Impact Insights

MIPS/MACRA Impact Simplified: the “Competition Curve”

August 28, 2017

With the release of the 2018 MIPS/MACRA “Proposed Rule” there are a number of changes that will likely become law in the near future. While... More

ICD-10 Issue and its Impact on CMS PQRS Penalties

January 11, 2017

This week, CMS announced that it was providing relief for PQRS payment adjustments for any Eligible Professional or group practice that “fails to satisfactorily report... More

Specific HIT Provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act

December 28, 2016

As we mentioned in our last blog post, the IT provisions of this bill are particularly interesting. We’ll look at each topic and provide a... More

The New “21st Century Cures Act” Summarized

December 14, 2016

The 21st Century Cures Act, a bipartisan bill that was overwhelmingly passed by the Senate (94-5) and House (392-26), has this Tuesday (December 13th) been signed... More

MIPS/MACRA Final Rule – Key Takeaways

October 18, 2016

This past Friday (10-14-16) CMS released the Final Rule for MIPS/MACRA (refer to our Friday Blog Post for more details and documents). Today, we’d like... More

MIPS/MACRA Final Rule Released (10-14-16)

October 14, 2016

The long-awaited “Final Rule” for MIPS/MACRA has been released today (10-14-16) by CMS. The entire 2400 page Final Rule can be downloaded here: MIPS/MACRA Final... More

CMS Eases MIPS/MACRA Reporting Requirements with “Pick Your Pace” Program

September 16, 2016

On September 8, 2016, CMS’ Andy Slavitt announced a “Pick Your Pace” program in the CMS Blog. This clarifies the reporting requirements for MIPS/MACRA for... More

Meaningful Use Updates: 90-Day Reporting Period and More

July 12, 2016

This past Wednesday (July 6, 2016) CMS released a 764 page Proposed Rule (CMS-1656-P) that among other things will streamline how Meaningful Use (MU) will be... More

Is MIPS “Stacking the Deck” against Solo Providers?

June 14, 2016

In my last post (“The Top 5 Things You Need to Know about MIPS/MACRA RIGHT NOW!“), we talked a bit about the “budget neutrality” requirement of... More

The Top 5 Things You Need to Know about MIPS/MACRA RIGHT NOW!

May 17, 2016

As many of you know, the MIPS/MACRA “Proposed Rule” was recently released by CMS on April 27, 2016. What you may not know are some... More

MIPS, MACRA & MU — The Next Evolution of Healthcare Payment Reform

April 7, 2016

“The meaningful use program as it has existed will now be effectively over.” — CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt J.P. Morgan Annual Health Care Conference,... More

The EHR Developer Code of Conduct – Next Steps in its Evolution

February 8, 2016

Recently, the HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA) released its “EHR Developer Code of Conduct.” This code of conduct was developed to promote “a set of transparent industry... More

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Meaningful Use Stage 3: Objective 6 – Coordination of Care through Patient Engagement

July 14, 2015

Perhaps the most complex proposed objective of Stage 3 is next: Coordination of Care. This proposed objective has multiple parts, and is a consolidation and... More

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Meaningful Use Stage 3: Objective 5 – Patient Electronic Access to Health Information

July 6, 2015

Half-way home now, we’ll address Objective 5 today, and one of the more interesting proposed objectives, Patient Electronic Access to Health Information. This is an... More

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Meaningful Use Stage 3: Objective 4 – CPOE

June 23, 2015

Today we’ll address the fourth of our proposed Stage 3 objectives, “CPOE” (Computerized Provider/Physician Order Entry). As a reminder, the complete Stage 3 proposed rule... More