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Media Report: Anthem Loses Appeal to Overturn Blocked Merger with Cigna

April 28, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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According to a report from Bloomberg posted today, Anthem Inc. lost its bid to overturn a court ruling that blocked its planned merger with Cigna Corp.

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

April 27, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Telehealth Report Reveals Varied Progress Across 50 States

April 20, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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CCHP’s report, its fifth edition, covers state telehealth laws, regulations and Medicaid policies available and contains current information for all 50 U.S. states.

GAO: Medicare Coverage Restrictions, Payment Holding Back Telehealth

April 18, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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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.

CMS Issues 2018 IPPS Proposed Rule with Eye on Regulatory Simplification

April 17, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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CMS has issued a proposed rule that would update 2018 Medicare payment and polices when patients are admitted into hospitals, and which would make changes to several quality reporting programs.

HIMSS Urges HHS Secretary Price to Delay 2015-Edition EHR Deadline

April 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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In letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, HIMSS recommends moving the start date for the requirements around using the 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria to July 1, 2018, rather than January 1, 2018.

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

April 12, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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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.

Study: Voluntary Value-Based Care Programs Help Reduce Readmissions

April 11, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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A recently published study found that hospital participation in voluntary, value-based reforms, such as Meaningful Use and Medicare’s Pioneer and Shared Savings ACO program, is associated with greater reductions in 30-day readmissions for patients with three...

As HHS Turns to the Seasoned Donald Rucker, Health IT Leaders Breathe a Sigh of Relief

April 10, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Industry experts and leaders have not made secret their praise for the reported next head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

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