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Submit a Formal MACRA Comment before June 27

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invites the public to comment on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) proposed the rule. Comments are due by 5:00 p.m. ET (for mail or courier submissions) and 11:59 p.m. ET(for electronic submissions) on Monday,

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MACRA – What can you do NOW to prepare for 2017?

By: LaDonna Kessler, Medic Management Group LLC. On April 15, 2015, The Medicare Access and CHIP Re-Authorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 was signed into law, permanently repealing the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and imposing a new payment methodology for Medicare Part B payments starting in 2019 (reflected from

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What’s next for EHR Incentive Programs and Medicare Reimbursement?

The landscape of health care has been changing for several years.  It’s been a virtual alphabet soup of incentive program acronyms (MU, PQRS and VM to name a few).    As a practice manager and an independent incentive program consultant, keeping up with the constant change of incentive

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HHS’s First Step to MACRA Legislation

Administration takes first step to implementing legislation modernizing how Medicare pays physicians for quality On April 27th, 2016, The Department of Health and Human Services  issued a proposal to align and modernize how Medicare payments are tied to the cost and quality of patient care for hundreds

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Social Determinants of Health

It’s a well-known fact that genetic and healthy eating plays a very important role in our general health. But according to recent research, clinical information from a care encounter contributes only about 10% of what drives population health. Social determinants of health, including health behaviors and physical

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HIPAA Compliance and Secure Messaging

With growing HIPAA compliance enforcement, information security is a top concern to all healthcare organisations. The growing use of mobile devices in healthcare industry proportionately increases the risks and challenges of securing electronic protected health information (ePHI). The  number of HIPAA violations are on the rise  and many

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Meaningful Use Prepayment Audit Notification

Prepayment and post payment audit is underway for the providers who have attested for Meaningful use incentives for the reporting year 2015 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with Figliozzi & Company,CPAs  technology as required in Section 13411 of the Health Information Technology

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Moving to a New EMR? What You Must Know About EMR Data Conversion

On average, hospitals and clinics change to a new software vendor and does data conversion every five to seven years.  If you are planning on changing your EMR or already moved to a new EMR in the last year or two, you must give some thought to

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HIPAA modifications to strengthen the firearm background check system

On January 4, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) moved forward on the Administration’s commitment to modify the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule to expressly permit certain covered entities to disclose to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)

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Another HIPAA penalty for not conducting organization-wide security risk analysis

The University of Washington Medicine (UWM) has agreed to settle charges that it potentially violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule by failing to implement policies and procedures to prevent, detect, contain, and correct security violations. Affiliated covered entities must have

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