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July 18, 2018
Updates to the Quality Payment Program (QPP), significant revisions regarding documentation and payment for Evaluation & Management (E&M) services, a slight increase in the conversion factor from $35.99 to $36.05, and numerous proposals to streamline reporting and other requirements for eligible clinicians (ECs) are among the highlights of the proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for 2019. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requests comments on the proposed rule before September 10, 2018.
Read more: CMS Proposes Payment, Reporting Changes for 2019
July 11, 2018
Among emerging technologies, blockchain technology probably ranks somewhere near artificial intelligence and machine learning in the level of discussion being generated about its potential to revolutionize health information technology and the sector itself. An IBM survey reported that 16 percent of 200 surveyed healthcare executives had plans to implement a blockchain solution in 2017 and that 56 percent expected to by 2020. This eAlert offers a brief look at what has been described as possibly the most significant IT disruptor since the internet, as well as a glimpse of some of its potential uses in healthcare and medicine.
Read more: Blockchain Technology in Healthcare: Disruptor or Fad?
July 5, 2018
The depersonalization, emotional exhaustion and reduced feelings of accomplishment that characterize the phenomenon known as physician burnout—and that remain endemic in healthcare—call for a combination of organizational and individual interventions, a review published in June issue of the Journal of Internal Medicine reports.
Read more: Tackle Physician Burnout with Two-Pronged Interventions
June 27, 2018
In what the House Energy and Commerce Committee has described as “the most significant congressional effort against a single drug crisis in history,” the House of Representatives has passed, by an overwhelming majority, the bipartisan SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6) to curb the growing opioid crisis. The bill will serve as the vehicle for a variety of House-passed bills related to the opioid epidemic as it moves to the Senate in July.
Read more: Far-Reaching Opioid Bill Passes House
June 20, 2018
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has postponed an update, originally slated for July, of the Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings on its Hospital Compare website. The website is designed to serve as an information and decision-making tool for consumers, and is used as a resource by payers and providers as well.
Read more: CMS Delays Release of New Hospital Compare Star Ratings
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