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Report: MACRA 2018 Rule Under Review as Tom Price Looks to Relieve Docs

April 27, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Trump administration is currently reviewing potential 2018 updates to MACRA that would especially ease the burden the new legislation puts on small physician practices, according to a report this week in The Hill.

Do MIPS Reporting Measures Create an Even Playing Field For Clinicians?

April 26, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Rita Numerof, Ph.D., co-founder and president of Numerof & Associates, believes there are concerns for providers regarding the reliability and validity of specific individual measures in MIPS.

CMS Calling for New Measure Proposals Under MIPS

April 24, 2017  |  Heather Landi
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is requesting healthcare industry stakeholders to propose new measures under the Advancing Care Information (ACI) Performance Category for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2019.

Allscripts Solution Said to “Deliver Fully Certified 2015 Edition Technology”

April 21, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Chicago-based Allscripts has attested that, through a partnership with Drummond Group LLC, it has developed a solution that is certified to enable clinicians to meet the requirements of the meaningful use program as well as the Quality Payment Program.

At The Iowa Clinic, an Analytics-Driven Adult Immunization Project Drives Results

April 18, 2017  |  Heather Landi
To address gaps in its adult vaccination rates, The Iowa Clinic initiated an analytics-driven collaborative project to increase immunization rates, with a specific focus on pneumococcal pneumonia and influenza immunizations.

GAO: Medicare Coverage Restrictions, Payment Holding Back Telehealth

April 18, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
While telehealth and remote patient monitoring can provide benefits for patients who cannot easily travel long distances for care, the most significant barriers still are payment and coverage restrictions, according to a new report from the GAO.

Trump Administration’s Impact on Health IT Analyzed in New Report

April 12, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Most healthcare professionals do not believe that the ACA will be repealed anymore, but plenty of policy and health IT-related challenges exist in healthcare sub-sectors as industry leaders wait for more direction from the Trump administration.

Advisory Board: Shifting Concerns for Health System CEOs

April 7, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The top concerns for C-level hospital and health system executives have undergone a significant disruption over the past year.

Physicians’ Time Evenly Split Between Seeing Patients and “Desktop Medicine”

April 4, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Physicians spend essentially the same time seeing patients as they do on “desktop medicine,” according to new research published in the April issue of Health Affairs.

Connecticut State Medical Society to Establish Physician-Led HIE

April 3, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) has announced a partnership with KaMMCO Health Solutions (KHS) in which the organizations will establish a statewide, physician-led health information exchange.

BREAKING: Media Reports Announce Donald Rucker, M.D., Named New ONC National Coordinator

March 31, 2017  |  Heather Landi
Donald Rucker, M.D., a former Siemens Healthcare executive, will lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), according to numerous media reports.

Issue Brief: ACO Participation Can Increase MACRA Performance Scores

March 30, 2017  |  Heather Landi
According to a new issue brief from Caravan Health, participating in a Medicare Shared Savings Program accountable care organization (ACO) could potentially help physicians earn up to a 25 percent positive Medicare payment adjustment in 2018 under the Medicare...


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