CMS webinar Monday on proposed updates to MACRA QPP for 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host a June 26 webinar on the proposed rule updating requirements of the quality payment program for physicians and eligible clinicians mandated by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The rule proposes key policies for the QPP’s 2018... read more

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Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses, regulation

CMS proposes updates to MACRA QPP for 2018 performance year

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a proposed rule updating the requirements of the quality payment program for physicians and eligible clinicians mandated by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The QPP includes two tracks – the default Merit-based Incentive... read more

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Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses, regulation

Groups call on Senate to protect patients in health care debate

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Eight organizations, including the AHA, will host Thursday in Cleveland the first in a series of events across the country urging the Senate to protect patient access to affordable and adequate care as the health debate continues in Washington, D.C. "As the backbone of America's health safety-net,... read more

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Tags: physicians, Coverage, Medicaid, access, nurses

OIG: Some Medicare EHR incentive payments to EPs were inappropriate

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services inappropriately paid $729.4 million in Medicare electronic health record incentive payments to eligible professionals who did not meet meaningful use requirements, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General estimated in a report... read more

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Tags: physicians, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, Medicaid, nurses

CDC reports 5% birth defect rate in women with Zika in U.S. territories

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About one in 20 women in the U.S. territories who were infected with the Zika virus during pregnancy had a baby or fetus with associated birth defects, consistent with earlier findings from primarily travel-associated infections in the states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported... read more

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Tags: physicians, maternal health, infant health, nurses, Zika

CMS predicts qualifying status for Advanced APM participants

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Nearly 100% of clinicians who participated in Advanced Alternative Payment Models in 2016 would qualify for a 2019 incentive payment if they participate in 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said Friday in an email update. Eligible clinicians who participate in at least one Advanced APM in... read more

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Tags: quality, physicians, Medicare, nurses

HHS announces $70 million in funding to address opioid crisis

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The Department of Health and Human Services today announced more than $70 million in new funding opportunities to prevent and treat opioid use disorders and deaths. The grants include up to $28 million to help states increase access to medication-assisted treatment; $41.7 million to help local governments... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, population health, Community health, nurses, Behavioral health, emergency care, opioids, prevention

Hospitals Against Violence webinar June 13 on innovative training, partnerships

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The AHA’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative will host a June 13 webinar on trends in health care violence and innovative tactics to manage patients with aggressive behavior. Representatives from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston will share their experiences. For more information and to join the... read more

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Tags: physicians, Community health, nurses, prevention

CMS issues guide to MACRA technical assistance resources

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a guide summarizing technical assistance resources available to clinicians participating in the new payment system for clinicians under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. For more on MACRA, visit qpp.cms.gov and www.aha.org/MACRA.

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Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses

NIH issues national action plan for COPD

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The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute yesterday released a national plan for addressing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, the third leading cause of death in the United States. Developed at the request of Congress and with input from the COPD community, the plan focuses on empowering... read more

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Tags: quality, physicians, nurses, prevention

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