The payment will resolve Stark Act and False Claims Act allegations against the Florida-based provider, which self-disclosed the violations and cooperated with the government investigation.
MGMA, AMGA, and ACP comments urge reduction of administrative burden for providers treating Medicare beneficiaries in 2018.
Despite constant arguments to the contrary, a recent study shows that the Meaningful Use program has sped up the conversion from paper to EHR.
An alternative construct for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System would withhold a portion of payments for clinicians that they would get back based on their performance on quality metrics.
Audit estimates that 12% of the $6 billion in electronic health record incentive payments made to hospitals, physicians and other “eligible professionals” did not comply with federal requirements.
Relief is welcome, but the challenges that hospital physicians face in complying with MACRA starting in 2017 will be followed by increasing demands in subsequent years.
While providers praise flexibility, work is just beginning on which technology will work best, and whether regulations are too little or too much.
Under MACRA, improvements to meaningful use will continue, as will opportunities for information exchange, predicts the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
The move from meaningful use to the value-based payment world of MACRA, MIPS, and the APMs is coming into focus.
A medical group's call for allowing licensed physicians, without vendor interference, to designate any recipients or senders of messages using the Direct protocol puts a spotlight on nagging EHR interoperability issues.