The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the Calendar Year (CY) 2020 FINAL Rule for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). The MPFS dictates Medicare rates and policies under Part B, while the Quality Payment Program (QPP) implements two key va...

March 26, 2019

As an educator in healthcare, I am struck by the sheer volume of information that must be collected and submitted by clinicians. Courses we develop are designed to make that job easier, but wow! Seriously, this is complicated stuff. And while I believe that most clinic...

October 3, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) (@CMSGov) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) (@nlm_news) published updates to the electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) value sets to align with the most recent releases to terminologies, including, but no...

Why are provider directories so difficult to get right?

Part One: Group and provider-level data
In its second annual report on the state of provider directories, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) found that 46 percent of all directory entries reviewed...

June 13, 2017

With the Department of Justice announcement of the $155 million dollar eClinicalWorks settlement (including personal liability for the CEO, CMO and COO), many stakeholders are wondering what’s next for EHRs.

Clearly the industry is in a state of transition. eCW wil...

March 7, 2017

MACRA clock is ticking. Time to pay attention. If you are like most providers across the country, MACRA compliance is only recently becoming a slight irritation that lives somewhere at the bottom of your 2017 To Do List.  The yearlong flexibility period that runs throu...

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