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May 25, 2018

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Spotlight: Caring is Purpose in Life for 2018 Medical Director of the Year 

“I’ve found my niche and purpose in life. This is my dream job,” said Dr. Hasemeier, chief executive officer and founder of Dr. Hasemeier and Associates. The work he loves makes a powerful difference, and that is...

Health Policy
May 25, 2018

On Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. ET, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a webinar that will provide an overview of Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) measure development, processes and expectations. This webinar is intended to assist with the development of QCDR measures for future MIPS performance periods. Please know that CMS is not accepting additional QCDR measure submissions for the 2018 performance period. 

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Title: 2018 QCDR Measures Workgroup

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Health Policy
May 25, 2018

Recently, CMS announced that they changed the name of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Advancing Care Information performance category to the Promoting Interoperability performance category:

  • This is not a new performance category.
  • 2018 requirements are the same as what was finalized for the Advancing Care Information performance category. Review the 
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Health Policy
May 25, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released their 2018 Annual Report: Quality Measure Development Plan (MDP). The 2018 MDP Annual Report describes CMS activities during the previous year to advance the development of clinician quality measures in accordance with MACRA. In 2017, as required by MACRA, CMS transitioned from three discrete clinician quality programs to the Quality Payment Program, consisting of MIPS and incentive payments for...

Health Policy
May 25, 2018

This week, Senators Susan Collins (R—Maine) and co-sponsor Senator Bob Casey (D—Pennsylvania) introduced the bipartisan Geriatrics Workforce Improve Act (S.2888) in the U.S. Senate. This bill echoes similar bipartisan legislation proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives that would ensure communities across the U.S. have access to health professionals and other critical supports improving care for us all as we age. With bipartisan support, swift passage of the bill would take a significant step toward training and supporting a healthcare workforce empowered to improve the quality of...

Spotlight
May 23, 2018

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Eric Hasemeier, DO, CMD, the Society’s 2018 Medical Director of the Year, had a clear goal early in his career. “I wanted to go where I was needed,” he says. And the leadership and staff at the 8 Tennessee-based facilities where he serves as medical director clearly need...

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May 18, 2018

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Spotlight: Meet Shark Tank Judges' Winner

Adam Sobol, founder and CEO of CareBand, was always the “weird tech guy” in a family of physicians, but he saw the possibilities for partnerships between technology and medicine. When his father, who is a geriatrician,...

Health Policy
May 18, 2018

You can now log in to the CMS Quality Payment Program website to check your group’s 2018 eligibility for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS):

  • Log in to the feature using your Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) credentials
  • Browse to the taxpayer identification number affiliated with your group
  • Click into a details screen to see the eligibility status of every clinician based on their national provider identifier
  • Find out whether they need to participate during the 2018 performance
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Health Policy
May 18, 2018

This week, the House Ways & Means Committee approved seven bipartisan pieces of legislation focused on reducing opioid abuse in Medicare. The package would expand coverage for medication-assisted treatment, promote non-opioid therapies for pain management and require Part D plans to have drug management programs for beneficiaries at risk of opioid addiction.

The bills now move to the House floor, joining 25 opioid-related bills approved by the House Energy & Commerce (E&C) Committee last week. The E&C committee is scheduled to reconvene for another markup of an...