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Do You Know Your MACRA Participation Status?

Do You Know Your MACRA Participation Status?

Summer is almost gone, and we’re getting closer to the Oct. 2nd deadline to collect quality reporting data under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The level to which you participate this year determines what your payment adjustment will be in 2018. Our number one piece of MACRA advice: avoid negative payment adjustments. …continue reading

Why Improve Healthcare Through Increased Patient Engagement?

Why Improve Healthcare Through Increased Patient Engagement?

Many doctors and medical professionals consider patient engagement to be an unnecessary increase to the time and effort of running a medical practice. Why spend the money to implement a set of digital patient engagement tools if the managing tools themselves is an impediment to providing health care? The view that patient engagement tools only …continue reading

More Click-Saving for Doctors’ Best EMR Software

More Click-Saving for Doctors’ Best EMR Software

An example of the kind of safety issues that electronic medical records (EMR) was designed to mitigate were errors in prescription writing caused by illegible handwriting. In the words of The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the main goal of health information technology is to improve the quality and safety …continue reading

Who Bears the Costs and Receives the Benefits of Telehealth?

Who Bears the Costs and Receives the Benefits of Telehealth?

Let’s talk telehealth. Telehealth is healthcare delivered over telecommunications technology, using combinations of internet, phone, cellular text, or audio/video streams. The delivery of telehealth could take place on a fifty year-old rotary dial telephone, or using a modern mobile device with a patient portal or physician app. Telehealth can potentially ease the administrative burden of …continue reading

Can Big Data Revolutionize Healthcare?

Can Big Data Revolutionize Healthcare?

If you were to ask five people their definition of Big Data, you would get five different answers. Tons of information is received and stored in a patient record, and electronic health records (EHRs) are the repositories for all this information. How we apply Big Data in meaningful ways is the next step in healthcare. …continue reading

What Parts of the Affordable Care Act Are Nationally Embedded?

What Parts of the Affordable Care Act Are Nationally Embedded?

Since its enactment, the Affordable Care Act has been rife with opposition on both sides of the aisle, and it has undeniably created sweeping changes to the landscape of American healthcare. If the latest data can be believed, the law seems to have made healthcare more accessible for millions of Americans, and it also has …continue reading

Telehealth Is Healthcare’s New Frontier, Powered by MACRA

Telehealth Is Healthcare’s New Frontier, Powered by MACRA

Perhaps the top priority for providers in the coming years is the successful transition from Meaningful Use to MACRA. The motivation for meeting the requirements of this transition is a series of compensation adjustments, both positive and negative. MACRA, or the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 is the bipartisan brainchild of the …continue reading

Reputational Impact of Providers’ MIPS Composite Scores

Reputational Impact of Providers’ MIPS Composite Scores

The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System quality reporting period begins at the start of 2017, with the payment adjustment period following two years after. The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System is a component of biggest overhaul of the Medicare payment system in recent history, the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act. I believe it’s important to understand …continue reading

Is EHR Interoperability Possible with a National Patient Identifier?

Is EHR Interoperability Possible with a National Patient Identifier?

When we look at how healthcare data is managed in the U.S, we see a vast array of different systems in different companies—managing information in a thousand different ways. While the goal is the same for everyone: to build an infrastructure that promotes interoperability and safety, the consequence of having multiple information systems is the …continue reading