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MACRA 2018 Rule Reaction: Relief for Small Practices More of a “Band-Aid” than a Long-Term Fix

June 22, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Responding to stakeholder concerns, CMS is looking to make year two of the Quality Payment Program simpler for small practices. What will be the fallout for these clinicians?

Healthcare Industry Leaders React to Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule for 2018

June 21, 2017  |  Mark Hagland and Heather Landi
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One day after CMS released its proposed rule for 2018 requirements under MACRA’s Quality Payment Program, industry leaders express a spectrum of reactions to its complex skein of details, around data and IT requirements, what’s being measured, and the...

AMGA’s Ambivalent First Reaction to the Quality Payment Program’s Proposed Rule Release

June 20, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Late Thursday afternoon, following the release by CMS of the proposed rule for the 2018 Quality Payment Program under the MACRA law, AMGA’s Chet Speed spoke with Healthcare Informatics regarding what his association sees as the plusses—and minuses—of the...

BREAKING: CMS Releases Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule for 2018

June 20, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a proposed rule that would make changes in the second year of MACRA’s Quality Payment Program (QPP), with the aim to simplify the program, especially for small, independent and rural practices.

Aledade Continues Expansion, Partners with UnitedHealthcare for Accountable Care

June 19, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Aledade, a Bethesda, Md.-based company focused on physician-led accountable care organizations (ACOs), and UnitedHealthcare are working together in a new accountable care program with the aim to improve the quality of healthcare in Arkansas.

MedPAC Report Pushes for MIPS Redesign

June 19, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In its June 2017 report to Congress, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) advised that the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) under MACRA be redesigned.

Survey: Physicians Quicker to Adopt Chronic Care Management Program, yet Moving Slow on MACRA

June 6, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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While physician groups in the U.S. are speeding up their adoption of the government’s Chronic Care Management program, they still remain in the dark about the details of MACRA, which the CCM initiative has come to support.

Survey: 70 Percent of Health Plans Bullish on Outcomes-based Contracts

June 1, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Most health plans have favorable attitudes toward outcomes-based contracts and many are actively pursuing them, according to a new survey from Avalere, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm.

Health IT Now Again Calls for Refocus of ONC’s Oversight Authority

June 1, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Health IT Now Coalition has once again written a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS) Tom Price, M.D., urging the federal agency to promote interoperability, reduce regulatory barriers, and refocus the role of the ONC.

CMS Issues Technical Assistance Resource Guide for Clinicians Participating in MACRA

May 30, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a technical assistance resource guide for clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program, in either the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or the Advanced Alternative Payment...

Up-and-Comers 2017: SA Ignite’s Laser Focus on Regulatory Optimization

May 26, 2017  |  David Raths
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Tom Lee, Ph.D. has built a solid company around creating software nicknamed the “TurboTax for Meaningful Use,” because it makes regulatory compliance easier for health systems.

HHS’ New Health IT Lead Speaks Out on EHR Usability, Interoperability

May 25, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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HHS deputy assistant secretary for health technology reform, John Fleming, M.D., spoke at an event on May 24 where he reaffirmed the government’s two core health IT priorities—better electronic health record (EHR) usability and interoperability.

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