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MiraMed’s eAlerts are distributed via email every Wednesday, and contains the latest industry information regarding business process outsourcing solutions, helpful coding news, or any number of relevant topics in the fast-paced, ever-evolving world of healthcare. To subscribe, simply complete the form below. Below the subscription form, you will find the archived eAlerts available.

April 5, 2017

The Medicare Access & Chip Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) marked the end of Medicare payment’s fee-for-service model and the beginning of a performance-based payment system, the Quality Payment Program (QPP).  Understanding how participation in the QPP will impact payments begins with understanding the scoring system.

Read more: The MACRA MIPS Composite Score: A Guide for Providers

March 29, 2017

As noted in our eAlert issued March 16, 2016, bundled payments have long been a part of the healthcare reform debate as a strategy for reducing healthcare costs, but while there has been significant discussion and research relating to alternative payment methods, most healthcare spending is still based on a fee-for-service framework.  Despite recent efforts to measure and provide financial incentives for quality, this system rewards volume, rather than value, for the most part, creating a system where patients and families struggle to navigate across fragmented care silos, and providers must work to maximize utilization to survive.

Read more: CMS Delays Bundled Payment Programs

March 22, 2017

The House proposal to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the landmark and controversial legislation that is a signature of President Barack Obama’s administration, indicates that the nation’s healthcare system could be heading for yet another upheaval.  March 21, 2017 marked the seventh anniversary of the ACA.  Although there is still a high degree of uncertainty regarding what the final repeal-and-replace legislation will look like, or when it will appear, any changes to the ACA will have important implications for hospitals, health systems, healthcare professionals and patients.

Read more: An Overview of the American Health Care Act

March 15, 2017

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and new payment models such as high deductible health plans are contributing to a growth in patient liability.  This emerging trend has put pressure on providers to collect more from patients while better managing their financial relationship.

Read more: Growing Medical Debt Requires New Collection Approaches

March 8, 2017

The fact that 125,000 fewer patients died due to hospital-acquired conditions in 2010-2015, resulting in a cost savings of more than $28 billion, shows healthcare’s capacity to make strides in improving safety.  But despite encouraging results like these, hospitals and health systems still face a daunting array of hurdles, ranging from the growth of antibiotic resistance to new diseases and outbreaks to sepsis prevention.

Read more: 11 Building Blocks of a Solid Safety Culture

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