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August 4, 2015

ACOs and the Referral Revolution Part 2: How to Align Objectives and Referral Practices

There’s no getting around it. Disruption in referrals under new Value-Based Health Care programs will upset both primary care and specialty practices under any change scenario. Physicians with historical relationships will undoubtedly resent an edict to redirect referrals, if they don’t understand or believe comparative data on cost and quality. On the other side of the equation, physicians who accept that aligning referrals with outcome data is part of being in an ACO will object if they see that referrals are driven, instead, by physician employment status. Every participant in an ACO must eventually accept that achieving shared savings will…
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July 14, 2015

Will Medicare’s Published Physician Quality Data Push Your Patients Away?

CMS isn’t the only group scrutinizing your quality and cost data any more. As the next step toward value-based health care, Medicare has begun publishing provider performance data for PQRS under “Physician Compare.” Now patients and their families can make their own data-driven choices about health care providers with an online search. The website is a game-changer. Performance variation between providers is startling. There are 50 provider groups with performance at or lower than 65 percent for at least one published measure. By contrast, a handful of groups show all four measures over 95 percent. The 2013 data are limited and do…
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June 9, 2015

Does Your EMR Tell Medicare the Right Story About Your Patient Quality?

Reporting physician quality to Medicare through an EMR is an easy and affordable approach—at least on the surface. But be careful when using EHR Direct Reporting for PQRS 2015, so you don’t cost your organization as much as 4 percent in Medicare penalties or create an unappealing profile of your quality in Medicare’s public reporting. Navigating successfully through the maze of Medicare’s new Value-Based Purchasing requires a thorough understanding of how all the different reporting and performance programs interact. Unless you have a good grasp of how your EMR reports your quality data, you risk setting yourself up for costly…
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May 19, 2015

Population Health: Fact or Fiction?

For the past couple of years, “population health” has become a popular catchphrase.  Everyone is talking about it, adopting it or selling it. But if you ask anyone what it means, you’ll get very different answers. That’s because there seems to be only one point of consensus—we need to focus health care efforts on specific populations. Should you care? I think so, and here’s why: Providers and ACOs are beginning to spend a lot of money on population health, yet no one is measuring the effects of those efforts and whether they actually achieve positive outcomes. Fuzzy Definitions Can Lead…
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May 12, 2015

Prove You’re a Top Tier Health Care Provider: Six Essentials for Your Value-Based Purchasing Game Plan

You know you need to shift your organization toward Value-Based Health Care. It’s a trend that’s here to stay, and you’re deep into planning your strategy. Question is, what’s the right game plan that will enable you to reap financial benefits by proving you’re a top-tier provider that offers quality, cost-effective health care? All too often, providers focus on adopting a reimbursement and delivery model that assumes risk without addressing fundamentals. Remember, this is not just about reorganizing to manage risk without engineering for improvement. While you must take steps to participate in the new Value-Based Health Care models, you…
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April 7, 2015

Academic Medical Centers at Risk: How to Survive Medicare and Medicaid Value-Based Health Care

Academic Medical Centers (AMCs) provide care to the most complicated patients and have surmounted some of the worst clinical challenges of all time. Yet the biggest issue to threaten survival of AMCs might well be Medicare and Medicaid Value-Based Purchasing. While AMCs incorporate the training of new physicians in both community and highly specialized care, the clinical complexity of their patient population is higher than other institutions. At the same time, AMCs are the most likely medical centers to offer trauma and burn care, new medical technology and clinical research. But with typically high volumes of Medicare and Medicaid patients,…
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March 24, 2015

PQRS 2014 Last Minute Checklist: What You Can and Can’t Do Now

  With just a few days to go before the final reporting deadline, it’s time to cross the t’s and dot the i’s on PQRS 2014. There may be a few practices still trying to put together a reporting program, but almost everyone using a Registry and who has done the work is ready to report. Here are the top five things you can and should do before your Registry is ready to hit “Submit”: Check again that your Tax Identification Number (TIN) is correct. Yes, you may have already verified it electronically, but numbers sometimes get transposed. Please do it…
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March 10, 2015

Tales from the PQRS Trenches: How to Avoid Harm to Your Practice and Patients

With less than three weeks until the final deadline of PQRS Registry Reporting for 2014 services, many providers are still scrambling to figure out their reporting strategy. They will have few—if any—options for success. It’s 2015, the requirements for PQRS reporting are entering their seventh year, and non-reporting penalties have been applied for two years. If your organization wants to avoid a 4 percent penalty on Medicare revenues, this year you must make an early start a top priority. But in the real world, both large and small groups often get sidetracked because there are so many changes in health…
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March 3, 2015

PQRS 2015 Reporting: How to Go Beyond Basics to Improve Outcomes

Chances are you don’t have time to read through all 1,200 pages of Medicare’s Final Reporting Rule. But if you don’t understand how CMS is moving the Medicare program, and the health care system at large, toward rewarding providers for quality rather than quantity of care, your organization is in for a rude awakening. In 2015, PQRS is now mandatory; you must meet full reporting requirements to avoid a penalty. No more safety nets. Successful reporting means you need to understand the interplay between PQRS and the Value-Based Payment Modifier (VBPM), which rewards only those practices that outperform their competition…
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February 10, 2015

Navigating the ACO Labyrinth to Success: How to Find Your Way to Quality and Shared Savings

Last year, less than one quarter of Medicare MSSP ACOs achieved success in generating shared savings. Not a good report card, given that Accountable Care Organizations form for the explicit purpose of delivering high quality, coordinated care, with shared savings as in incentive to avoid duplication of services. But ACOs are complex endeavors, both administratively and clinically. Better coordination of patient care does not guarantee success. Your efforts must be complemented by a solid understanding of Medicare’s basic rules for quality reporting and methods of attributing patients to the ACO, so that you can keep your patients within the network.…
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