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Five Things to Do Today to Prepare for MACRA

Posted by Richard A. Royer on Jul 18, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Last year, Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) which replaced the much-maligned sustainable growth rate formula and included efforts to bring down costs while increasing quality.  MACRA rules are still being finalized but it will basically transform the way in which Medicare reimburses for physician services.

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Topics: EHR, Medicare, macra, value-based payments, quality measures, MIPS

Why Long-Term Care Can’t Ignore Care Coordination

Posted by Revee White on Feb 15, 2016 10:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: care coordination, Medicare, long-term care

Without Care Coordination Healthcare Providers Are Simply Playing A Game Of Telephone

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Jan 25, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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Remember that childhood game called telephone? The one where someone starts out with a normal sounding sentence and they whisper it to a friend. And then that person passes it on to another person, and the whole thing gets repeated over and over until the last person shares the mutated message they heard. That game demonstrates how information gets altered as it is passed from one person to the next. And it is fun because of how off-the-wall the end result is.

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Topics: care coordination, Medicare, nursing homes, transitions of care

How is Septic Shock Determined for New Sepsis Management Bundle?

Posted by Revee White on May 21, 2015 10:00:00 AM

The Sepsis Management Bundle is Coming Oct. 1 for hospitals participating in the CMS Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program. Beginning with Oct. 1, 2015 discharges, the new Sepsis Management Bundle will require certain criteria for determining when Septic Shock is present. 

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Topics: Quality Reporting, core measures abstraction, Medicare, clinical documentation

CMS Report: Quality Measures Demonstrate Improvement

Posted by Revee White on Mar 9, 2015 10:00:00 AM

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2015 Quality Measures report demonstrating healthcare has made “clear progress” in improving the delivery system to achieve the three aims of better care, smarter spending, and healthier people.

"The transformation is occurring across the healthcare system, in part due to key CMS initiatives, such as health information technology, aligned payment incentives and quality measurement," according to CMS.

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Topics: Quality Reporting, Medicare, patient safety, population health, accountable care

4 Obstacles Facing Value-Based Care

Posted by Revee White on Mar 2, 2015 10:00:00 AM

The healthcare sector is undergoing dramatic change. The rules around caring for patients – and being compensated for that care – are very different under the value- and outcome-based model that is becoming the norm.

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Topics: Quality Reporting, Medicare, operational efficiency, value-based care

Medicare Moving Quickly from Volume to Value: How Will You Respond?

Posted by Revee White on Feb 19, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Last month the Department of Health and Human Services announced a plan to link more than half of providers’ payments to quality of care by 2018 in an effort to reduce waste and make older Americans healthier.

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Topics: Medicare, operational efficiency, value-based care

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