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AMA/KPMG Survey: Docs Still Frustrated by MACRA’s Complexities

June 28, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
A new survey of 1,000 practicing physicians who have been involved in practice decision-making related to MACRA’s Quality Payment Program (QPP) shows that fewer than one in four physicians who have begun to get ready for the program feel well prepared to meet its...

Cardiac Monitoring Companies Will Pay $13.45 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations

June 27, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
Companies involved in remote heart monitoring through the use of the Pocket ECG device have agreed to pay the Justice Department $13.4 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by billing Medicare for higher and more expensive levels...

What Can Urban Areas Learn from Rural Hospitals?

June 27, 2017  |  Heather Landi
commentary
There are significant challenges facing rural healthcare leaders, yet a recent Commonwealth Fund webinar highlighted how a number of rural healthcare systems have become incubators for health system innovation.

Senate Republicans Release Draft of Health Care Bill

June 22, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
On Thursday, Senate Republican leaders, who have promised to repeal former President Barack Obama’s healthcare legislation for seven years, moved forward on that goal with the release of a draft of their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which...

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

June 22, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
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?

BREAKING: CMS Releases Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule for 2018

June 20, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
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
news
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
news
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.

Brookings Scholar Touts Recent HIE Study as “Economically Significant”

June 15, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
Health IT researcher Niam Yaraghi discusses a recent HIE study on reducing redundant medical procedures while examining HIEs’ struggles to date—and if they can be fixed going forward.

AHA Calls on CMS to Cancel Stage 3 of Meaningful Use

June 15, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
In response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) request for information on CMS flexibilities and efficiencies, the American Hospital Association (AHA) is calling on the agency to further reduce regulatory burdens on hospitals and health...

OIG Report Estimates CMS Overpaid $729M in MU Payments; How Concerning are the Findings?

June 13, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
During a three-year span starting in 2011, CMS overpaid an estimated $729 million in Medicare EHR incentive payments to eligible professionals who did not comply with federal meaningful use requirements, according to an OIG report.

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

June 6, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
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.

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