Nearly half a physician’s day is now filled by data entry into EHRs and administrative desk work

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AMA Study: Technological, Administrative Demands Cutting Into Physicians’ Face Time With Patients EHRs and clerical tasks make the care environment more complex and contribute to physician burnout Technological and administrative obstacles are significantly cutting into available time for physicians to engage with patients. Nearly half a physician’s office day is now filled by data entry into electronic medical records (EHRs) Continue reading

CMS: Providers Choose Pace for Quality Payment Program in 2017

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In advance of the Final Rule regarding the new Quality Payment Program being published, Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator of CMS, recently wrote: “…we intend for the Quality Payment Program to allow physicians to pick their pace of participation for the first performance period that begins January 1, 2017. During 2017, eligible physicians and other clinicians will have multiple options for participation. Continue reading

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CMS examines inappropriate steering of people eligible for Medicare or Medicaid into Marketplace plans

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Concerns raised about impact of 3rd party premium provider & affiliated organization payments The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a request for information seeking public comment on concerns that some health care providers and provider-affiliated organizations may be steering people eligible for, or receiving, Medicare and/or Medicaid benefits into Affordable Care Act-compliant individual market plans, including Continue reading

Physicians and health care providers continue to improve quality of care, lower costs

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Affordable Care Act Accountable Care Organization initiatives put patients at the center of their care while generating more than $1.29 billion in total Medicare savings since 2012 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the 2015 performance year results for the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization Model that show physicians, hospitals, and Continue reading