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),

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.

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.

NY State EPCS goes electronic controlled substances

NY State EPCS goes electronic controlled substances

Electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) improves patient safety and care. It plays an important part in helping to fight America’s opioid abuse epidemic by eliminating the exposure of a practitioner’s signature and DEA number. 21 million original prescriptions for opioids were written, not including refills,

ONC Releases 2016 Interoperability Standards

Interoperability refers to systems that allow providers to share data among different practitioners, insurers, billing/scheduling systems and health information exchanges improving quality of patient care, improving efficiency of reporting and data filing, and making life saving information more readily available.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently released its 80-page 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory.

Meaningful Use Down for the Count

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) they have been working with physician and consumer communities and have listened to their needs and concerns – and this has led to the demise of Meaningful Use.

This came on the heels of American Medical Association (AMA) President Steven J.

Hardship Exemption Signed into Law by Obama

Legislation was recently passed which will allow hardship exemptions from financial penalties for failing to meet Stage 2 meaningful use electronic health record (EHR) requirements in 2015.  Spearheaded by Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.)  and as reported on Practice of the Future, “A patient-centered health care system relies on the principles of quality and responsiveness.

ICD-10 – Easy as 1,2,3

October 1, 2015 – less than a month away and the ICD-10 transition will be one of the largest healthcare transitions ever seen in the US. The switch will affect all healthcare providers and patients – it is an across the board switch, so providers are all ‘in it together’ focusing on the switch and the planning the implementation.

ONC Releases Interoperability Roadmap Comments

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is a staff division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (ONC).  They recently published nearly 250 public comments that it received regarding the draft of its nationwide interoperability roadmap. The comment period was open for 90 days and ended on May 1, 2015.

How MACRA Affects Medicare?

On April 16th, President Obama signed into law the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA CMS reform). This historic Medicare Reform has several very important effects on Medicare.

The legislation permanently repeals the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), creates a framework for rewarding clinicians for value over volume,