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Onsite HIPAA audits coming in 2017: ONC official

Posted 09:48 pm by & filed under Articles, HIPAA, Latest Healthcare News

Chances are it won’t happen—but you’d better be prepared if it does: The feds will be conducting a “small number” of onsite HIPAA audits in 2017, according to an HHS Office for Civil Rights official. OCR senior adviser Linda Sanches, at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Privacy & Security Forum in Boston this… Read more »

MGMA Survey of Operations in Medical Practices Shows an Increased Focus on Patient Experience

Posted 04:44 pm by & filed under Articles, Latest Healthcare News, Software

Survey analyzes how practices adjust their operations as patients have more choices for care, including improving wait times, office hours, appointment scheduling, financial management, and patient portals New Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) (@MGMA) data find that medical practices focus on patient experience and access as patients face more options in how their care is… Read more »

Here We Go Again…

Posted 03:29 pm by & filed under Latest Healthcare News, Meaningful Use, Medicare, PQRS

Meg Bryant over at Healthcare Dive reports that CMS released an API tool to ease MACRA reporting. Dive Brief: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services launched an online tool enabling clinicians to automatically share electronic data for the Quality Payment Program. The tool is the first in a series of efforts aimed at easing the… Read more »

Here are the MACRA final rule changes you need to know

Posted 12:18 pm by & filed under Articles, Latest Healthcare News, Meaningful Use, Medicare, PQRS

Last week, HHS released a barrage of regulations and guidance under it’s various arms. One final rule focused on health IT but the big news centered on CMS’ release of the highly anticipated Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2105 (MACRA) implementation final rule (link removed). The announcement differed somewhat from CMS’ previous releases. For… Read more »

Reports show 2017 Medicare payment adjustments

Posted 07:27 pm by & filed under Latest Healthcare News, Medicare, PQRS

Two new reports are now available with information on 2015 cost and quality data that indicate which physicians or practices will see related Medicare payment adjustments in 2017. The 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Feedback Reports and 2015 Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRUR) were released on Sept. 26. The Centers for Medicare… Read more »