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  • The end of the year hasn’t exactly snuck up on us, but the calendar does seem to move more quickly this time of year. And the end of the year always brings out the Top Ten lists for accomplishments or events in 2017, as well as the lists of things we’re watching for in 2018. You can expect to hear some of our 2018 expectations in a coming “Quality Talk” podcast.

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  • There’s still a lot of “newness” with the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), the key part of the engine that is moving healthcare reimbursement towards value-based care. While clinicians and healthcare executives work to get a handle on the new quality reporting requirements, they are also experiencing at least two common headaches: Trying to find the time and resources to comply with ...

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  • The healthcare industry is obviously undergoing dramatic change and the seemingly seismic shift from volume-based reimbursement to value-based care will keep reverberating for some time to come. Specifically, the rules around caring for patients—and being compensated for that care—are very different under the value-based payment models that are now in place.

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  • Like most clinicians and healthcare leaders and executives, you’ve been spending time trying to absorb information about the Quality Payment Program (QPP) and the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Hopefully, you’re more familiar with the program, what it is, and how it affects your Accountable Care Organization (ACO), health system, or practice.

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  • Eligible providers that are participating in either the MIPS or APM pathway of MACRA’s Quality Payment Program (QPP) have many reasons to prioritize population health management. Both pathways have performance measures tied to population health.

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  • How can I optimize my MIPS score?If you’ve asked this question, you’re not alone. The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) is brand-new, so most eligible clinicians are also asking that question. When planning a strategy to optimize your score, it is important to consider the MIPS performance categories and how they are weighted.

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  • A misplaced or overlooked checkmark on a patient’s chart and electronic health record can create a cascade of consequences, not just for that patient but also for the physician or health system’s reimbursements. That possibility was among the topics of a recent, humorously-titled article, “Are Your Reports Showing Pregnant Men and Smoking Babies,” appearing in the online edition of Health IT Out...

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  • Clinicians continue to review and analyze the final rule for the second year of the Quality Payment Program, which was announced two weeks ago. Keep in mind that the first two years of the QPP’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System, or MIPS, are seen as “transition years” – 2017 and 2018. Based on the final rule from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), here are a few of the MIPS changes we ...

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  •  With the launch of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), physicians have faced all sorts of new terms and acronyms, among them the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPSP). The alphabet soup additions have also raised a plethora of questions and elevated uncertainties.

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  •   Let's be clear. The term and task "quality reporting" is certainly important to healthcare teams, clinicians and executives, but it's also loaded with overwhelming burden and connotations that aren't always positive. Maybe the term conjures up thoughts of satisfied patients, safety, person-centered care, care coordination, modern facilities, improved health outcomes, or something else. Altho...

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  • What does it take to be successful to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), one of the Medicare reporting and reimbursement pathways in the Quality Payment Program (QPP)? Learning the answer to that question can help you earn Medicare payment incentives and avoid penalties. Of course, there are many things healthcare teams must do if they want to optimize their MIPS sco...

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  • The marketing team at Primaris Healthcare Business Solutions, a national consulting firm based in Columbia, Mo., has added a podcast to its portfolio of work connecting with healthcare providers, physician groups, hospitals, and health systems.

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  • Theft and unauthorized transfer of medical records is a lucrative criminal enterprise, and reported data breaches have resulted in severe financial loss. A Security Risk Analysis (SRA) is one of the most effective methods to avoid these incidents. In addition, an SRA is an impotant first step in complying with security rules established by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of...

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  • The first reporting period for the Quality Payment Program is right around the corner. By this point, you already know if you’re reporting via CMS Web Interface, the reporting method that replaced the Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO).

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  • Primaris is the proud recipient of three honors in the 2017 MarCom Awards, an international competition administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. The awards represent work across print media, strategic communications, digital media and video.

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  • We’re celebrating #HQW2017! At Primaris, quality is at the core of who we are and what we do. That’s why when we take an active role in Healthcare Quality Week – presented by the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) – it’s important to point out both our history and our ongoing commitment to quality.

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  • During the upcoming quality reporting season, healthcare teams will have an opportunity to use CMS Web Interface as their method of reporting data for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Below are a few frequently asked questions and answers about the new reporting method.

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