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Know the Score: Understanding the MACRA Advancing Care Information Category

Posted by Strategic Planning Team on June 14, 2017 at 9:00 AM

We are now six months into the implementation of MACRA and organizations have moved from the theoretical to reality when it comes to the law’s new requirements. The transition has put the CMS EHR incentive program – better known as Meaningful Use (MU) – in the rear-view mirror, replaced by the Advancing Care Information (ACI) component of the MIPS track of MACRA.

MU mandated that organizations meet minimum thresholds when it came to the use of EHR technology. ACI aims to take the integration of electronic records to the next level by focusing on performance, not just use. ACI expands MU to include MIPS eligible clinicians who were not previously eligible for incentive payments such as physician assistants, nurse practioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists and hospital-based EP’s.

CMS has outlined several major goals in designing the requirements for ACI:

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Topics: meaningful use, strategic planning, MACRA

MACRA 101: 9 Things You Need To Know

Posted by Don Michaels, Ph.D. on June 29, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Congressional passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) last year was only the beginning of a major upheaval in Medicare reimbursements. This past April the other shoe fell – all 962 pages of it. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) providing the details on the plan to transition healthcare providers from a payment system based on volume to one that rewards value. MACRA is the next step in driving healthcare organizations from a fee-for-service to a value-based care reimbursement model.

The massive NPRM document will be dissected and discussed (and maybe even read) for many months to come, but the implications for clinicians providing care under Medicare Part B are real and far-reaching. The major consequence for those of you who are Medicare providers is that you will soon have to choose to operate under a merit-based incentive program or transition to an Alternative Payment Model. Other than leaving the practice of medicine, there is no third choice.

Here are nine things you need to know to help you begin digesting this next significant change in the healthcare industry.

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Topics: cms, meaningful use, value-based care, MACRA

Healthcare Leaders blog series: Advice for the Modern IT Leader, John Halamka, MD, CIO

Posted by John Halamka on June 5, 2015 at 10:45 AM

Hayes is pleased to introduce our Healthcare Leaders blog series. In this series, we ask some of healthcares most prominent leaders to comment on the current state of healthcare as well as discuss what they think the future holds. Our first Healthcare Leader blog is authored by John Halamka, MD, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and co-chair of the national Healthcare IT Standards Committee.

Advice for the Modern IT Leader

By John Halamka, MD, CIO Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Recently I gave a keynote address about the characteristics of the modern IT leader - call it my top 10 list of behaviors and tactics.    As a pre-amble, I offered an environmental scan of the regulatory and business challenges we’re likely to face over the next five years.

All IT leaders have weathered the impact of the Meaningful Use program, ICD-10 implementation, HIPAA Omnibus Rule and Affordable Care Act.   Over the past few weeks, the Sustainable Growth Rate fix, the 21st Century Cures Act, and the Burgess Bill have added even more complexity to IT tactical planning.   Here’s my advice.

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Topics: healthcare IT planning, ICD-10, meaningful use, thought leadership, IT strategy, healthcare leaders, advice, Hayes Thought Leadership Blog Series

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