Public Policy

QPP 2017 vs 2018

QPP Year 2 – What’s Changed … and What Hasn’t   It was just over a year ago (October 14, 2016) that CMS released the final rule for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), radically changing the basis for Medicare reimbursement. The momentous Medicare reform law repealed the Sustain Growth Rate (SGR) and created …

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ICD-10 Unspecified Codes

Welcome to the Azalea Health Industry Webinar Series, dedicated to helping you successfully navigate the healthcare industry. When ICD-10 codes became mandatory in 2015, physicians were granted amnesty from Medicare and most commercial payers.  This grace period will officially end on October 1, 2016.  After this date, providers will be subjected to post payment reviews …

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Legislation Introduced Aimed at Improving Rural Healthcare Delivery, Support & Health IT Infrastructure

Amidst the hectic and ever-changing regulatory environment of healthcare, there has been a greater push for legislation specifically directed at improving health care in rural areas. Several bills were recently introduced by Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) aimed at bolstering healthcare in rural areas by addressing infrastructure, access and quality issues common to communities struggling to meet …

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