This is the last year for reporting of the PQRS Quality Measures as we know it today. In 2017, the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) will go into effect combining several programs into one. Please refer to our prior Provider News and Alert publication dated October 14, 2016 for more information. If you are submitting your 2016 PQRS Quality Measures via the claims method and are unsure if you will be a “successful reporter,” to avoid...

By Jaime Ojeda It is an understatement, to say the least, that the results of the presidential election was a shock to many.  For those of us intimately involved with the healthcare landscape, and specifically focused on Health IT that supports many goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the question quickly turned to, “How will all this impact Health IT spending in the coming years?” By coincidence, I spent the night of the election, and the...

By Susan D’Agostino, RN Using proper tools of analysis, an organization can drive clinical excellence by managing initiatives, providing patient population management and measuring key performance indicators (KPIs). PrecisionBI can empower a healthcare facility to extract data from the EHR and turn it into information that can help transform healthcare. What can a clinic do in preparation for 2017 MIPS measures?  Keep reading. Assuming that you are already participating in MU, PQRS and so on, the first step...

On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, CMS finalized revisions to payment policies under the physician fee schedule along with other revisions to Part B for calendar year 2017. These changes are scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on November 15, 2016. These revisions and regulations will be effective on January 1, 2017. Among these changes, the final rule outlines: Changes for the 2017 calendar year physician fee schedule for physician services: The current 2016 conversion...