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Jackie Lichwell, RN, BSN, MSHMI

Go Ahead: MACRA My Day

by Jackie Lichwell, RN, BSN, MSHMI, Senior Manager, Quality Performance

CMS’ final MACRA rule is here, landing on our desks with a 2,000 + page thud.  Here's what you need to know.

October 27, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Policy and Reform, Medical Billing and Payers, Practice Management

Johanna Georgilas

CMS Benchmark Data: Too little, Too Late

by Johanna Georgilas, RN, BSN, MBA, Senior Manager, Clinical Quality Management

CMS recently announced that it will use 2014 benchmark data to measure how well eligible providers performed against 2015 quality metrics compared to their peers nationally. Based on provider performance, CMS will net groups with 10+ providers a downward, neutral or upward payment adjustment on their 2017 Medicare Part B allowables. This is good and bad.

November 30, 2015|Categories: Healthcare Policy and Reform

Stephanie Zaremba

Stage 3 of Meaningful Use Still Lacks Interoperability and Provider Groups Aren't Pleased

by Stephanie Zaremba, Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs

Last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized changes to Stage 2 of Meaningful Use for 2015-2017 and new Stage 3 requirements to take effect in 2018. This final rule was largely consistent with what CMS proposed in April, aimed at reducing the complexity of program requirements. Yet despite CMS’s attempt to simplify the Meaningful Use program in response to years of stakeholder complaints, the final rule was again met with widespread criticism, particularly from providers.

November 12, 2015|Categories: Healthcare Policy and Reform, Meaningful Use, Interoperability

Allison LaValley

Why You Should Be Paying Attention to PQRS

by Allison LaValley, Executive Director of Clinical Performance

If you’re not currently putting some focus on the (PQRS) program, you’ll need to. Fast. With this initiative from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), more providers than ever are accountable for delivering high quality and low cost care. Those who don’t participate will receive a financial penalty in two years; those who succeed can take advantage of bonus payments. 

July 01, 2015|Categories: Healthcare Policy and Reform

Allison LaValley

3 Things to Know about CMS' Proposed Changes to Meaningful Use

by Allison LaValley, Executive Director of Clinical Performance

On April 10, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made good on their promise from January to modify Meaningful Use requirements. The result is a 200-page document including detailed proposed changes to the Meaningful Use program, so we’ve surfaced some of the biggest takeaways providers should be aware of:  

April 28, 2015|Categories: Meaningful Use

Stephanie Zaremba

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished in Meaningful Use

by Stephanie Zaremba, Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs

Not even three months ago, Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), announced that there would be no more delays of the compliance dates for the Meaningful Use program (she said the same thing about ICD-10, but let’s not go there). Earlier this week, CMS essentially reversed that position in what amounted to a big smack in the face to any health care provider that has put in the effort and time to knock Stage 2 out of the park.

May 23, 2014|Categories: Healthcare Policy and Reform, Meaningful Use

Dan Haley

3 Takeaways from HIMSS 2014 — Policy and Otherwise

by Dan Haley, SVP and General Counsel

Now that another HIMSS conference is in the books, here are a few things that occurred to me as I wandered the vast expanse of the Orange County Convention Center (West), in no particular order:


February 28, 2014|Categories: Healthcare Policy and Reform

Dan Haley

HIMSS13: Long Walks, Tiring Repetition and Meaningful Use News

by Dan Haley, SVP and General Counsel

While walking the mile-long (literally) HIMSS main exhibit hall two weeks ago in New Orleans, I found it hard to avoid the conclusion that our industry is running out of words. Booth after booth, company after company, virtually everyone’s catchy slogan is a variant of someone else’s catchy slogan. Everybody is enabling something or empowering someone. Put it this way: If an attendee took a sip of beer at each appearance of the word “innovation,” he or she would be unconscious on the floor barely a quarter of the way through the hall.


March 18, 2013|Categories: Cloud Services, Healthcare Policy and Reform, Meaningful Use

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