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CMS bans use of texting by doctors to place medical orders.

In a recent memo, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has outlined a position that the texting of medical orders by physicians is not permissible. The position was outlined in a late December memo to state survey agency directors from the head of CMS’ Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Survey and Certification Group. The … Continue reading CMS bans use of texting by doctors to place medical orders.

MACRA Year 2 for MIPS and APMs

One of the most frequent complaints from patients – and providers – is that physicians are so overwhelmed by technology and paperwork that they do not have sufficient time to spend with patients. A new initiative integrated into Year 2 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), “Patients over Paperwork,” is labeled as a collaborative process … Continue reading MACRA Year 2 for MIPS and APMs

8 Paradoxical Habits of Wildly Successful People

You know what they say about opinions—everybody has one. If you want to see that truth in action, just Google “characteristics of successful people.” Some of the results will undoubtedly point to the famous Marshmallow Study at Stanford, which demonstrated that the ability to delay gratification is a key component of success. But that’s far … Continue reading 8 Paradoxical Habits of Wildly Successful People

Telehealth Market to Transform the Face of Healthcare IT Industry

Telehealth helps in improving relationship between patients and healthcare provider for enhanced patient care and satisfaction. Telehealth provides medical expertise in quick and convenient manner, and at reduced cost. Using telehealth, healthcare professionals can advise patients in their homes and workplaces. Physicians can also treat their patients from hospitals, medical facilities or from other places … Continue reading Telehealth Market to Transform the Face of Healthcare IT Industry

CMS Proposes Massive Payment Reduction to 340B Participating Entities

CMS released its proposal for CY 2018 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) payment rules, which contained significant changes to reimbursement for hospitals participating in the 340B Drug Pricing Program. CMS’s proposal would cut hospital outpatient reimbursement for drugs purchased through the 340B program—from ASP plus 6% to ASP minus 22.5%. In addition, it would … Continue reading CMS Proposes Massive Payment Reduction to 340B Participating Entities

Systems Of Insight And Engagement Will Reshape The Future Of Healthcare

Your EHR Is Not An Analysis Tool Healthcare organizations are often over-invested in systems of record, and they misuse them in a failed attempt to drive insight and engagement. It is that failure that has spurred interest and investment in new technologies, and healthcare organizations have to purchase systems of insight and engagement in order … Continue reading Systems Of Insight And Engagement Will Reshape The Future Of Healthcare

Diving into the MIPS timeline, performance categories & scoring

With 2017 just around the corner, that means data collection for the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) implementation program – the Quality Payment Program – is about to begin. MACRA will eliminate the sustainable growth formula and replace it with a .5% annual rate increase through 2019, after which physicians are encouraged to … Continue reading Diving into the MIPS timeline, performance categories & scoring

CMS proposal exempts another 134K from MACRA

CMS on Tuesday released the anticipated proposed rule updating the Quality Payment Program — the program implementing MACRA — for 2018. The proposal allows for the exemption of small providers participating in the program by increasing the low-volume threshold to $90,000 or less in Medicare Part B charges or 200 or less Medicare patients annually. The … Continue reading CMS proposal exempts another 134K from MACRA