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CMS Proposes Overhauling Meaningful Use: 4 Important Takeaways

Posted by Christina Zink on May 3, 2018

On Tuesday April 24th, CMS released a proposed rule which essentially overhauls the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs (also known as the “Meaningful Use” program). The proposed rule includes updates to Medicare payment policies and rates under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS). Here are five things you should know about the proposed changes:

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Topics: CMS, Interoperability, Policy, ACI Performance Category, PI Performance Category

HIMSS 2017 Orlando – The Happiest Place on Earth?

Posted by Lauren Patrick on March 2, 2017

HIMSS is the seminal event in healthcare technology each year.  This year it grew to 45,000 attendees and literally a mile of exhibit hall.  We logged miles of walking in one day just to cover the exhibit floor, and still did not see it all.  At this pivotal time in healthcare information technology, there were many important themes that were covered.

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Topics: Interoperability, Industry insights, Health IT

Did Bitcoin Pioneer the Future of Healthcare?

Posted by Lauren Patrick on January 26, 2017

Nearly 90 percent of healthcare organizations suffer data breaches according to the Ponemon Institute. [1] The level of data breaches is predicted to continue to grow.[4] What if there was a technology to better encrypt our health data, while also providing improved access to comprehensive health data for a patient? The quality of healthcare would rise, patient satisfaction would increase by leaps and bounds and costs would likely fall.  Sound idylic?


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Topics: Interoperability, Industry insights, Health IT

5 Reasons To Be Thankful For MACRA

Posted by Christina Zink on November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving is almost here! For me, this means reflecting on the things in my life that I am thankful for. Along with the tasty food I am about to consume with my loved ones, this year I am grateful for the MACRA Quality Payment Program. This may sound perplexing to you, as the MACRA Quality Payment Program has been causing a lot of alarm in the healthcare industry since the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM). However, with the release of the final rule came many provisions that I believe will improve the ease of reporting for clinicians while continuing to improve the quality of care for patients.

To briefly refresh before jumping in, the MACRA Quality Payment Program is split into two paths: the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (Advanced APMs). MIPS streamlines pre-existing CMS quality initiatives (like PQRS and Meaningful Use), while Advanced APMs are designed to encourage innovative value-based payment models.

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Topics: MACRA & MIPS, Interoperability, Industry insights