2016 PQRS Educational Materials Now Available

CMS is pleased to announce the posting of several 2016 PQRS educational materials. PQRS is a quality reporting program that encourages individual eligible professionals (EPs) and group practices to report information on the quality of care to Medicare.

Meaningful Use Ending? Yes and No

By William Hersh MD – The HIT world was shaken to its core by Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator of CMS, who announced that the CMS Meaningful Use program was over. More precisely, he stated, “The Meaningful Use program as it has existed, will now be effectively over and replaced with something better.”

A Look Ahead at 2016: Top 3 Industry Predictions

By Eric Nilsson – Whether they were highlights or lowlights, healthcare stories dominated the news in 2015. The skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs, expanded medical coverage, the meltdown of blood-testing startup Theranos and the arrest of pharmaceutical industry entrepreneur Martin Shkreli, criticized for raising the price of life-saving drugs, were some of the stories that took center stage.

Don’t Sleep on ICD-10 Testing

By Ken Edwards – The value of ICD-10 testing is deeper than confirming that your software is up-to-date and your vendors are tuned in and ready to support you throughout the transition. Testing is a time-sensitive training and learning opportunity for you, your vendors, and your payers—invaluable for key front-line staff in particular.