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MACRA focus should be patient outcomes, not 'unnecessary burdens,' John Halamka says

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka believes that less could be more when it comes to physicians transitioning to the new programs outlined under the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act.

Hospitals want Part B proposals narrowed in scope

The American Hospital Association has praised the proposed Part B drug cost savings demonstration project, but believes a federal agency should narrow its scope.

Payers, providers outline approaches to data use

The power of data is found when payer and provider information comes together--with a key part that is often overlooked being the patient, David Feinberg, CEO of Geisinger Health System, said during a panel discussion Tuesday at Health Datapalooza in the District of Columbia.

Andy Slavitt: Health IT must be 'a national priority'

When Andy Slavitt came to the District of Columbia two years ago, it was because technology was putting health reform in the U.S. at risk. Now, he says, technology is not doing all it can when it comes to patient care, and the industry must "refocus on our customers and rise above proprietary interests to make this a national priority."

John Halamka on MACRA: Overly complex rule could drive docs out of practices

The recently proposed rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act and the new Merit Based Incentive Payment System is overly complex and could wind up driving many clinicians out of the industry, according to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka.

Partners boo-boo could cost Massachusetts $160M in Medicare payments

Calculation errors regarding the wages paid by a tiny 19-bed hospital in Massachusetts could wind up having an outsized impact on the Medicare payments given to the other acute care providers statewide,  The   Boston Globe  reported.

GOP 'reboot' senators release draft bill to 'improve' Meaningful Use

The six GOP senators who called for a "reboot" of the Meaningful Use program in 2013 have drafted legislation to "improve" the program and are asking the Health and Human Services Department for technical assistance on the effort.

Healthcare stakeholders mixed on MACRA rule's MU implications

Stakeholders throughout the healthcare industry shared mixed feelings on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services attempt to overhaul the Meaningful Use program for doctors via proposed rules implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 unveiled Wednesday.

CMS' Andy Slavitt: New payment systems should provide relief to docs

Speaking at the World Medical Innovation Forum in Boston this week, Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, acknowledged that regulators have over-burdened physicians but was hopeful new value-based payment systems being developed will better align payments with clinical practice, according to  Becker's Hospital Review.

CMS takes hands off approach to HIE, MU in new Medicaid managed care rule

The new final Medicaid and CHIP managed care rule does not change Meaningful Use, data exchange and health IT requirements, despite commenters' requests to do so.