Impact Insights

TEFCA in a Nutshell – Part 2

April 23, 2019

This past Friday (April 19, 2019) Health and Human Services (HHS) released its long awaited update to TEFCA–the “Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement”. This... More

Interoperability and Information Blocking Proposed Rules from CMS & ONC

March 4, 2019

On February 11, 2019 CMS and ONC released complimentary proposed rules on Information Blocking and Interoperability. Long anticipated, these rules will influence how we exchange electronic... More

QPP Final Rule for 2019: Overview

November 8, 2018

This past Thursday, November 1, 2018, CMS released the 2,378 page Final Rule encompassing both the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and the Quality Payment Program... 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

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

Alphabet Soup of Value-Based Care

April 11, 2016

Confused by the alphabet soup of government value-based reimbursement programs coming down the pike? You are not alone. Meaningful Use, Value-Based Modifiers, PQRS, Hospital Acquired... 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

Where’s the Beef (Benefits)?

January 13, 2016

Healthcare costs in the U.S. just topped $3T per year and the U.S. has the most expensive healthcare costs per citizen of any country by... More

Week in Review 1/8/16 – New MU Hardship Exception; Next Generation of Wearables

January 8, 2016

RELIEF (AND ALSO MORE CONFUSION) WITH MEANINGFUL USE… Last week, President Obama signed a bill into law that essentially establishes a blanket hardship exception for... More

Week in Review 11/13/15 – Hospital EHR Adoption; Use of Mobile Apps

November 13, 2015

HOSPITAL EHR ADOPTION ON THE RISE… A new study in Health Affairs finds that 75% of U.S. hospitals had at least a “basic” EHR in... More