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. … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 the biggest overhaul of the Medicare payment system in recent history, the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act. I believe it’s important to … Read more

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 … Read more

Meaningful Use Benefits for Your Medical Practice

Healthcare policy today offers many opportunities for providers to obtain financial gains by demonstrating quality care. These programs encourage providers to give quality care and reward them with incentives when they do. The incentive program known as Meaningful Use (MU) was introduced as part of the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health … Read more