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Should You Be Participating In PQRS?

by Jeff Jones, CPHP on March 29, 2016


For the first few years of PQRS, practices were eligible for incentive payments for PQRS reporting. In 2015, however, EPs that did not report on specific quality measures are facing downward adjustments to Medicare payments in 2017. Here's how you know whether you should be participating in PQRS (if you aren't already).
 

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Topics: PQRS, Incentive Programs

Medicare EHR Incentive Program Attestation Deadline this Friday

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 9, 2016

Eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program must attest using the Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System no later than Friday, March 11, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

CMS Extends Hardship Exception Application Deadline

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 29, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) has extended the deadline to July 1 for eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals (EHs), and critical access hospitals (CAHs) to apply for a Medicare Electronic Health (EHR) Incentive Program Hardship Exemption.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

Is Your Brand at Risk? How MIPS Can Impact Physician Brand

by Jeff Jones, CPHP on February 23, 2016

In our previous blog post, How MIPS Affects Physician Reimbursement, we introduced the topic of how MIPS will highlight a clinician’s brand and could possibly affect the amount of patients a clinician sees. This blog post dives deeper into this concept and explores what you can do to begin attacking MIPS now in order to establish a positive brand and start accepting new patients.

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Topics: Merit Based Incentive Payment System, Incentive Programs

6 FAQs About the Merit Based Incentive Payment System

by Jeff Jones, CPHP on February 18, 2016

In April 2015, both Congress and President Obama approved a bill called the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), a significant, bipartisan bill that repealed the Medicare Part B SGR reimbursement formula and replaced it with a pay-per-performance program. This new program is called the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and it is changing provider reimbursement.

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Topics: Merit Based Incentive Payment System, Incentive Programs

CMS Extends the Attestation Deadline for the EHR Incentive Programs

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 11, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) extended the attestation deadline for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs to Friday, March 11, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET, from the original deadline of Monday, February 29.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

How MIPS Affects Physician Reimbursement

by Jeff Jones, CPHP on February 9, 2016

Declining reimbursement is one of the greatest financial challenges physicians face today. While there isn't much you can do to stop reimbursement cuts, you can be proactive in learning about the Merit Based Incentive Payment System and how it will impact physician reimbursement.

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Topics: Merit Based Incentive Payment System, Incentive Programs

The Merit-Based Incentive Program: What You Need to Know

by Jeff Jones, CPHP on January 27, 2016

The healthcare industry has unveiled another addition to the already enormous alphabet soup. This new addition goes by the name MIPS, or more properly, Merit-based Incentive Payment System and it is quickly moving healthcare provider towards value-based reimbursement. Here's how.

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Topics: Merit Based Incentive Payment System, Incentive Programs

What the Meaningful Use Change Means for Your Practice

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 22, 2016

While many physicians had a sigh of relief when CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt announced last Monday that the end of the meaningful use program is near, many were left hanging with unanswered questions as to what is next. On Tuesday, CMS posted an update to Slavitt's comments that outlines the transition and what it means for doctors and hospitals.

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Topics: Incentive Programs

Obama Signs Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption Legislation

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 5, 2016

Last week, President Obama signed into law a bill (S 2425) that expands providers' eligibility for hardship exemptions to Stage 2 of the meaningful use program, EHR Intelligence reports. The legislation will create a blanket hardship exemption from 2015 meaningful use penalties, which would have been assessed in 2017.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

Congress Passes Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption Legislation

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 21, 2015

On Friday, Congress approved legislation (S 2425) that aims to make it easier for providers to obtain hardship exemptions to Stage 2 of the meaningful use program, Health Data Management reports. The bill now heads to President Obama.

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Topics: Incentive Programs

Will EHRs and Meaningful Use Take Medical Practices Into the Future?

by Nicole Laucks on December 5, 2015

In 2009, President Obama signed the HITECH Act into law, creating a roadmap  for a nationwide health information infrastructure. The goal was to have every healthcare provider in America using electronic health records (EHRs) in such a way as to improve care quality and efficiency of care delivery. 
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Topics: EHR, Incentive Programs

What PQRS Payment Adjustments Could Mean for Your Practice

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 10, 2015

Revenue cycle management in many medical practices will soon have to take into account the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). PQRS uses payment adjustments to encourage promoting of quality information by both group practices and eligible professionals (EPs).

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Topics: PQRS, Incentive Programs

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 Signed Into Law

by Keith Lage on November 10, 2015

On Monday, November 2, President Obama signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. Among its provisions, the two-year budget deal sets 2016 Medicare Part B premium rates, changes Medicaid rebate policy, repeals the ACA auto-enrollment requirement, and provides for a new Medicare payment policy for new outpatient providers.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Medical Business, CMS, Incentive Programs

What You Need to Know to Avoid a 2% PQRS Penalty

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 4, 2015


Healthcare revenue cycle management will undergo changes in coming years as fee-for-service payment models give way to more value-based payment models. The 
Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) began in 2007 as an incentive-based reporting program for eligible healthcare providers to report quality data to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) through Medicare claims forms.

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Topics: PQRS, Incentive Programs

CMS and ONC Release Final Rules for EHR Incentive Programs

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 7, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently announced the release of final rules for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs and the 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria. The rules will be published on October 16, 2015, and are currently on display in the Federal Register. 

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

[Infographic] How Providers are Using EHRs & Health IT to Improve Care

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 30, 2015

While some practices have denied use of an EHR, others are embracing electronic  health records software to improve patient care, revenue, communication, and participate in various government incentive programs. HealthIT.gov recently released an infographic on how providers are using EHRs and Health IT to improve patient care. In fact, 8 in 10 physicians reported that EHR use has enhanced overall patient care.

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Topics: EHR, Incentive Programs

CMS Proposed Rule to Shorten Meaningful Use Reporting Period

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 14, 2015

CMS issued a new proposed rule for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs  to align Stage 1 and Stage 2 objectives and measures with the long-term proposals for Stage 3.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

NPRM for Stage 3 Meaningful Use & 2015 Edition Certification Criteria

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 25, 2015

On Friday, CMS released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for Stage 3, the next step in the implementation of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. Concurrently, ONC also announced the proposed 2015 Edition certification criteria for health IT products. Both proposed rules focus on the interoperability of data across systems, and make the EHR Incentive Programs simpler and more flexible.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

CMS Extends EHR Attestation Deadline for Medicare Eligible Professionals

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 26, 2015

 

Eligible professionals now have until 11:59 pm ET on March 20, 2015to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program 2014 reporting year. 


CMS extended the deadline to allow providers extra time to submit their meaningful use data. CMS continues to urge providers to begin attesting for 2014 as soon as they can. 

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs