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New Rule Swaps Meaningful Use For “Promoting Interoperability”

New Rule Swaps Meaningful Use For “Promoting Interoperability” 2 Big Proposed Meaningful Use Changes The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule on April 24, 2018, focused on increasing interoperability and empowering patients and their providers. Under the proposed rule, CMS plans to increase price transparency for consumers and physicians alike, …

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Hospital Compare Website Updates Available

Hospital Compare Website Updates Available The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the Hospital Compare website with new quality data. Programs and initiatives that were updated on the website include Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR), Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) and Prospective Payment System (PPS)-Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting (PCHQR). What is updated …

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RCM Blog Series – Part 1: Surviving Financial Storms

Surviving Financial Storms Hospitals and physician practices nationwide have seen a steady erosion of their revenues in recent years, with rural providers being particularly hard hit. In the first installment of this blog series on revenue cycle management, we take a look at the market forces affecting revenue cycle management. Physicians New Role It’s been …

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Hardship Applications Available for Eligible Hospitals & CAHs

Hardship Applications Available for Eligible Hospitals & CAHs Hardship exception applications for eligible hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) who were eligible to participate in the 2017 performance year of the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, also known as Meaningful Use (MU), are now available. Who does not need to submit a hardship exception application for …

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Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Prompts MIPS Changes

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Prompts MIPS Changes On February 8, 2018, President Donald Trump signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 marking changes to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System(MIPS) track of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). Per the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, clinicians should expect changes to the MIPS “transition” years.   Transition …

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How To Get Started With Telehealth

How To Get Started With Telehealth How Do I Get Started Implementing Telehealth?   There are 3 main steps you need to take to get started with telehealth; examine your current ecosystem, determine the best technology and decide on the optimal uses.  Traditionally, telehealth platforms have begun with a network within a health system, allowing physicians …

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The Barriers and Benefits of Telehealth

The Barriers and Benefits of Telehealth What Are The Biggest Barriers to Telehealth Implementation? According to studies by HIMSS Analytics and Vidyo, the 5 greatest barriers to telehealth implementation are: Cost of implementation Complexity of implementation and use Reimbursement structure cost Disadvantages compared to face-to-face interactions Problems with lack of existing infrastructure Providers considering adopting …

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