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MACRA interoperability advancements

Kerry McDermott, vice president of public policy and communication at the Center for Medical Interoperability said the organization's recenlty released maturity model can be used to assess interoperability progress. 

By Diana Manos 07:11 am September 20, 2016
The Center for Medical Interoperability introduced a new maturity model and HIMSS publicly commented that focusing on technical interoperability is not enough in the industry-wide move toward value-based care and alternative payment models. 
CMS Slavitt MACRA flexibility
By Susan Morse 06:50 pm September 08, 2016
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Acting Administrator outlines four new options that physician groups will have to comply with the law, avoid negative payment adjustments and, in certain cases, even qualify for a modest incentive payment.  
By Beth Jones Sanborn 12:05 pm September 01, 2016
Kristen Held, MD, cautioned that physicians cannot ethically comply with the rule as it stands today and predicted that many will opt out of Medicare because of it. 
By Kaiser Health News 10:45 am August 25, 2016
In their professional journals, at conferences, on social media and healthcare blogs, and in comments to federal regulators, the nation's doctors are expressing growing anger and frustration about the changes MACRA will bring.
MACRA IT payment model

iHealth Innovations chief growth officer Justin Barnes said the hospitals cannot simply throw technology at the new payment model. Instead, thriving under MACRA will take leadership and analytical thinking. 

By Diana Manos 07:21 am August 01, 2016
The regulation as it stands today is confusing. Don’t panic. Crush it instead. Experts share tips on how to make that happen. 
MACRA Deloitte
By Bill Siwicki 12:17 pm July 18, 2016
Nearly 8 in 10 physicians in a new survey said they prefer fee-for-service over risk-bearing, value-based care under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.

CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt told a Senate Committee on Wednesday he undestood that small, rural physician practices would struggle with new MACRA rules.

By Beth Jones Sanborn 01:23 pm July 13, 2016
"We understand new rules require adjustment and preparation," said Andy Slavitt, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services acting administrator.

"The proposed scoring system is nothing short of a mathematical marvel," said Halee Fischer-Wright, MD, president and CEO of MGMA, of MACRA's proposed Merit-Based Incentive Payment System. "Its narrow definition of APM provides almost no opportunities for medical groups to begin the shift away from fee-for-service reimbursement."

By Jessica Davis 11:21 am June 27, 2016
The physician practice association offered recommendations for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and Alternative Payment Models proposed by MACRA – including a reduction of reporting requirements across MIPS.

"Providing these tools to help physicians and other clinicians in small practices navigate new programs is key to making sure they are able to focus on what is most important: the needs of their patients," said Vindell Washington MD, principal deputy national coordinator.

By Jessica Davis 10:25 am June 21, 2016
$20 million will be given each year, for the next five years, to provide training and education for Medicare clinicians.
MACRA EHR Interoperability

AMA President Steven Stack, MD, said that the time has come to leave the flawed measures of meaningful use behind and advance interoperability under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. 

By Bernie Monegain 10:05 am June 06, 2016
The American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association call on ONC to rethink how it measures interoperability. Rather than simply gauging data exchange, they contend, ONC should focus on better care coordination.

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