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Physicians Are Behind Schedule on MACRA Preparations

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Dec 8, 2016 10:00:00 AM

On January 1, 2017 the first MACRA reporting period will begin. Considering CMS says that more than 700,000 clinicians are expected to participate in MACRA’s new reporting program next year, it is surprising and a little alarming that as recently as July of 2016, half of surveyed physicians said they had never heard of MACRA (the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015).

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Topics: macra, APM, MIPS

MIPS CPIAs: How to Apply them to Your Practice

Posted by Janell Royer on Dec 6, 2016 10:00:00 AM

As we saw in the final Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) rulings the beginnning of this month, there were some changes made to performance categories. Several of those changes took place to the Clincical Practice Improvement Activities (CPIA).

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Topics: macra, MIPS

Primaris PQRS Reporting Numbers You Should Know

Posted by Adam Voight on Dec 5, 2016 10:00:00 AM

As you probably realize, the PQRS reporting period is right around the corner. That means, right now, many healthcare teams are scrambling to prepare. Quality reporting is stressful. Teams are usually short on time and resources – and that makes tackling a large number of records in a limited timeframe difficult. As you think about how your team will pull together the necessary data and find the man hours to complete reporting tasks, consider these numbers related to quality reporting and Primaris:

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Topics: PQRS, PQRS GPRO reporting, PQRS reporting

Here are Some Essential MACRA Resources for Physicians

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Dec 1, 2016 10:00:00 AM

MACRA is changing the way healthcare providers are reimbursed for care. If you are a physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist or certified registered nurse anesthetist that bills Medicare $30,000 or more annually – or you care for at least 100 Medicare patients – MACRA applies to you.

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Topics: EHR, operational efficiency, macra, population health management, QPP

#MGMA16: MACRA, ACOs, Practice Transformation, and more

Posted by Robin Corderman on Nov 29, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Primaris attended the MGMA 2016 Annual Conference in San Francisco October 30 – November 2.  We were there to network with attendees as both exhibitors and fellow healthcare professionals confronting the complex challenges of healthcare reform.    

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Topics: MGMA

Taking Steps Toward Technology-Supported Population Health Management

Posted by Adam Voight on Nov 28, 2016 10:10:00 AM

Primaris CEO Richard Royer’s recent article featured in Health IT Outcome, Taking Steps Toward Technology-Supported Population Health Management”, discusses how physicians can use technology to manage the health of their patients.

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Topics: population health management

More Accountability for Health Outcomes is Motivation to Focus on Population Health Management

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Nov 24, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was passed in April of 2015, and from the very beginning, physicians have had conflicting feelings about the healthcare law. On one hand, nearly everyone is happy to say goodbye to the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, so there is reason to celebrate MACRA and the replacement of SGR. On the other hand, MACRA and the Quality Payment Program (QPP) are pushing large scale changes onto physicians, and there are legitimate concerns about whether or not practices can survive in the new reimbursement era.

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Topics: EHR, macra, population health management, MIPS, QPP

Primaris Brings Home Platinum, Gold at 2016 MarCom Awards

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Nov 22, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Primaris is the proud recipient of two honors in the 2016 MarCom Awards, an international competition administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. The awards represent work across print media, strategic communications, digital media and video.Platinum Site Bug.png

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Topics: MarCom, marketing

GPRO 2016: The Top Ten Reporting Changes You Need to Know

Posted by Jacque Gabriel, RT, (R), (M), (QM) on Nov 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

You finally think you understand GPRO—the measures, the process, and even all the requirements. You get your entire staff team on board. You are ready to go, and then...they change the rules! 

Those of you who have experience in quality reporting, know this is quite common, and there isn't much you can do about it. PQRS GPRO reporting is complex and complicated, we can all agree on that. So, when changes are constantly made, it is even more challenging. Unfortunately, you still have to report GPRO. So, the best thing you can do is be engaged by staying up to-do-date and educating yourself with the resources provided.  

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Topics: gpro abstraction, PQRS GPRO reporting, GPRO reporting

MACRA Ruling Buys Time for Workflow Adjustments Aimed at Managing Population Health

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Nov 17, 2016 10:00:00 AM

CMS recently released the final MACRA ruling. It contains detailed information about the Quality Payment Program (QPP) that will launch its first reporting phase in January of 2017. While it is helpful to finally have more information about the planned changes to Medicare reimbursements, the 2,000+ page final rule is not exactly light reading. Thankfully, CMS also released several other resources, like the new website for the Quality Payment Program, that offer need-to-know details in easier to digest portions.

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Topics: EHR, quality improvement, macra, population health management, MIPS


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