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CMS Provides MACRA Support for Clinicians In Need

CMS Provides MACRA Support for Clinicians In Need

The Quality Payment Program (QPP) reporting period, a part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), officially began on January 1st, 2017. Providers have between now and October 1st to begin their quality reporting for MACRA in order to ensure they won’t receive negative payment adjustments in 2019. Though MACRA has …continue reading

Top 7 Affordable Care Act Provisions Likely to Survive 2017

Top 7 Affordable Care Act Provisions Likely to Survive 2017

Though the Affordable Care Act has seen its fair share of controversy, the law has had a huge impact on American healthcare.  We’ve seen the law make healthcare more accessible for millions of Americans, and also create huge rate hikes which are expected to continue increasing in the coming years. The huge rate hikes, as well as …continue reading

Increase Revenue Growth by Capturing the Managed Medicaid Care Market

Increase Revenue Growth by Capturing the Managed Medicaid Care Market

One of the largest opportunities for medical practice revenue growth in the next few years is the Managed Medicaid Care market. Nearly 93 million individuals will be eligible for Medicaid by 2024, and the vast majority of them are likely to enter managed care plans. Medicaid beneficiaries are a huge segment of the healthcare market …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

Clinical Decision Support in EHRs for Meaningful Use

Clinical Decision Support in EHRs for Meaningful Use

Clinical Decision Support is health information technology implemented through electronic health records that can increase the quality of care, help to avoid clinical errors, improve efficiency, reduce costs, enhance outcomes, and boost provider and patient satisfaction. CDS is a tool that supplements clinical judgments by helping assist care team members in making timely, informed, and higher …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

Avoid MACRA Penalties Based on New Guidance

Avoid MACRA Penalties Based on New Guidance

Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of the Center’s for Medicaid and Medicaid Services (CMS) has written a blog post on the implementation of Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Slavitt’s post titled, “Plans for the Quality Payment Program in 2017: Pick Your Pace”, shows a way providers can participate in MACRA in a slower and potentially …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

Why Healthcare Portals Are the Next Level of Patient Engagement

Why Healthcare Portals Are the Next Level of Patient Engagement

A successful practice is one that does two things well: maintains financial profitability, and develops strong provider-patient relationships. The way a practice communicates and educates patients is a huge factor in determining healthcare success. The simple and underutilized tool to create better patient engagement is efficient use of healthcare portals. Portals are online gateways of communication between doctors, patients and clinical staff. …continue reading