The CMS is preparing to cull the number of quality metrics that physicians have to report as it rolls three quality-incentive programs into what Congress conceived as a more harmonized framework.
Medicare's new system for paying physicians will kill off the so-called “meaningful use” regime the government has used for the past five years to judge whether providers deserved to be rewarded for using electronic health records.
Medicare's new system for paying physicians will kill off the so-called “meaningful use” regime for measuring EHR use. The CMS promises a more flexible approach that focuses on making relevant information accessible to clinicians and patients.
With less than a year to go in the Obama administration's public-private push for better care management among primary-care providers, the CMS has rolled out a souped-up care-delivery model.
Indiana University Health is in the midst of a multiyear effort to streamline the quality measures that front-line providers are expected to track. The information is intended to help monitor and improve the quality of healthcare, but collecting it also saps resources.
Researchers teamed up with the Medical Group Management Association to put a price on the time providers spend to enter the data into the electronic health record, keep track of newly introduced measures and create protocols to track and report them.
Hospital and physician groups, facing a looming deadline on major changes to reimbursement, say the CMS needs better measures and reporting methods before it ties physician pay to quality and outcomes.
In 2010, Humana shelled out nearly $800 million for occupational and urgent-care provider Concentra, starting a small wave of insurers buying providers. But it turns out insurers are more interested in striking new types of contracts with providers than owning them.
Medical group practices are simultaneously servicing the needs of five generations, and this poses a serious issue for physicians who want to provide individualized care. How do we bridge the gap?
As healthcare technology and care-coordination demands continue to weigh on independent physicians, medical group leaders will gather in Nashville this week to envision the medical practice of the future.
A Texas health system is under fire for calling the police on an undocumented immigrant who presented a fake ID along with a valid insurance card. The episode highlights challenges faced by providers who treat patients living in the U.S. without authorization.
Ready or not, the U.S. healthcare industry is poised to flip the switch from the ICD-9 to the ICD-10 diagnostic and procedural coding system on Oct. 1, significantly changing how billions of dollars in medical claims are calculated and billed every day.