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In part 7 of the Understanding #MACRA series, we provided you with a high overview of the APMs payment track. This week we’re going to look at the different advanced alternative payment models (APMs) and explain them in more detail.

The following is a list of Advanced APMs for 2017 and an explanation of that APM so that you can consider which, if any, might be worth working towards joining. One thing to note is that CMS is actively trying to grow this list each year to continue making it more easy for small and rural practices to participate in APMs and achieve incentives...



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In part 6, we walked you through the process of compiling your Composite Performance Score under the MIPS Payment Track of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). Now that we’ve taken you through MIPS step-by-step, it is time to begin going through the APMs payment track of the QPP.

Let’s start with what APMs stands for. The acronym APMs stands for Alternative Payment Models. Under #MACRA and the QPP, CMS defines APMs as new approaches to paying for medical care through Medicare that incentivizes quality and value. The CMS Innovation Center is where new payment and service delivery models are developed. Additionally, Congress has defined – both through the Affordable Care Act and other legislation – a number of demonstrations that CMS conducts under the Health Care Quality Demonstration Program...


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Our #MACRA blog series to this point has walked you through the four categories of the MIPS payment track of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). You’ve learned how many points you need to earn in each category and how you are scored.

Part 6 shows how are those categories brought together for your total Composite Performance Score (CPS)? This question has a couple of different answers thanks to the first year being a “pick your own pace” year. First, we’ll take a look at how scores will be compiled in 2017, and then we’ll look at how future years will be calculated so you have an idea of what the future looks like under the QPP. 

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In part 5 of our #MACRA blog series, we walk you through the 4th or final category of the MIPS payment track, the Improvement Activities category. Initially, this category was named “Clinical Practice Improvement Activities.” However, in the Final Rule the name was simplified to “Improvement Activities.”

Fortunately, that’s not the only change that the Final Rule made to the Improvement Activities category. Read the blog for more!

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Part 4 of our #MACRA blog series will walk you through the 3rd of the four categories, Advancing Care Information. This category replaces the Meaningful Use of a Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT).

You’re going to want to remember “CEHRT” because you cannot do well in this category without it. In fact, if you’re at all concerned that your current vendor will not remain certified under the new regulations, you should begin your search for a new vendor. It’s imperative that you’re with a vendor who is currently certified and has shown efforts to remain certified as new government regulations come down the pipeline.

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Part 3 of our #MACRA blog series will walk you through the 2nd of the four categories which is the Cost or Resource Use Category. 

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In Part 2 of our #MACRA blog series, we’ll begin breaking down the MIPs payment track so that you understand each category and the way it is scored.

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Breaking down #MACRA and the Quality Payment Program in an easy to read format for every eligible clinician. Part 1

http://isalushealthcare.com/blog-all/postid/354/understanding-macra-and-the-quality-payment-program-part-i

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5 Reasons Your Practice Should be Adding Telehealth in 2017

Telehealth, commonly called telemedicine, is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing markets in the healthcare industry. In fact, it’s expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of more than 18% by 2020. In addition, Medicare has changed their mind and now considers telehealth a patient-facing encounter which means it can contribute to your overall reporting requirements under the MIPS payment track of the Quality Payment Program. And if those two reasons aren’t quite enough to make you get on board, CMS will now begin paying incentives to providers who have implemented telehealth services for their practice (more to come on that). All that aside, read five reasons you should be adding telehealth to your practice in the coming year. #telehealth #telemedicine

http://isalushealthcare.com/blog-all/postid/352/5-reasons-why-your-practice-should-be-adding-telehealth-in-2017
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