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MACRA Overview The MACRA Quality Payment Program (QPP) replaces the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) for setting the physician fee schedule rate changes and consolidates several quality and incentive programs into one.  There are two performance tracks in the program, the Merit-Based Incentive Program (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs).  The Advanced APM track offers…

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The digitization of healthcare was a much-needed change brought after years of hard work and effort. One might wonder how could one justify the expenditure of 10 billion dollars in a span of five years just on digitization! The problem intensifies when after several studies we find out that EHRs only reciprocate around 30-35 cents…

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This hour-long ACP Leadership Academy Webinar sheds light on the complicated topics of MACRA, MIPS, and APMs. MACRA (The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act) is a bipartisan legislation that was signed into law in April of 2015. It’s is part of a broader push towards value and quality and it’s Congressional intent is as…

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On May 2, 2016 Peter Basch, MD, MACP, Chair, Medical Informatics Committee, American College of Physicians (ACP) submitted ACP’s comments on the ONC Health IT Certification Program to Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ACP is the largest medical specialty…

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In a joint post on the CMS blog Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Dr. Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced plans to retire the Meaningful Use program in favour of a new program under the Merit-based Payment System (MIPS). The new program,…

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There are big changes in the midst for EHR incentive programs. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) was passed by the Senate on April 14, 2015 (92–8) and was subsequently signed into law by President Barack Obama just over a year ago. MACRA’s primary function is to establish new ways to…

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On March 2, 2016 ONC published their “ONC Health IT Certification Program: Enhanced Oversight and Accountability” Proposed Rule in the Federal Register. The proposed rule would modify the ONC Health IT Certification Program and focuses on three areas: ONC Direct Review of Certified Health IT Oversight of ONC-Authorized Testing Laboratories Transparency and Availablity of Surveillance…

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Last week active CMS Administrator, Andy Slavitt, announced the phasing out of Meaningful Use “as we know it.” This week ONC National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo and Andy Slavitt have expanded on plans for upcoming changes to the Meaningful Use program on the CMS blog. While many media outlets (AmericanEHR included) reported that Meaningful Use…

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Speaking at the  J.P. Morgan Annual Health Care Conference on Jan. 11, 2016, Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt announced that CMS is in the process of ending Meaningful Use and moving to a new regime culminating with the MACRA implementation. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (also known as MACRA) was signed into…

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