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Comment on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act

October 2, 2015

This summer, Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. (MACRA). The president signed this into law on April 14.

In this latest law related to health care reform, the Physician Quality Reporting System, value-based payment modifier, the electronic health records incentive program and the Sustainable Growth Rate formula will come to an end. These programs will be replaced by the merit-based incentive payment systems, alternative payment models and a physician-focused payment model.

ICD-10 is coming; are you ready?

September 30, 2015
On Oct. 1, the U.S. health care system will begin to use the International Classification of Diseases 10th edition ─ it replaces the decades-old 9th edition. This…

Senate holds hearing on biosimilar agents with FDA director, some senators call for action

September 25, 2015
The Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security met on Thursday, September 17 for a hearing on the implementation of biosimilar agents with Janet Woodcock
In the Journals

First year of Pioneer ACO program saw small reduction in low-value services

September 22, 2015
A modest reduction in the use of low-value services was seen among health care practices that participated in Medicare’s Pioneer ACO program, according to recently…
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AOA: Revised AAO, ASCRS comanagement guidelines 'significant'

September 22, 2015
The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery have released a joint…
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BLOG: Do you provide preventive health care?

September 14, 2015
To prepare for this blog, I reviewed the piece entitled, “Implementing Health Reform: House Can Sue…
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VIDEO: Most ODs must still attest for meaningful use stage 2

March 6, 2015
ATLANTA – Zachary McCarty, OD, detailed the differences between stage 1 and stage 2 meaningful use here at…
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