MACRA, The New Payment Reform: How To Avoid Penalties

MACRA

 

Welcome to the world of MACRA!  In this video webinar the EHR team explains the difference between MIPS and APM as well as the requirements they have.  Changes from existing programs (MU & PQRS) happening in MIPS are discussed and suggestions for practice work flow to meet the requirements are provided.  

MIPS Track, What’s the MACRA Quality Payment Program?

MACRA: MIPs Track

MIPs, is one of the MACRA tracks, during this webinar recording, we will take you into a deep dive into the composite score and four performance categories that make up the Merit-Based Incentive System which include: Quality, Clinical Improvement Activities, Cost, and Advancing Care Information.
We will go over how they relate to Meaningful Use and PQRS,

From Paper to Paperless

As electronic health records are becoming the norm for clinical settings such as hospitals, there are still many that are in transition. Paper communication still occurs while health care professional adjust to the digital methods of data basing. Types of issues to consider during this transition are the security requirements and strict privacy policies of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the more recent Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.

How to Defend Your Network Against the Ransomware Virus

Think like a detective. A loved one is in the hospital and (Most Healthcare Practices). You are visiting and the normal daily processes are continuing about like nothing is wrong. A conversation between two nurses catches your ear. They mention briefly about some information being held for ransom and no one can access their computers.

MIPS and APMs: Which Path Will You Choose?

Starting in 2019 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin with its new reimbursement system and as with current programs, there will be both bonuses and penalties under the Quality Payment Program. This new system rewards provider for delivering high quality and cost effective care. The system will replace the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS),

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EHR Incentive Programs: 2015 through 2017 (Modified Stage 2) Overview

 

CMS recently released a final rule that specifies criteria that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must meet in order to continue to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.

EHRs in the Cloud

EHR in the cloud, unlike a local server or personal computer, cloud computing uses remotely hosted third-party servers to store data in large data centers. The data is then shared with other devices and consumed by customers on-demand over the internet much like electricity is shared over a grid. As a quick example, imagine the time,

EHRs, Interoperability and MACRA

Recently, the American Academy of Family Physicians recommended to The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) that interoperability measures be more patient-centric in order to forward care coordination and continuity. At the ONC’s Annual meeting on May 31st it was said by Epic Vice President that the concept of interoperability needs to be widened to include “interoperability of knowledge” which he feels are methods to determine which of the vast amounts of data are actually important.

Population Health Management Tools Make All the Difference

Population Health represents a change in the focus from the individual-level, characteristic of most mainstream medicine. With Population Health, doctors strive to care for not only the patients in front of them, in their offices – but also to those patients that have not been in the office lately to make sure they are getting the care they need and preventing many chronic conditions.

Do mHealth Apps Fall under HIPAA Laws?

The short answer…yes! In February of this year, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a document covering just this very topic. The longer answer…as mHealth grows, so do the number of questions surrounding privacy of records, the relationships of app developers and covered entities under the act, and the scenarios in which the definitions might be made.

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