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MACRA Final Rule is Here!

October 17, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
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CMS has released the much anticipated final rule on MACRA.

BREAKING: CMS Officials Unveil Highlights of New MACRA Quality Payment Program In a Press Conference

October 14, 2016  |  Mark Hagland, Rajiv Leventhal, and Heather Landi
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After unveiling the new Quality Payment Program under MACRA on the CMS website, the agency’s Acting Administrator and its CMO shared with the press their comments on the program's highlights; meanwhile, Farzad Mostashari, M.D. offered his initial thoughts

BREAKING: MACRA Final Rule Released

October 14, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has finalized the highly-anticipated Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Final Rule.

CMS to Reduce Medical Record Review for Docs in Certain APMs

October 13, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an 18-month pilot program to reduce medical record review for physicians practicing in certain advanced alternative payment models (advanced APMs).

Can Medicare ACOs Learn from Commercial ACOs?

October 13, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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It was fascinating to read a new analysis from Commonwealth Fund researchers that looked at differences between commercial and government-sponsored ACOs in terms of making progress in key areas around accountable care development

American Hospital Association Launches MACRA Implementation Tool

October 12, 2016  | 
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With the possibility that the MACRA final rule could drop in the next few weeks, the American Hospital Association has launched an online tool, a MACRA Tracker, to help hospitals and physicians they employ prepare for Medicare’s new physician payment program.

Diving into Healthcare’s Data Blocking Enigma

October 11, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A recent conversation with the notable Dr. Farzad Mostashari left me further pondering one of the core issues in health IT right now.

MACRA Final Rule Expected Soon: What are the Considerations?

October 10, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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With rumors swirling that the MACRA final rule could drop from CMS sooner rather than later, now is a good time to take a look back at what was proposed and what key elements might be changed.

Industry Expert: Time for Physician Groups to “Figure Out” the Volume-to-Value Transition

October 10, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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At a time when more and more MD groups are taking on risk, the leaders of member groups in the California-based association known as CAPG, are figuring how to successfully navigate the transition from volume to value, says CAPG CEO Don Crane

From Value-Based Care to AI, Imaging Leaders Look to Radiology’s Future

October 10, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Medical imaging leaders face a number of challenges in the ongoing transformation of care delivery, yet many of the key market forces that are changing the field also are pushing imaging toward innovation, according to imaging informatics leaders.

UPMC’s Solano Shares What Works in MD-Driven Population Health (Part I)

October 7, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Francis X. (Fran) Solano, M.D., president of Community Medicine, Inc., the largest group of employed primary care physicians at UPMC health system in Pittsburgh, shares what has worked very well so far, in supporting physicians in practice, as they plunge into...

Health Affairs: Most ACOs’ IT Infrastructures Remain Immature

October 7, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Most ACO delivery systems remain at a nascent stage, according to a report published in the October edition of Health Affairs.

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