Blog posts related to Regulatory Updates

  • 12 things you should know about the final MACRA rule 2

    Jim Brulé
    November 13, 2017

    On November 2, the CMS released the final rule for the Quality Payment Program (QPP), established by MACRA. This final rule with comment period holds a few surprises, but mostly delivers what was proposed last spring. Here are a few of the highlights. Read more…

  • Top 6 tips from the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity report

    Jeremy Maxwell
    August 01, 2017

    The Health Care Industry Cybersecurity (HCIC) Task Force recently released recommendations for the industry. What does it mean for healthcare providers? Here are the top six things you can do to improve cybersecurity today and in the future. Read more…

  • Some certainty about health reform in the midst of uncertainty 1

    Leigh Burchell
    May 05, 2017

    Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a revised version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). It will likely face big changes in the Senate, but the focus on value-based payments remains strong. Read more…

  • How will the 21st Century Cures Act affect health IT?

    Leigh Burchell
    December 13, 2016

    After many months of debate and years of more broadly discussing some of the related concepts, the 21stCentury Cures Act (H.R. 34) passed the House and Senate last week, and was signed by the President today. It is a massive piece of legislation, 996 pages in length, and it will have a tremendous impact on medical innovation across the health sector. Read more…

  • MACRA 101: What you need to know about Advanced APMs

    Jim Brulé
    December 12, 2016

    The third and final installment in our MACRA 101 blog series, this post dives into the details about Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs.) Participants that choose the optional APM track are agreeing to higher risk but also have the potential for higher potential reward than their counterparts in the default MIPS track. Read more…

  • MACRA 101: What you need to know about MIPS

    Jim Brulé
    December 06, 2016

    The second installment in our MACRA 101 blog series, this post dives into the details of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) estimates that of the 712,000 Medicare Eligible Clinicians (ECs) that will participate in the QPP, about 87% will default to the MIPS track in the initial years. It has lower risk but also lower incentives, as it was crafted by Congress to ultimately be the less attractive option. Read more…

  • MACRA 101: We have the final rule for the what?

    Jim Brule
    November 29, 2016

    The first installment in a blog series about MACRA, which stands for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, legislation that reformed the Medicare payment system to help lower the cost of health care, while delivering better quality and improving health outcomes Read more…

  • 5 ways the Trump administration may affect health IT

    Leigh Burchell
    November 21, 2016

    Following every election cycle, the United States experiences a change in policy and direction. During his campaign, Donald Trump said little about his plans for health IT, precision medicine or delivery system reform, so it will take some time for us to have a real sense of his administration’s thoughts on these subjects Read more…

  • A beginner’s guide to MACRA

    Jim Brulé
    June 30, 2016

    Editor’s Note 10/31/2016 – Earlier this month, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued MACRA’s QPP Program’s final rule, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2017. Allscripts is committed to helping healthcare organizations stay ahead of these upcoming requirements. Join a webinar overview on MACRA QPP, updates from the final rule and what organizations should be doing now to prepare. Hospitals and health systems can click here to register, physician practices can click here to register. Read more here: MACRA 101: We have the final rule for the QPP…now what? Read more…

  • What the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) rule means for hospitals

    Matthew Fusan
    December 01, 2015

    On November 16, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) published the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR)* final rule, marking a significant milestone in the advancement toward value-based care. “Today, we are embarking on one of the most important steps we will take to improve the quality and value of care for hundreds of thousands of Americans who have hip and knee replacements through Medicare every year,” said Sylvia Burwell, secretary of Health and Human Services. Read more…

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