Policy Perspectives from a Week in DC

December 2nd, 2016 By
I'm finishing up a trip to Washington as I write this, within a stone's throw of Capitol Hill, at the National MACRA MIPS/APM Summit. On Thursday December 1st, CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt delivered his now published and to-be-oft-quoted passionate capstone keynote on "Keeping Medicare's...
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2017 MIPS Participation Options Announced by CMS: Our Take

September 9th, 2016 By
On September 8th, CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt published a blog post that outlined four ways for organizations to either participate in or be exempt from MIPS in 2017 to ease the transition. Here is a brief summary of the options: Option 1: Organizations can report some data to avoid...
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Observations Regarding a Possible Delay of MIPS/MACRA

August 30th, 2016 By
CMS is required to published the MACRA final rule by November 1, 2016. In the meantime, we are frequently asked about a possible delay or shortening of the first performance period of MACRA/MIPS, currently proposed to be starting January 1, 2017. Acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt left open...
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MACRA from an SA Ignite Customer Perspective

June 14th, 2016 By
  Ogechika K Alozie MD MPH CPHIMS Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO) Office of Clinical Informatics Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Change is afoot for the future state of healthcare! Critics state it is for the worse, the optimists, for the better. After...
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Top 3 New Features in Version 5 of the MIPS Financial Calculator

April 6th, 2016 By
Now that Medicare MU and PQRS data submission season is over, we all have a chance to catch our breath, take a rest, and then get ready for the next swath of value-based program deadlines creeping up towards us. At risk of interrupting your well-deserved spring break hiatuses, below are the top new...
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5 Things to Track Through HIMSS16

February 7th, 2016 By
With HIMSS16 happening earlier than usual this year and smack dab in the middle of MU and PQRS data submission season, it’s easy to lose track of what to look for coming out of the show this year. To assist, here are five things we are monitoring and will continue to cover through our...
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In Response to Last Week’s Comments by CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt

January 18th, 2016 By
On January 12, 2016, at the 34th annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco, Andy Slavitt, the acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) gave a presentation regarding a wide variety of CMS initiatives including the Meaningful Use (MU) and the...
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CMS Request for Information on eCQM certification

January 18th, 2016 By
Hope everyone had a great holiday! Just finished reading this interesting RFI with comments due to CMS this month; you can read it here. CMS wants eCQM feedback CMS is soliciting feedback on how EHR vendors might be held to higher standards in terms of the number of eCQMs they must support and...
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