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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

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

Universal Benefits of Value Based Care

Universal Benefits of Value Based Care

TL;DR Value-based care is a potentially viable payment model for practices, regardless of MACRA participation The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are focusing on small and rural practices in preparation for MACRA HIMSS submitted a Comment Letter detailing their concerns and recommendations for MACRA The …continue reading

ACI Program from MACRA to Overhaul Meaningful Use

ACI Program from MACRA to Overhaul Meaningful Use

We’ve recently looked at the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and its overhaul of Medicare, specifically with the revamping of quality reporting systems (Meaningful Use and PQRS). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has just released new important information on MACRA that directly affects how providers use electronic health …continue reading

How to Prepare for 2017 with MACRA Final Ruling

How to Prepare for 2017 with MACRA Final Ruling

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released the Final Rule on the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), or what they call the Quality Payment Program. MACRA is designed to overhaul the current Medicare payment system into one that incentivizes quality and value over volume. Eligible clinicians will participate in MACRA through two …continue reading