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

June 22, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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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
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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.

CMS Issues Technical Assistance Resource Guide for Clinicians Participating in MACRA

May 30, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a technical assistance resource guide for clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program, in either the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or the Advanced Alternative Payment...

Thinking Strategically about MACRA and MIPS: Will It Be Sink or Swim in 2019? (Part 2 of Two)

May 17, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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In Part Two of a two-part article, healthcare IT experts explore the reputational and operational implications of MIPS reporting as well as the necessary investments in health IT and other resources in order to succeed in the program.

Thinking Strategically About MACRA and MIPS: Will it Be Sink or Swim in 2019? (Part 1 of 2)

May 10, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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In Part One of this two-part article exploring the implications of MACRA for healthcare providers, healthcare leaders and health IT experts discuss why it’s critical for clinicians to think strategically, rather than tactically, about MACRA compliance.

Ambulatory EHR Market Projected to Reach $5.2 Billion by 2021

May 9, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The global ambulatory EHR market is projected to reach $5.2 billion by 2021, up from $3.92 billion in 2016, driven by government support for the adoption of healthcare IT, growing usage of EHR solutions and the need to curtail healthcare costs, according to new...

One-on-One with Dr. Robert Pearl, The Permanente Medical Group CEO, at World Health Care Congress

May 1, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Dr. Pearl caught up with Healthcare Informatics Managing Editor Rajiv Leventhal at the conference to talk about integrated care, health policy, health IT's role, and more.

Connecticut State Medical Society to Establish Physician-Led HIE

April 3, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) has announced a partnership with KaMMCO Health Solutions (KHS) in which the organizations will establish a statewide, physician-led health information exchange.

Healthcare Informatics Report Confirms MDs’ Lack of Preparedness for MACRA

March 29, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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A survey cosponsored by Healthcare Informatics and physician social network SERMO uncovers a significant lack of preparation by most practicing physicians for the data reporting requirements under the MACRA law

At the Health IT Summit in Cleveland, Framing MACRA As an Opportunity

March 23, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Robert Schwartz, M.D., a principal with The Chartis Group, told attendees at the Health IT Summit in Cleveland on Thursday that the requirements under the MACRA law offer both challenges and opportunities for hospital organization leaders

At Chicago’s Presence Health, Taking a Thoughtful Path Forward into Value-Based Care

March 9, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Sam Bagchi, M.D., chief medical officer and chief quality officer at Presence Health, based in Chicago, shares his perspectives on the thoughtful path that he and his colleagues are taking forward into value-based and accountable care

One Radiology Chair’s Perspectives on the Use of Teleradiology Firms to Extend Radiologist Capabilities

March 8, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Phillip Kohanski, M.D., chief of radiology at William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, Connecticut, shares his perspectives on his organization’s journey around the use of external teleradiology services

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