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MACRA Final Rule – MACRA Monday

Posted on October 31, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

This post is part of the MACRA Monday series of blog posts where we dive into the details of the MACRA Quality Payment Program.

On Friday, November 4, 2016 at 3:00 PM ET (Noon PT) Healthcare Scene be hosting a live video interview with three MACRA experts. Many of you might have seen our earlier interview with these three experts where we made predictions on the MACRA final rule and also talked about the challenges practices will face with MACRA. Now that the MACRA final rule has been published, we’re going to do a follow up interview to see where we were right and wrong and also talk about changes that came out in the MACRA final rule.

The great part is that you can join my conversation with this panel of experts live and even add your own comments to the discussion or ask them questions. All you need to do to watch live is visit this blog post on Friday, November 4, 2016 at 3:00 PM ET (Noon PT) and watch the video embed at the bottom of this post or you can watch on YouTube directly. The conversation will be recorded as well and available on this post after the interview.

Here are a few details about our panelists:

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We hope you’ll join us live or enjoy the recorded version of our conversation. Understanding MACRA and evaluating how your practice should approach MACRA is going to be crucial to the success of your organization. Join us so you can learn the latest insights and perspectives on the MACRA final rule.


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Be sure to check out all of our MACRA Monday blog posts where we dive into the details of the MACRA Quality Payment Program.

EMR Stimulus Money Secure from Political Changes

Posted on November 23, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I’ve discussed on multiple occasions the possible impacts of the congressional changes on the EMR stimulus money. Justin Barnes on The Health Care Blog recently posted the best reason I’ve seen yet for the EMR stimulus money and meaningful use being safe from being cut, stopped, or otherwise maimed due to some political change. Here’s his description:

Fundamentally it’s important to note that the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, from which the Meaningful Use program and its funding originates within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, is an entirely different statute than PPACA.

Bipartisan support for the tenets and the spirit of HITECH dates back at least seven years, and it is also noteworthy that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), which administers Meaningful Use, was created by the Bush administration and a Republican Congress.

Politics aside though, the reason that Meaningful Use funds are secure is because they are drawn from the Medicare Trust Funds held by the U.S. Treasury, and are therefore not subject to annual Congressional budget appropriations or oversight.

From what I’ve read, the funding is really the only tool that the republicans have to damage the various democratic legislation that they don’t like. Since the meaningful use funds are part of the Medicare Trust Funds and not subject to the congressional budget, I think that clearly defines why the EMR stimulus money is safe.

So, you can all go out and safely buy your certified EHR and start showing meaningful use of your favorite EHR software.