Five new members have been added to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), including former National Coordinator for Health IT, Karen DeSalvo, M.D., the Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced.
At this time last year, healthcare stakeholders were filled with uncertainty, as the future of healthcare policy remained very much in limbo. But in the past several months, an air of stability has presented itself.
As the healthcare industry makes steady progress to value-based care models, one healthcare thought leader sees the commercial payer market playing a larger role, going forward, in pushing provider organizations into value-based care arrangements.
CMMI, created to test new and cost-effective approaches for delivering and paying for healthcare, has partially met its goals, while just four out of the innovation center’s 37 alternative payment models have actually achieved lower spending and higher quality.
With ongoing discussion about the implications of CMS' proposed hospital payment rule, Jeff Smith, vice president of public policy at AMIA, dives into the details of the rule, including how CMS might be raising the interoperability stakes.
System functionality and cost are the two largest deciding factors in healthcare providers’ decision to switch electronic health record (EHR) vendors, despite the significant cost associated with a new EHR purchase and implementation, according to a study...
Despite all the buzz about new entrants disrupting healthcare, the majority of healthcare stakeholders are dubious about the impact of the Amazon/Berkshire Hathaway/JP Morgan healthcare partnership and believe the effort will face substantial challenges,...
April 26, 2018 | Rajiv Leventhal and Heather Landi
As health IT observers and stakeholders have begun to unpack the 1,883-page CMS proposed rule on meaningful use rebranding, discussion has emerged on if the government will be forcing providers to participate in health information exchange activities.
CMS has released the comments submitted by healthcare stakeholders in response to the CMS Innovation Center’s new direction RFI, while also announcing that the agency is considering a direct provider contracting model as a result of the feedback.
MGMA, AMA and 47 other physician organizations have sent a letter to CMS, calling for the federal agency to reduce the burden of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) by shortening the quality data reporting period from 365 to 90 days.
On this latest Healthcare Informatics podcast, notable health IT expert Micky Tripathi, Ph.D., talked about what he learned at HIMSS18, KLAS’ report on CommonWell and Carequality, Apple’s health records solution, and much more.
In its March report to Congress, MedPAC, a policy advisory group, recommends repealing MIPS and replacing it with an alternative model of reimbursement. Several industry thought leaders weigh in on the implications of this recommendation and the future of MIPS.
Following the conclusion of the annual HIMSS Conference, Michael McCoy, M.D. shared with Healthcare Informatics his perspectives on the policy, industry, and technological cross-currents influencing the shift from volume to value in healthcare right now
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services plans to offer up to $30 million in grant funding over three years for the development and expansion of quality measures for use in the Quality Payment Program.
In this latest Healthcare Informatics podcast, David Barbe, M.D., American Medical Association president, discusses the 2018 MACRA final rule, how it differs from 2017 and why he has reservations about the MedPAC proposal to repeal and replace MIPS.
UnitedHealth Group said last week that it will offer data and analytics, technology and care coordination to support bundled payment models, including CMS' Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced) program.
During a daylong listening session sponsored by ONC and CMS on the issue of reducing clinician burden, healthcare industry stakeholders shared a litany of frustrations and complaints about EHRs contributing to administrative burden and physician burnout.
Rita Numerof, Ph.D., recently was a guest on the Healthcare Informatics podcast, where she reiterated her concerns with MACRA/MIPS, noting that there are “fundamental issues in the design and the philosophy behind the program.”
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has announced that its eMeasure testing laboratory is now approved by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
Momentum continues to grow for value-based care as nearly three-quarters of healthcare executives report their organizations have achieved positive financial results from value-based payment programs, to date, according to a new study from the Healthcare...
New estimates released Wednesday from CMS’s Office of the Actuary project an average annual rate of national health spending growth of 5.5 percent for 2017–2026, outpacing average projected growth in GDP by 1.0 percentage point. As a result, the health share of...
A Congressional bill passed in the early morning hours on Feb. 9 brought an end to an overnight government shutdown, while also including provisions that give CMS the option to slow down certain aspects of MIPS.