Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Healthcare IT News December 2015 - Powered by PageTurnPro.com

 The Top HIT News for 2015

2015 brought forth a combination of developments in telehealth, telemedicine, predictive modelling, precision medicine and more.

Much of this depends upon the explosion of algorithms developed by mathematicians and computer scientists. It may be a powerful tool, when and if properly vetted by clinicians.  The proof will come, not quickly in one or two years, rather perhaps a decade long process which will filter what works and what does not.

Like everything we physicians have been taught we must maintain the patient as the focus of our work, not the tools and technologies that are developing.  Often in this era of rapid technologic advances patients can be forgotten in the era of rapid advances, venture capital and the promise of profitability for health technology. In some cases this has occured in the area of electronic health records, and meaningful use, now replaced by MACRA,.

The MACRA makes three important changes to how Medicare pays those who give care to Medicare beneficiaries. These changes create a Quality Payment Program (QPP):

  • Ending the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula for determining Medicare payments for health care providers’ services.
  • Making a new framework for rewarding health care providers for giving better care not more just more care.
  • Combining our existing quality reporting programs into one new system.
These proposed changes, which we’ve named the Quality Payment Program, replace a patchwork system of Medicare reporting programs with a flexible system that allows you to choose from two paths that link quality to payments: the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models.

CMS now has posted the timeline for implementing MACRA

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