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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 26, 2017
A physician's responsibility is to provide the best possible care for sick patients. A key for delivering quality healthcare is open communication between the physician and patient to discuss issues and develop a care plan. Today, providing quality care is becoming more difficult due to increasing patient loads and administrative challenges. This dilemma has become a catalyst for the growth of medical scribes (often referred to as scribes).
Read more: The Administrative Burden of EHRs Opens Doors to Medical Scribes
April 19, 2017
On April 14, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would update 2018 Medicare inpatient payment and polices. The proposed rule aims to relieve regulatory burdens for providers; supports the patient-doctor relationship in healthcare; and promotes transparency, flexibility and innovation in the delivery of care. The proposed rule would apply to about 3,330 acute care hospitals and 420 long-term care hospitals, and would affect discharges occurring on or after October 1, 2017. The rule will be published in the Federal Register April 28, and comments will be accepted through June 13.
Read more: CMS Aims to Simplify with Proposed Inpatient Payment Rule
April 12, 2017
Patient satisfaction and the patient experience have always been important to providers. In today’s era of value-based care reimbursement models, it has become one of the top three priorities facing healthcare executives, according to a 2013 study conducted by HealthLeaders Media.
Read more: Patient Satisfaction is The Next Competitive Battleground
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
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