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64% of Healthcare Providers Not Ready for MACRA Implementation

March 23, 2017 - Even though MACRA’s Quality Payment Program started on Jan. 1, approximately 64 percent of healthcare providers stated that they were either unprepared or very unprepared for MACRA implementation in a February 2017 survey by Stoltenberg Consulting. The survey of healthcare IT professionals and C-suite executives at HIMSS17 echoed similar MACRA preparation concerns expressed in a recent...


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64% of Healthcare Providers Not Ready for MACRA Implementation

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Even though MACRA’s Quality Payment Program started on Jan. 1, approximately 64 percent of healthcare providers stated that they were either unprepared or very unprepared for MACRA implementation in a February 2017 survey by Stoltenberg...

MGMA to CMS: Notify Clinicians About MIPS Eligibility ASAP

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) recently called on CMS Administrator Seema Verma to immediately release Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligibility notifications as well as approved vendor lists and hospital or patient-facing...

AHA Critiques MedPAC’s Potential MACRA Implementation Changes

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently responded to potential MACRA implementation changes discussed at the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC) January meeting. The industry group called on MedPAC to “draw upon...

Exploring MIPS Advancing Care Info, Improvement Activities

by Jacqueline Belliveau

At HIMSS17, CMS leaders took the stage to ease provider concerns about the newly launched Quality Payment Program and its more popular value-based reimbursement track, the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Following up on their MIPS...

CMS Awards $100M for Small, Rural Clinician MACRA Help

by Jacqueline Belliveau

ORLANDO - CMS recently selected 11 healthcare organizations to receive a total of $100 million in funding to help small and rural eligible clinicians participate in the newly-launched MACRA. Each organization received $20 million to provide hands-on...

MGMA to Price: Simplify MACRA, Reassess Alternative Payment Models

by Thomas Beaton

MGMA would like HHS Secretary Tom Price to reduce the regulatory burdens of HIPAA and MACRA, reassess the development of Alternative Payment Models (APMs), and postpone implementation of the ONC’s 2015 Certified EHR criteria, the organization...

One-Third of Healthcare Execs Ready for MACRA Implementation

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Only 35 percent of healthcare executives said that their organization has a MACRA implementation strategy and feels prepared for the new value-based reimbursement program, according to a recent Health Catalyst and peer60 survey. The survey of...

Stakeholders Propose 4 MACRA Physician-Focused Payment Models

by Jacqueline Belliveau

MACRA’s Quality Payment Program offers 5 percent maximum incentive payments if eligible clinicians sufficiently participate in an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) from 2017 to 2022. But many specialists are still waiting for CMS...

MACRA Implementation, Healthcare Consumerism Trends at HIMSS17

by Jacqueline Belliveau

As healthcare stakeholders are packing their bags for the upcoming HIMSS17 conference in sunny Florida, many are expecting to learn about the hottest healthcare revenue cycle management topics from the past year. From MACRA implementation and...

How Radiologists Can Join an Advanced Alternative Payment Model

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Radiologists may want to look to the physician-focused payment model path in MACRA to develop specialty-specific Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APM), suggested a recent Journal of the American College of Radiology report. Harvey L. Neiman...

Patient Care Navigation Program Reduces Cancer Care Costs

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Using non-physician and nurse providers as part of a patient navigation program can significantly lower healthcare costs and utilization for cancer patients while generating a return on investment, a recent JAMA Oncology study revealed. From...

CMS: Innovation Center Key to APM, MACRA Implementation Success

by Jacqueline Belliveau

In a recent official blog post, CMS Acting Principal Deputy Administrator Patrick Conway, MD, highlighted the federal agency’s Innovation Center’s successes with alternative payment model development, especially as MACRA implementation...

OIG: Provider Support, Health IT Needed for MACRA Implementation

by Jacqueline Belliveau

MACRA implementation has been a major priority for CMS in the past year, but the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently found several challenges that could impede Quality Payment Program...

URAC Calls for Virtual Group Rules in Quality Payment Program

by Jacqueline Belliveau

URAC, a non-profit healthcare accreditation company, recently called on CMS to implement virtual group standards under the Quality Payment Program in 2018 that promote economies of scale for more activities than just reporting compliance. The...

CMS Unveils New Medicare APMs for Quality Payment Program

by Jacqueline Belliveau

CMS finalized several new Medicare alternative payment models that will qualify for a five percent value-based incentive payment through the Quality Payment Program. The announcement contained bundled payment initiatives for cardiac and orthopedic...

AMGA: Drop Transition, Add MSSP Track for MACRA Implementation

by Jacqueline Belliveau

With the Quality Payment Program set to launch on Jan. 1, 2017, the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) provided CMS with several MACRA implementation suggestions, including transition year elimination by 2018 and Medicare Shared Savings...

Slavitt Offers Value-Based Care Steps Post MACRA Implementation

by Jacqueline Belliveau

As CMS gets ready for MACRA implementation in the new year, CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt urged healthcare and political leaders to carry on value-based care progress made under the Affordable Care Act. In a statement at the MACRA MIPS/APM...

CMS Announces New Advanced Alternative Payment Model Options

by Jacqueline Belliveau

CMS recently announced new opportunities for eligible clinicians to participate in an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) under the Quality Payment Program in 2017 and 2018. The Oncology Care Model’s two-sided financial risk track...

Industry Groups React to Final MACRA Implementation Rule

by Jacqueline Belliveau

In the week that the healthcare industry has had to digest the 2,400-page final MACRA implementation rule, many industry groups have come forward to express support for the rule, especially attestation flexibilities, while others have challenged...

How MACRA Implementation Rules Affect Provider Profitability

by Jacqueline Belliveau

New value-based reimbursement models under the Quality Payment Program will launch on Jan. 1, 2017, leaving a couple of months for providers to educate themselves on MACRA implementation rules and prepare their practices for the shift. But taking...

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