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MIPS Virtual Groups Draws Skepticism from Providers
Virtual groups are supposed to help small practice physicians participate in MACRA, but questions remain on how that will happen. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 2, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: David Raths Tags: MACRA Healthcare Reform Compliance Technology Source Type: news

Solving the EHR Interoperability Challenge
Massachusetts Medical Society's David Wasserman shares tips on how small practices can overcome interoperability challenges. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 26, 2017 Category: Practice Management Tags: Health IT EHR Technology Source Type: news

QPP Support and Available Options for Small, Underserved, and Rural Practices
Initiative provides free, customized technical assistance to clinicians in small practices to successfully participate in the Quality Payment Program, with priority given to those in rural, health professional shortage, and medically underserved areas. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - July 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The Good and Bad of the 2018 MACRA Proposed Rule
CMS'proposed rule for the 2018 performance year of the Quality Payment Program should be seen as a major win for small practices, experts say. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 26, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Dylan Fisher Tags: MACRA Healthcare Reform EHR Compliance Source Type: news

Staying Afloat in Healthcare & #039;s Ever-Changing Landscape
Small practices can benefit from partnering with an IT partner to fit their needs, here are some tips on choosing that partner. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 23, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Chris Walls Tags: Blog Operations Outsourcing Partnerships Practice Models Source Type: news

Medical Societies Praise Draft MACRA Rules for'Flexibility'Medical Societies Praise Draft MACRA Rules for'Flexibility '
Initial reactions single out MIPS policies that help small practices, the"all-payer option" for advanced APMs, and the postponement of EHR upgrades.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Industry Likes'Flexibility,' Rewards in Proposed MACRA Rule Industry Likes'Flexibility,' Rewards in Proposed MACRA Rule
Initial reactions single out MIPS policies that help small practices, the"all-payer option" for advanced APMs, and the postponement of EHR upgrades.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Data Protection at Small Practices
A sequela of the virus that compromised your network may be a lawsuit from Edelson PC.  Edelson PC is a recognized leader in plaintiffs'class and mass action litigation with a special emphasis on technology and privacy cases.  Jay Edelson made national news last month by filing suit against MDLive, a telehealth provider focused on digital delivery of medical care. This Chicago-based attorney is smart and representative of a growing number of plaintiff lawyers focused on privacy issues. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - May 9, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Michael Sacopulos, JD Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Risk Management Personal Health Records Source Type: news

6 Ways Small Practices Can Thwart Cybercrime
Cybercrime is a threat to even the smallest of practices, here are six ways to prevent criminals from accessing your patients'data. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 24, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Karen Appold Tags: HIPAA Technology Patient Confidentiality Mobile Source Type: news

Rock Dental Brand to Buy Arkansas Dentistry & Braces
Rock Dental Brands of Little Rock on Wednesday announced that it will acquire Arkansas Dentistry & Braces (ARDB), owned by Dr. Benjamin Burris and Dr. Justin Bethel. Rock Dental said the deal would further expand the availability of its services and specialists.   The parties declined to disclose the purchase price for the deal, which has yet to close. It's the latest in a series of dentists selling to a larger group practice, an attractive option to dentists close to retirement age and those looking to avoid the challenges of ownership and focus on taking care of patients. Dani White, chief marketing officer for ...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - April 19, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

CQC puts smaller and underfunded practices at 'great disadvantage', says GP leader
The chair of the Family Doctors Association (FDA) has hit out at the CQC, accusing the watchdog of being unfair to small practices and casting judgments that ignore the financial pressures facing practices. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - April 12, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

11 Ways Small Practices Can Comply with MACRA
Following this year's flexibility, practices must meet strict MACRA guidelines in 2018 and beyond or face negative payment adjustments. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 11, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Steph Weber Tags: Population Health Healthcare Reform Compliance Technology Source Type: news

Small practices could face premises funding cuts to 'force pace' of NHS reform
NHS commissioners could cut premises reimbursement for practices that do not fit with future NHS strategy to 'force the pace' of moves to larger primary care units, according to a review that warns 30% of practices are 'not large enough'. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - April 6, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

CMS Seeks to Make MACRA Manageable for Small Practices
CMS says that its goal is to get a 90 percent participation rate with MACRA for all clinicians. Yes, this includes small practices. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 2, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Gabriel Perna Tags: Conference Report Conferences/HIMSS 2017 Compliance Technology Source Type: news

Strategies Suggested to Protect Practices From Hackers
Small practices are a target, especially as larger organizations improve their security (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - March 1, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Infections, AIDS, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Nursing, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT, Source Type: news

Payers and Practices Partnering on Value-based Initiatives
Can small practices make it in a value-based world? Payers and experienced practices explain how this shift is possible. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 20, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Aine Cryts Tags: Population Health Fee Schedule Survey Payers Practice Models Source Type: news

CMS Awards Approximately $100 Million to Help Small Practices Succeed in the Quality Payment Program
The Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded approximately $20 million to 11 organizations to provide training and education about the Quality Payment Program to small practices, especially in historically underserved areas like rural areas, health professional shortage areas, and medically underserved areas. This is the first year of a five-year program; CMS intends to invest an additional $80 million over the next four years. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 17, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

A Helpful Provision in the 21st Century Cures Act
A new law makes it so small practices can reimburse employees for premium expenses incurred for an individual health insurance policy. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 11, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka Adler Tags: Blog Healthcare Reform Compliance Staff Payers Source Type: news

Medical Home Implementation in Small Primary Care Practices Medical Home Implementation in Small Primary Care Practices
Can small practices successfully adopt elements from a payer-based PCMH program? This focus group study examines providers'motivations, attitudes, and perceived barriers to implementation.Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Small GP practices could receive 'bespoke' funding under NHS England plans
Practices serving atypical populations - including small practices and university practices - could be given additional funding by NHS commissioners to recognise workload not funded by the national formula. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 3, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Marketing is a Must for Small Practices
The days of relying solely on word of mouth and referrals to grow your business are over. You must put yourself out there. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 26, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Daniel Hoffman, MD Tags: Blog Marketing Patient Relations Referrals Source Type: news

Complex Finance Reporting at a Small Practice is Doable
There are many reasons for small practices to use complex finance reporting technologies to analyze data. Here are a few. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 22, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Matt Barron Tags: Practice 360 Finance Billing and Collections Revenue Cycle Management Source Type: news

Staffing Right for Population Health in Small Practices
When engaging in new population health initiatives, ensure your practice is properly allocating its staff and expanding strategically. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 12, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: JoAnna Haugen Tags: Population Health Health IT Staff Tools Source Type: news

Tech-enabled Population Health at Small Practices is Complex
Find the tech solutions that are correct for your practice's patients and don't get lured by the fanciest gadgets and apps, say experts. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 9, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: JoAnna Haugen Tags: Population Health Health IT EHR Technology Source Type: news

Need Health Coverage for Your Practice Employees?
Small practices seeking health insurance for employees can look for plans through the Small Business Health Options Program. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 2, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Preparing for upcoming Medicare changes? Tools to help your practice
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is slated to release its Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) final rule by Nov. 1. While the program does not affect Medicare payments until 2019, physicians need to prepare for the changes now. To help your practice prepare for this historic change, the AMA has been developing a collection of valuable online tools and resources. The newAMA Payment Model Evaluator helps you determine how MACRA will impact your practice. After answering questions and following the steps —which should take ten minutes or less—you’ll receive a brief asses...
Source: AMA Wire - October 5, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

New tool identifies short-term volunteer and paid opportunities
A new interactive tool provides physicians interested in volunteering or working outside of their normal practice settings with short-term opportunities in the field of medicine. ThePhysician Opportunities Portal, launched today by the AMA, enables physicians to quickly and easily identify opportunities to add stability and longevity to their careers and increase joy in practice by giving back. The Portal features many opportunities, including: Consulting Legal expert Locum tenens Emergency and safety Health and wellness AMA opportunities Users may search by location, start date and even time of day. The Port...
Source: AMA Wire - September 22, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

Small Practices Can Prosper in Era of Consolidation
Despite trends of practice consolidation, more than 50 percent of all family physicians are in practices with five or fewer physicians. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - September 19, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Road to 10: The Small Physician Practice's Route to ICD-10
Provides access to a variety of ICD-10 coding resources designed for small practices. Includes transitioning tools, case studies, webcasts, and specialty guides to help with training and implementation of ICD-10. -- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (Source: Rural web sites and other tools via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural web sites and other tools via the Rural Assistance Center - September 14, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Small Practice Bears Larger Load for Healthcare Costs
Rising patient deductibles and cost sharing not only hurts patients, but also can put pressures on medical practices to manage their revenue cycle. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 13, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Erica Sprey Tags: Great American Physician Survey Healthcare Reform Payers Physician Compensation Source Type: news

Road to 10: The Small Physician Practice's Route to ICD-10
A CMS site that acts as a one-stop source for all things ICD-10 for small practice organizations. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - September 8, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

EHR Adoption, Population Health a Struggle for Rural Providers
Most small, rural, and critical access hospitals are not as far along in adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) as larger facilities. The American Medical Association has pointed out that the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) has unintended consequences for rural and small practices, including administrative and reporting burden and new penalties. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 8, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Pelzman's Picks: Dangers of Compassionate Use
(MedPage Today) -- Also: pitfalls of abortion laws, small practice survival, and more (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - September 6, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

& #039;Educate Yourself Now & #039; on MACRA, Advises Consultant
Can small practices make it through MACRA? In this podcast, Pam Minichiello of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative says it depends on preparation. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 25, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Gabriel Perna Tags: ACO Healthcare Reform Compliance Practice Models Source Type: news

Integrated Care Shows Mixed Results in Quality, Cost Integrated Care Shows Mixed Results in Quality, Cost
The team-based model, merging mental and physical care, was superior for people with complex mental health and chronic diseases, an editorialist noted, but the costs may overwhelm small practices.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Tech Upgrades Pay Off for Small Practices
While upgrading your technology may cost you, it will pay off in the long run, according to recent research efforts. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 23, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Jeff Zabin Tags: Blog Health IT Tools Technology Overhead Source Type: news

JAMA editorial: ACOs reward big hospitals, but small practices, using mobile tech, are best bet to cut healthcare costs
The Journal of the American Medical Association published a point-counterpoint set of opinion pieces yesterday on whether ACOs, as an experiment, should be declared a failure. Massachusetts General physician Dr. Zirui Song and Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy Director Elliot Fisher argued for ACOs by pointing to the shades of grey between different types of ACOs and suggesting ways to focus future ACO efforts. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - August 17, 2016 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

The Benefits of Big Data at a Small Practice
Why is one OB/GYN practice dedicated to pulling information from its EHR and other data sources? (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 15, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Aine Cryts Tags: Health IT EHR Technology Source Type: news

How Medicare regulatory penalties will change
Regulatory penalties under the current Medicare payment system have been rising, overwhelming physicians with reporting burdens just to avoid payment cuts. But how will financial penalties and bonuses change in the new system? Under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), regulatory penalties starting in 2019 will be much less severe, and physicians will have greater opportunity for bonuses.How MIPS will be different The current pay-for-performance programs —the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the value-based payment modifier (VBM) and the Meaningful Use electronic health record program&...
Source: AMA Wire - August 12, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

MACRA Delay is & quot;Inevitable, & quot; Says Expert
In our latest podcast we spoke with two healthcare policy stakeholders on the potential delay of MACRA, and what it could mean for small practices. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 11, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Gabriel Perna Tags: Health IT Healthcare Reform Compliance Meaningful Use Source Type: news

Can Small Practices Survive MACRA?
We asked two forward-thinking practices what may very well be the question of the year. Here's what they had to say. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 9, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Gabriel Perna Tags: ACO Compliance Operations Practice Models Source Type: news

Small Practices Forging Ahead in Value-Based Care
Most physicians are skeptical of value-based care, but these four practices are proving to be outliers. What have they learned about their experiences? (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 8, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Gabriel Perna Tags: ACO Operations Practice Models Physician Compensation Source Type: news

Changes to shore up small practices under new Medicare payment system
The final rule for the new Medicare payment system is expected by November, yet the draft rule issued in April has many physicians in small or rural practices concerned that proper considerations have not been taken to set them up for success.When Congress enacted the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), it recognized the unique challenges of small and rural practices and required that special consideration be given to these practice types. But, theproposed rule provides only limited flexibility for small and rural physicians, which may jeopardize their ability to successfully participate.The infamous &ldq...
Source: AMA Wire - August 5, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

New model makes patient care more than face-to-face visits
Two things that physicians want for their patients are more stability and fewer visits to the emergency department. But often the services that are needed to do so are unbillable, and the resources are hard to find otherwise. A new care model for oncologists intends to solve this problem by providing the resources needed to closely manage patients ’ care in-between their face-to-face treatments to reduce complications. The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) developed the patient-centered oncology payment model, an alternative payment model (APM) that focuses on two things: making sure the patient is take...
Source: AMA Wire - July 29, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Later start date could ease transition to new Medicare system
Testifying before the U.S. Committee on Finance, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt made known concerns about physician readiness for implementation of the new Medicare payment system. Physicians already know the answer to that problem—a later start date and transition period. “We need to launch this program so that it begins on the right foot, and that means that every physician in the country needs to feel like they’re set up for success,” Slavitt said. “We remain open to multiple approaches. Some of the things … that we’re con...
Source: AMA Wire - July 18, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

HHS Grant Helps Small Practices Move to Value-based Models
A new grant program from HHS aims to help physicians in rural and underserved areas make the transition to value-based payment models. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 6, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Small Practices Squeezed by MACRA
(MedPage Today) -- Vast majority face pay cuts under proposed rule (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - July 1, 2016 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

Practice Rounds: HHS to Aid Small Practices with MACRA
HHS is giving $100 million to help small practices implement MACRA over five years; Zika relief funding faces hurdles in Congress. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 24, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Gabriel Perna Tags: Healthcare Reform EHR Compliance Payers Source Type: news

HHS Announces Major Initiative to Help Small Practices Prepare for the Quality Payment Program
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services will award $20 million each year over the next five years to fund on-the-ground training and education for Medicare clinicians in individual or small group practices of 15 clinicians or fewer. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 20, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Physicians are guiding new payment system, CMS chief says
In the effort to design the new Medicare payment system, Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), said that the driving factor behind many of the changes was physician input—and the proposed rule attempts to reflect that. But the physician’s role does not stop there. How physicians are having a voice in regulations “You represent one of America’s most potent and proudest forces of talent and ability,” Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), told physicians Monday at the 2016 AMA Annua...
Source: AMA Wire - June 14, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news