Apr 13th, 2017
Facilities participating in voluntary value-based programs have fewer readmissions than those not-involved, according to a study in AMA’s JAMA Internal Medicine.  The 10-year study, conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan, analyzed 30-day readmission rates for patients treated for heart disease and pneumonia in 2,800 hospitals. Study Results “Association Between Hospita...
Mar 27th, 2017
Editors’ Note:  Data provided for this story was researched and compiled by David Blackmer, MSC. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to be the law of the land, so we asked AAPC members how their practices have changed since Obamacare was enacted.  In a recent survey, we found about half our members’ ...
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 ...