In CMS
Feb 3rd, 2017
The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) is a Quality Payment Program that combines the existing Medicare Meaningful Use (MU), Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), and Value-Based Modifier (VBM) programs, and adds a fourth component to promote ongoing improvement and innovation to clinical activities. MIPS eligible clinicians must report successfully on defined quality measures and act...
Some APMs do not exempt clinicians from MIPS. In this transition year of the Quality Payment Program, practices have the option to participate in an alternate payment model (APM). There are advantages to doing so, but you must do your homework. In 2017, some APMs will not meet statutory requirements to be categorized as advanced APMs. Clinicians ...
Physicians need help to stay independent, and  AAPC Members are encouraged to learn more about MACRA and reporting requirements. AAPC is publishing materials to help members. A recent report published by Kareo shows survey results on how independent physicians are responding to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act’s Quality Payment Program. The survey, conducted after ...
In Billing
Jan 9th, 2017
A final rule effective July 13, 2017, which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) maintains will improve home health care while streamlining providers’ requirements, has been published in the Federal Register.   Home health patients receive coordinated services ranging from skilled nursing to physical therapy to medical social services, all under the direction of ...
Jan 6th, 2017
Houston, Texas’ MD Anderson Cancer Center will lay off 800-900 employees—5 percent of its workforce—because, hospital officials said, of falling physician productivity thanks to electronic medical records (EMRs). Those to be cut work in administrative and supportive roles, such as billers and clinical employees who don’t work with patients, the hospital said. The Wall Street Journal ...