Tag Archives: Health Care Reform

MIPS Reporting: Getting Off on the Right Foot

A physician who did not report performance on quality measures to the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) for 2015 now faces a 6% penalty on all Medicare Part B payments.  The same penalty will apply in 2018 for physicians who do not report performance for 2016. In addition to PQRS penalties, a 3% penalty now … Continue Reading

MACRA Delay? Don’t Count On It

You may have seen a headline or two last week stating that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) may delay MACRA’s effective date.  However, the agency has not announced any such delay.  Instead, CMS’ top official indicated the agency is considering some adjustments to the initial performance period. The U.S. Senate Finance Committee … Continue Reading

Meaningful Quality

This past week, Nevada’s state board of health found itself in the middle of an all too familiar debate – just how much information should hospitals be required to share directly with the public.  The debate arose over a new regulation that would require Nevada hospitals to report hospital acquired infections to the CDC’s infection … Continue Reading

The Doctor Will See You Now??

Recently, a friend of mine went out to his car late one night to run an errand, only to find that it would not start. He was immediately concerned as he had an early AM meeting that he couldn’t miss. He had just replaced the battery so knew it must be something else. Knowing nothing of cars, … Continue Reading

Blurring the Line

This past week, CMS announced a public comment period on several newly released quality metrics focused on stroke outcomes – 30-day all cause mortality and 30-day readmission rates. As I spend most of my day working on healthcare reform and quality, I spent the weekend diving into these metrics, wanting to be sure exactly which clinical … Continue Reading

When I’m Sixty-Four

“I read the news today, oh boy" The outlook for Medicare has improved substantially, or at least so say the Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds in their recently released report. According to this latest report, Medicare will now be solvent until at least 2029. The good news is, this is 12 years … Continue Reading

Two Thumbs Up for PYA ReformLoupe

PYA’s one-stop healthcare reform information website is getting great reviews in its debut at the American Health Lawyers Association conference in Seattle. PYA ReformLoupe is our free, interactive website that continuously updates our firm’s healthcare alerts, news stories, blogs, social network sites and other Internet information while it idles on a computer desktop or mobile communications device. … Continue Reading