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Chronic Care Management: A Strategic Step to Improve Quality of Care in the Value-based Reimbursement Era

September 15, 2017  |  Bill Sillar, National Director of Clinical Call Services, Change Healthcare
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Quality of care through optimized performance is today’s mantra in healthcare. It underpins our industry’s pursuit of the Triple Aim: to improve the experience of care, improve the health of populations and reduce per capita costs of healthcare.1 Achieving...

In Op-Ed, CMS Signals “New Direction” for Innovation Center, Issues Request for Information

September 20, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, CMS Administrator Seema Verma said the Trump Administration plans to lead the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation “in a new direction” to give providers more flexibility with new payment models and to...

At ATLAS Conference, Experts Analyze the Wide-Ranging Implications of Health Policy

September 19, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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At the ATLAS conference, thought leaders discussed the current health policy landscape and how patient access, evolving care delivery models, and innovation all could be impacted.

HIEs Could Help Cut Billions in Medicare Spending, New Research Finds

September 18, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Health information exchanges (HIEs) have the potential to cut billions in Medicare spending, particularly in those healthcare markets that have established HIE infrastructures, according to new research.

PODCAST: Consultant Says MACRA is Here and it’s Time to Get Familiar

September 18, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In this 15-minute podcast, consultant Michael Abrams discusses what he’s seeing and hearing as it relates to clinician readiness for MACRA, and what advice he’s offering clients who are still feeling uneasy about the QPP.

The AMA’s David Barbe, M.D.: Let’s Work Together to Optimize MD Outcomes Reporting

September 16, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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The current president of the American Medical Association, David Barbe, M.D., discusses the challenges and opportunities around physician outcomes reporting under MACRA/MIPS—and what healthcare IT leaders can do to collaborate with physician leaders

MGMA: Some Physicians “Getting Fleeced” When Receiving Electronic Paychecks

September 11, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Nearly one in five doctors surveyed in a recent MGMA (Medical Group Management Association) Stat poll reported that their electronic funds transfer (EFT) payments from health plans come with a fee.

Senate Appropriations Bill Calls for Boost in NIH Funding

September 8, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Senate Committee on Appropriations has approved a 2018 budget bill that aims to push forward investments in the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—an agency which President Trump previously hoped to cut funding from.

Specialty Practices Not Ready for MACRA, Survey Finds

September 6, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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One hundred percent of specialty physicians indicated that they have not yet fully grasped MACRA’s impact on their practices, according to a recent survey from West Palm Beach, Fla.-based vendor Integra Connect.

CMS Announces Efforts to Help Texas and Louisiana with Hurricane Harvey Recovery

September 1, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma has announced efforts that are underway to support Texas and Louisiana in response to Hurricane Harvey.

AHA Urges Congress to Take Steps to Reduce Regulatory Burden on Hospitals

August 31, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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In a letter (PDF) to Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, who serves as chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means’ Subcommittee on Health, the American Hospital Association (AHA) listed numerous areas in which lawmakers could take action to ease legislative and regulatory...

Medicare Shared Savings ACOs Saved $1 Billion Over Three Years

August 30, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Accountable care organizations (ACOs) participating in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) Medicare Shared Savings Program reduced spending by nearly $1 billion in the first three years of the program, according to a report by the U.S....

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