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Jeff G Lawson

  • MACRA stress is high, and MACRA readiness is low, according to a recent AMA/ KPMG survey that reports less than one of four physicians define themselves as "well prepared" to meet the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015’s requirements for this year. 1,000 physicians   Read more..
    Posted on 19 Jul, 2017
    By Jeff G Lawson
    MACRA Preparedness: And the Survey Says…
  • Advanced APMs are a subset of APMs and let practices earn more for taking on some risk related to patients’ outcomes. You may earn a 5% Medicare incentive payment during 2019 through 2024 and be exempt from MIPS reporting requirements and payment adjustments if you   Read more..
    Posted on 11 Jul, 2017
    By Jeff G Lawson
    Consider Advanced APMs to Earn More
  • Practices with 15 or fewer clinicians and practices in rural and health professional shortage areas are a crucial part of the healthcare system.
    The Quality Payment Program provides options designed to make it easier for you to report on your performance and qualify for incentives. Physicians in small practices who report their performance can do just as well as mid-sized or larger practices. CMS expects the number and percentage   Read more..
    Posted on 15 Jun, 2017
    By Jeff G Lawson
    MIPS Preparedness for Small Medical Practices
  • The HIPAA Breach Notification rule (§164.400 et seq.) requires you to take specific actions when faced with a breach incident. Sheldon-Dean outlines the following steps you need to take to evaluate and report breaches, as well as to properly document compliance incidents:         Report all breaches   Read more..
    Posted on 9 Jun, 2017
    By Jeff G Lawson
    7 Steps to Evaluate & Report HIPAA Breaches
  • As MIPS and other value-based reimbursement plans gain steam, your patients’ perceptions of the quality of their medical care will affect your bottom line. It’s not enough to tiptoe around the required quality measures under MIPS—you’ll need to embrace new strategies to up the ante   Read more..
    Posted on 5 Jun, 2017
    By Jeff G Lawson
    What Do Your Patients Think?
  • In a nutshell, the Quality Payment Program rolled out January 2017 creates an environment where you—the eligible clinician—compete for incentive dollars.
    In this new program, you may earn incentive payments by participating in Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs), which involve meeting specified criteria and accepting some risk for your patients’ quality and cost outcomes.   Each Innovation Models falls into one of seven categories: Accountable Care Accountable Care   Read more..
    Posted on 31 May, 2017
    By Jeff G Lawson
    Pin Down the Innovation Models in the Quality Payment Program
  • Your payment might depend on the quality of your EHR.
    Despite the almost nonstop cyber chatter devoted to MACRA, many providers are unaware of the changes with the shift to quality-based, patient-centered care. With a big portion of your MIPS score under the new QPP compiled from your adoption of new technical standards under ACI,   Read more..
    Posted on 24 May, 2017
    By Jeff G Lawson
    Be MACRA Ready: Navigate the Certified Health IT Product List
  • National Health Service hospitals in the UK forced to cancel outpatient appointments after WannaCry ransoms files
    It makes you wanna cry—the ransomware attack that raged to endemic proportions from one unpatched Windows computer to another faster than any biological agent possibly could (infecting more than 300,000 Windows computers in more than 150 countries at last count). We won’t soon forget the Wanna   Read more..
    Posted on 22 May, 2017
    By Jeff G Lawson
    Cyberattack Targets Healthcare and Succeeds
  • World Password Day: Ensure a Safe Presence in the Digital World!
  • Posted on 25 Apr, 2017
    By Jeff G Lawson
    Let’s Work to End Malaria For Good!