Tag: Meaningful Use

Overview of MACRA, QPP, & MIPS

MACRA is landmark, bi-partisan legislation passed by Congress.  It is designed to dramatically shift the payment of healthcare from the current Volume Based Reimbursement model to a model based on quality and cost effectiveness. MACRA repealed the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate, phased out Meaningful Use, PQRS and the Value Based Modifier programs. It created two…


Meaningful Use – Do the Math

When the HITECH act was first introduced in 2009, it seemed like a really good deal for eligible providers who could buy the latest technology and get incentivized richly to do it.  Dare we say completely offset the cost of adoption? Four years later, the stark realities of adoption are coming forth.  The table below…


Healthcare’s Wake-up Call for 2013-2014

Our industry is on the eve of confluence among four major technology drivers. When considered as a whole, they may represent the Perfect Storm/Y2K/Tsunami of changes leading to negative impacts on productivity and profit margins for healthcare providers.  These drivers are PQRS, Meaningful Use Stage 2 (MU2), ICD-10, and Health Insurance Exchanges (HIX). Any one…


Healthcare’s Wake-up Call for Current Clients in 2013-2014

Our industry is on the eve of confluence among four major technology drivers. When considered as a whole, they may represent the Perfect Storm/Y2K/Tsunami of changes leading to negative impacts on productivity and profit margins for healthcare providers.  These drivers are PQRS, Meaningful Use Stage 2 (MU2), ICD-10, and Health Insurance Exchanges (HIX). Any one…


Create Interoperability Now for Changes Ahead

As the use of various technology systems continues to increase within medical practices, interoperability between those systems becomes critical. An article called, “Interoperability a Key to Effective Communication” on the AAPC website states, “Disparate computer systems must communicate structured data in a way that both systems understand.” Consequences of having disparate systems could mean a…


Finalized ICD-10 Implementation Date and Stage 2 Meaningful Use Requirements

Today, CMS made final a one-year proposed delay (from Oct. 1, 2013, to Oct. 1, 2014) in the revised ICD-10 implementation date.  The CMS final rule report ends months of speculation about the timing of ICD-10. Practices and providers will need to make preparations well in advance of the conversion date to prevent revenue losses.

In addition, an extended timeline for early adopters of Meaningful Use has been adopted. The Stage 2 rule gives providers more time to meet Stage 2 criteria. A provider that attested to Stage 1 of meaningful use in 2011 would attest to Stage 2 in 2014, instead of in 2013. Therefore, providers are not required to meet Stage 2 meaningful use before 2014. For more information, please click here.  


Meaningful Use and Development Time

Meaningful use from the various stages and what’s involved in them are moving targets; we don’t pretend to know definitive deadlines. But it does make you kind of wonder.


Healthcare IT Development Progress is Being Artificially Disrupted

There seems to be somewhat of a disconnect between the functionality that EMR vendors are currently developing and what customers want. Much of the development investment made by EMR vendors for the next 3-5 years will be driven heavily by functionality that helps physician practices qualify for meaningful use. While that is certainly important, we…


Effects of Stage 2 Meaningful Use Delays

The further Stage 2 gets pushed out, the longer the Federal Government is going to hold EMR vendor development cycles hostage. What we do in the interim is focus our time and energy independently on what our clients are telling us is most important