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New Measures Increase Focus on Semantic Interoperability

Posted on 01/11/17 | Comments

National healthcare movements demand an interoperable framework for accurate data exchange across healthcare continuums. As value-based care continues to unfold, the industry at large remains focused on efforts to mature interoperability to support high-level quality initiatives aimed at improving population health and cutting costs.

For this reason, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) recently identified two metrics to support specific indicators of “widespread interoperability” in the industry. Developed in response to directives laid out by The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), the new metrics are:

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Topics: semantic interoperability, MACRA

New MACRA Measures Sharpen Focus on Semantic Interoperability

Posted on 09/21/16 | Comments

 

Healthcare’s interoperability quest continues to mature, moving the industry closer to semantic interoperability—the highest level of information exchange as defined by the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). ONC’s recent identification of two metrics to support specific indicators of “widespread interoperability” demonstrate this movement.

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Topics: semantic interoperability, MACRA

Maximizing MIPS Reimbursement

Posted on 06/08/16 | Comments

MACRA Part 2

Maximizing MIPS Reimbursement

Laying the Right Foundation for Data Management

In the first edition of this two-part series covering MACRA and MIPS, we provided an overview of MIPS and its impact on terminology management and quality reporting. Part 2 will discuss why terminology management is critical to maximizing reimbursement under the new rule.

The stakes for quality and cost performance continue to rise. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 is a prime example of why providers need to prioritize data access and management on a higher level than ever before.

Semantic interoperability—or the ability of two systems to exchange data in a meaningful way—remains a barrier to accurate data analytics and reporting. As pointed out in the first installment of this series, effective data normalization and terminology management is critical to accurately capturing data. Below I outline why terminology management must become a priority to maximize reimbursement within MACRA’s Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

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Topics: MIPS, MACRA, Reimbursement

MIPS Raises the Stakes on Clinical Documentation and Quality Reporting

Posted on 06/01/16 | Comments

MACRA & MIPS Part 1

MIPS Raises the Stakes on Clinical Documentation and Quality Reporting

Is your data ready?

In this two-part series, we will explore the basics of MIPS and its impact on terminology management and quality reporting.

It’s no secret that quality reporting has presented notable challenges to hospitals and physicians. Access to clean, accurate data is necessary for reporting, yet providers continue to struggle with full and consistent capture of data and strategic management of patient information for forward-looking initiatives.

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Topics: MIPS, MACRA