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QPP UPDATE: How the Scoring for Various Elements of the MIPS Categories will be Handled

News | Published: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Among the new items recently released from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) on the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), there are some details on Advancing Care Information (ACI) that will impact many in the MedAxiom community. We are providing explanations of those new details.

CMS Update: Further Delays to Cardiac EPMs

News | Published: Monday, March 20, 2017

CMS just posted an interim final rule with comment period that further delays the effective date of the cardiac EPMs from March 21, 2017 until May 20, 2017.

NCDR Study Finds Radial Access, Same-Day PCI Could Save $300 Million Annually

News | Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017

According to the February 20, 2017 article in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions* by Amit P. Amin, MD, MSc, et al, “Shifting  current practice from transfemoral intervention non-same-day discharge to TRI SDD by 30% could potentially save a hospital performing 1,000 PCIs each year $1 million and the country $300 million annually.”

CMS Update: EPMs Will Not Be Delayed

News | Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

During a CMS call on February 22, 2017, regarding the AMI and CABG episode payment models (EPMs), a CMS official advised that there will be no further delays to the models.

The Latest from Washington DC: CMS Issues Rule Delaying Effective Date for Cardiac EPMs

News | Published: Thursday, February 16, 2017

CMS issued a rule delaying the effective date of the cardiac-related EPMs (and the new ortho EPM) from February 18, 2017 to March 21, 2017

Maximizing Reimbursement through MACRA

News | Published: Thursday, February 16, 2017

In the January/February issue of Cardiac Interventions Today magazine, MedAxiom consultants Larry Sobal and Nicole Knight write about Maximizing Reimbursement through MACRA’s Merit-Based Incentive Payment System. Through the article, they create a road map for how to take advantage of the financial opportunities available with MACRA.

How Does Your Cath Lab Stack Up?

News | Published: Thursday, February 16, 2017

Cath Lab Digest magazine features MedAxiom survey results and commentary

Itís Official: Cardiac Bundles and ACO Final Rule Announced

News | Published: Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Yesterday the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized new Innovation Center models that continue to shift Medicare payments from rewarding volume to rewarding value by creating strong incentives for hospitals to deliver better care to patients at a lower cost. These models will reward hospitals that work together with physicians and other providers to avoid complications, prevent hospital readmissions, and speed recovery.

Is a Repeal of the ACA in Our Future?

News | Published: Friday, November 11, 2016

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump vowed to eliminate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its entirety. Now, just days after the election, what do we really know and what can we anticipate? Marshall Brachman, lobbyist for the Cardiology Advocacy Alliance (CAA), offers his insights.

Summary: 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS)

News | Published: Friday, November 11, 2016

A summary of the The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule key policy changes impacting cardiology.