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CMS Proposes Historic Changes to Modernize Medicare and Restore the Doctor-Patient Relationship
Jul 12, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed rule changes to the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and the Quality Payment Program (QPP) in an effort to increase the amount of time that doctors and other clinicians can spend with their patients by reducing the burden of paperwork and use electronic health records (EHRs) to document clinically meaningful information in addition to information related to billing. These proposals would also modernize Medicare payment policies to promote access to virtual care and make changes to quality reporting requirements to focus on measures that most significantly impact health outcomes, among other things.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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CMS Aiding Small, Rural Practices Can Improve MIPS Participation
Jul 6, 2018 - Details a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) which found that small and rural practices are more likely to struggle with Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) participation, because of challenges related to legacy program requirements, a lack of financial and staff resources, and technology issues.
Source: EHR Intelligence
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CMS Launches Data Element Library Supporting Interoperability
Jun 21, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new database that supports the exchange of electronic health information. Using the Data Element Library, the public can view the specific types of data that CMS requires post-acute facilities to collect as part of the health assessment of their patients. It also includes health information technology standards that support the collection of health information, with the ultimate goal of making it easier to share electronic health information between providers.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Rural Hospitals Meet Informatics Challenges
Jun 12, 2018 - Discusses healthcare informatics initiatives at small and rural hospitals and how hospitals can learn from each other's experiences.
Source: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
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