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Physicians Worry About Preparedness and Financial Impact of MACRA

Independent physicians – once and still the backbone of the US healthcare economy – are claiming to have trouble with their mulling of MACRA and what its Quality Payment Program will require of their practices. Clear enough, even though many don’t believe MACRA is all that clear.

But fear, which seems to be making up quite a bit of the healthcare landscape the past decade or so – Meaningful Use; EHR technology; 5010; ICD-10; and now MACRA – won’t keep this group of physicians from trying to move forward as best they can by navigating the regulation. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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Healthcare’s Annual Fraud List Details Criminal Activity Worthy of a Feature Film

The Fraud and Abuse Control Program Report for 2016, as collated by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice reads like a salacious novel of all the underworld and unsavory activities taking place in healthcare during the year in question. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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Healthcare Biggest Jobs Driver, but Will it Last?

While the United States economy only added about 156,000 jobs in December and the overall growth rate is less than what many say it needs to be, the good news for those of us in healthcare is that the sector produced the most jobs with more than 43,000 of them coming from the sector, according to US Bureau of Labor Statistics. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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Why Patients Embracing Health IT is a Good Thing

Health practitioners have plenty to deal with now and in the coming year, too many things to list here including changes to Meaningful Use and other federal regulation, technology changes and even how they continue to engage with patients, obviously. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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More Alignment Needed for MACRA and Meaningful Use: CHIME

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has issued an encyclopedia-sized document (eight pages, actually) as public comment to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In the tome, CHIME strongly requests of the feds several actions on potentially major developments, including meaningful use, on MACRA and on the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM). [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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Penalties Abound As Meaningful Use Winds Down

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced that in the coming year, 2017, more than 171,000 providers will be the subject of a 3 percent negative adjustment in Medicare payments for “failing to meet requirements of the Meaningful Use EHR Incentive program in 2015.” [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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AMA to Trump: We’re Here for You

The American Medical Association continues to get political. Following the 2016 presidential election in November and the subsequent news that businessman Donald Trump had won the election, the AMA is already reaching out to, at least through the Internet and social media, the president-elect. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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Project ECHO Telehealth Program Receives Support from Senate to Become a National Model

Telehealth proponents continue to rejoice as the US Senate in late November 2016 approved the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act. The program was developed as a model out of the University of New Mexico, which will now become the national model for such expansion for peoples in remote and underserved regions.

The five-year-old “Project ECHO” (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) begins an expansion effort for telehealth that provide education and collaboration opportunities for healthcare providers in hard-to-reach areas. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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Support, and Dissent, Grow for Potential HHS Head Dr. Tom Price

Depending on your political stance, the Donald Trump presidential cabinet is beginning to take shape and there are appointees who excite as well as shock. For healthcare folks, the recent announcement from the president-elect about Dr. Tom Price, a Georgia Republican congressman, being appointed to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, is joyous for some and terrifying for others. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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President-Elect Trump Positions His Healthcare Plans Despite Concerns

Businessman Donald J. Trump did something no one expected of him: He became President-elect Donald J. Trump.

For most of the world, Trump’s win was a shock. Now he’s going about his time building a cabinet, setting forth his presidential agenda and making plants for what he hopes to accomplish in the next four years. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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