Healthcare Revenue Cycle Management, ICD-10, Claims Reimbursement, Medicare, Medicaid

MACRA Implementation

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...

Impact of Quality Payment Program on Medicare Reimbursement

by Jacqueline Belliveau

With the final rule on MACRA implementation finally emerging, eligible clinicians were presented with a range of Quality Payment Program participation options that would impact Medicare reimbursement payment adjustments in 2019. The Quality Payment...

CMS Finalizes MACRA Implementation, Quality Payment Program

by Jacqueline Belliveau

CMS released the long-awaited final rule on MACRA implementation earlier today, which stated that the new value-based reimbursement system will start on Jan. 1, 2017. The final MACRA implementation rule will replace the Sustainable Growth Rate...

GOP Doctors Caucus Suggests MACRA Implementation Changes

by Jacqueline Belliveau

In a recent letter to CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt and Director of the Office of Management and Budget Shaun Donovan, the GOP Congressional Doctors Caucus called for several MACRA implementation changes to make the value-based reimbursement...

AMA Releases New MACRA Implementation Resources for Providers

by Jacqueline Belliveau

With a final ruling on the proposed MACRA implementation rule expected to arrive in early November, the American Medical Association (AMA) recently released three new tools to help healthcare providers prepare for the value-based reimbursement...

CMS Selects 2 Orgs to Provide MACRA Implementation Support

by Jacqueline Belliveau

CMS will award up to $5 million to the Virginia Cardiac Service Quality Initiative and the American Psychological Association  to provide primary and specialist care providers with MACRA implementation support.  The two organizations...

AMGA: New MACRA Flexibilities May Penalize Prepared Providers

by Jacqueline Belliveau

New MACRA flexibilities for the first performance year of the program may help some providers ease into new value-based reimbursement programs, but the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) recently argued that new attestation tracks may...

Four New MACRA Tracks Allow Flexible Attestation for Providers

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Eligible clinicians will be able to select their own pace for MACRA attestation to ensure all participants can succeed under new value-based reimbursement programs, CMS announced. On its official blog, the head of CMS detailed four options for...

House Reps Ask CMS for MACRA Implementation Flexibilities

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Representatives from the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee have penned a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell calling for more flexibilities with MACRA implementation. With the value-based care...


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