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November 24, 2015

Putting the “Meaning” in MU Public Health Reporting: 
How to Move Beyond “Check the Box”

Can Medicare influence health care delivery via the “public health” reporting requirements of the EHR Incentive Program? That question is central to the updated EHR Incentive Program (more commonly known as Meaningful Use, or “MU”). The answer boils down to a fundamental choice: whether providers view the external reporting Objective as just one more compliance effort, or an opportunity to improve. Apart from governmental reporting, Modified Stage 2 of MU requires eligible providers to submit data reporting to one of three types of “public health” registries: immunization, syndromic surveillance and Specialized Registries. This is reporting for the public good, and…
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November 17, 2015

2016 Medicare Final Physician Payment Rule: What You Must Know

CMS’s push toward value-based care and performance improvement leaves no more room for doubt. In a hefty 1,358 pages, the 2016 Medicare Final Rule  expands the role of Qualified Clinical Data Registries for PQRS reporting, dovetailing with the Specialized/Clinical Data Registry component in the Meaningful Use Rules. Both methods place the focus squarely on how outcomes change over time, across all patients. Tracking outcomes and measuring improvement are no longer optional. Here’s what you need to know: QCDRs Get GPRO Submission Status As expected, the differentiation between the Final Rule and the Proposed Rule is minor; the most important change for…
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November 10, 2015

Questions You Should Ask (or Should Have) About Medicare’s Alternative Payment Models

Are you prepared for your risk or reward under Medicare payment reforms? It’s hard to give up current revenues that reward volume, sooner than absolutely necessary. That’s the dilemma facing all providers who realize that Medicare is serious about moving 50 percent of its provider reimbursement to Alternative Payment Models (APMs) by the end of 2018. While some providers have rushed into the new system while Medicare still allows for failure to meet targets, others are waiting (including many higher cost academic medical centers). Here’s what to ask before plunging in—and if you’re already in, how to right the ship.…
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November 3, 2015

Making the Most of Meaningful Use: How the “Specialized Registry” Can Secure Your Future in MIPS

Good health care requires insight. That’s the message under Medicare’s new Medicare Meaningful Use rules for 2015 through 2017, giving providers the option to use a Specialized Registry to meet the Public Health Reporting Objective. The new rule also lays out how a Clinical Data Registry (CDR) will fit into this and other MU objectives in the future. Both the Specialized Registry and the CDR reflect a significant opportunity. Why? Because as these Registries collect, analyze and show data from providers who will need to report in order to be in compliance with Medicare, there will be a lot of…
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