Today, physicians and other clinicians are expected to deliver expert patient care, encourage patient engagement, navigate complicated regulations, and manage the practice’s bottom line. But, being a jack of all trades never results in true excellence, especially when mastering patient care is your highest priority. You need experts to provide guidance and solutions that you can count on.
MACRA accomplishes 4 goals: Replaces the SGR and sets predictable Medicare rates, accelerates the shift to “Value-Based Payment” to reward quality over quantity of care, ends MU, PQRS, and the Value-Based Payment Modifier as separate Medicare programs with their own incentive/penalty structures, and consolidates these programs into a new program, effective 2017, with financial impact beginning in 2019.
Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS)
Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances provides prescribers the ability to write prescriptions for controlled substances electronically, completely eliminating paper prescriptions. Not only is EPCS legal in all 50 states, but one by one, states are mandating this as the only way to prescribe Schedule II-V drugs.
PDMPs are state-run drug-monitoring programs that collect and track controlled-substance prescriptions in a searchable database. They provide physicians with intelligence about prescribing and patient behavior that can help them make appropriate prescribing decisions.
From HIMSS to hospitals to specialty groups and independent practices, outcomes are occupying everyone’s minds. So exactly what are outcomes and how can medical professionals ensure that they are ready for success?
Data. It is at the front of everyone’s mind, and a large concern for healthcare practitioners—especially specialists. Unfortunately, when it comes to the need and value of data most clinicians have more questions than answers.
Simply stated, specialists need to capture and share data that is relevant to their ability to demonstrate the value of their services, while delivering better patient care at the lowest possible cost. Not so simple, right?
Why all the buzz about patient engagement? It’s simple. Engaged patients mean better outcomes—for them and for you. Engaged patients contribute valuable insight through self-documentation within the larger exchange of information. Physicians continue building confidence and trust by exchanging messages in a simple, secure manner—while providing a stronger framework for improved health outcomes.
“Meaningful use of a certified EHR” underlies the EHR Incentive Programs offered through the HITECH Act of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)—also known as the 2009 Economic Stimulus Plan. The Medicare EHR Incentive Program has been replaced by MACRA; only the Medicaid and Hospital programs remain.