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AMIA Calls on HHS to Clarify Status of “Common Rule” Updates

June 28, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently sent a letter to the heads of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB), seeking information on the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects...

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

June 28, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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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
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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...

Anil K Jain, M.D. Appointed to Health IT Advisory Committee

June 27, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Anil K. Jain, M.D., IBM vice president and chief health informatics officer, has been appointed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to the 25-member Health Information Technology Advisory Committee as mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act.

What Can Urban Areas Learn from Rural Hospitals?

June 27, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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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.

The 2017 Healthcare Informatics 100 Product Breakouts: Consulting Services

June 26, 2017  |  the Editors of Healthcare Informatics
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Throughout the next several days, Healthcare Informatics will reveal its top 5 companies by revenue within these seven different categories to accompany the broader Healthcare Informatics 100 list.

MACRA’s Quality Payment Program and the “Goldilocks Problem” in Federal Healthcare Policy

June 23, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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The release this week of the proposed rule for 2018 for the Quality Payment Program under MACRA has fueled a full spectrum of reactions from industry leaders. Are federal healthcare officials getting it “just right” in terms of the levels of rigor built into the...

Senate Republicans Release Draft of Health Care Bill

June 22, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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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
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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?

Healthcare Industry Leaders React to Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule for 2018

June 21, 2017  |  Mark Hagland and Heather Landi
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One day after CMS released its proposed rule for 2018 requirements under MACRA’s Quality Payment Program, industry leaders express a spectrum of reactions to its complex skein of details, around data and IT requirements, what’s being measured, and the...

AMGA’s Ambivalent First Reaction to the Quality Payment Program’s Proposed Rule Release

June 20, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Late Thursday afternoon, following the release by CMS of the proposed rule for the 2018 Quality Payment Program under the MACRA law, AMGA’s Chet Speed spoke with Healthcare Informatics regarding what his association sees as the plusses—and minuses—of the...

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.

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