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CMS Finalizes the New Medicare Quality Payment Program

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finalized its policy implementing the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) incentive payment provisions in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), collectively referred to as the Quality Payment Program. The new Quality Payment Program will gradually transform Medicare payments for more than 600,000 clinicians across the country, and is a major step in improving care across the entire health care system.

The final rule with comment period offers a fresh start for Medicare by centering payments around the care that is best for the patients, providing more options to clinicians for innovative care and payment approaches, and reducing administrative burden to give clinicians more time to spend with their patients, instead of on paperwork.

Accompanying today’s announcement is a new Quality Payment Program websitehttp://qpp.cms.gov, which will explain the new program and help clinicians easily identify the measures most meaningful to their practice or specialty.

To see the press release and obtain more information about today’s announcement, including a fact sheet, please visit: http://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/10/14/hhs-finalizes-streamlined-medicare-payment-system-rewards-clinicians-quality-patient-care.html

To learn more about the rule, visit: https://qualitypaymentprogram.cms.gov/education

October 14, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Early Bird Registration for Digital Health Conference Ends Friday

We’ve worked with the Digital Health Conference since nearly the beginning.  It’s a really amazing conference that brings together the New York healthcare IT community and many thought leaders from around the globe.  Check out the full agenda for the conference to find more details on the great content they’ll provide.

I’m particularly interested to see what Robert Watcher, MD has to say at the conference this year.  He’s just coming off some work with NHS in England and I think he’ll have some interesting perspectives to offer us from that international perspective.

I’m mostly posting about this because the early bird registation for the digital health conference ends on Friday, October 14th.  Yes, that’s this Friday.  Don’t miss out on the discounted early bird rate.  Plus, as a Healthcare Scene reader, you can get an extra 15% discount off your registration by using the promo code HCS.

If you’re planning to be at the event, we usually put together a Tweetup one evening as well.  This is another highlight of the event since it brings together so many smart, social people that care about what’s happening in healthcare IT.  I look forward to seeing many of you there.

October 11, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.