mHealth in the Time of MACRA

In a recent PwC report on the top healthcare issues for 2017, unsurprisingly, the impact of MACRA on value-based payment models made the list. Many provider networks have taken the last several years to focus on up-side risk sharing while expanding their network reach in both size and scope. However, as providers enter the first performance year of MACRA, the push towards more widespread adoption of two-sided risk models poses new challenges to healthcare decision makers, including: How …

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Video: MACRA 101

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Curious about the MACRA law and how it affects you? MACRA established the Quality Payment Program, designed to change how physicians are paid for care provided to Medicare beneficiaries. The goal is to shift the focus to quality care through revised performance reporting and a new payment adjustment structure. Marina Komarovsky, MS, MPH Marina is a writer who specializes in healthcare policy, patient engagement, and telemedicine. She has a special interest in creative tech approaches that help provider …

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Over $500 Million in Downward Payment Adjustments Expected for 2017

CMS has reported that 2,579 hospitals will be affected by downward payment adjustments in 2017 due to penalties associated with the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP). That translates to an average penalty of over $190,000, or a 0.73% reduction in reimbursement value. One of the biggest factors for these downward payment adjustments is avoidable ED readmissions. Over the last five years, healthcare organizations have been reporting on this measure without the weight of downward adjustments. The hope was …

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Guarantee Success With HIPAA-Compliant Email Marketing

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Email marketing is a great way to stay in touch with your patients. According to statistics compiled in 2014, there are more than 3.2 billion email accounts with 91% of consumers checking their email once a day. Email ad revenue has also reached $156 million per year, and for every $1 spent on email marketing, the average return on investment for businesses is $44.25. Gretchen Kalthoff Gretchen Kalthoff is a writer and marketing specialist for MWE. She is …

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5 Keys for Medical Website Hosting – Part 5: Backups

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While there are plenty of “general” hosting options available for your healthcare website, selecting a company that specializes in medical web hosting will ensure that all of your organization’s needs are met to help reduce online risks, maintain compliance, and increase revenue. Gretchen Kalthoff Gretchen Kalthoff is a writer and marketing specialist for MWE. She is an expert in healthcare marketing and health IT with a special interest in increasing patient engagement through social media and healthcare technologies.

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5 Keys for Medical Website Hosting – Part 3: Uptime

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When you’re looking for a company to build and/or host your medical website, it is a good idea to select a company that specializes in healthcare web hosting to ensure that online risks are avoided and compliance is maintained. In addition to protecting patients’ personal health information (PHI), a high quality website with little downtime should be a top priority. Gretchen Kalthoff Gretchen Kalthoff is a writer and marketing specialist for MWE. She is an expert in healthcare …

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5 Keys for Medical Website Hosting – Part 2: HIPAA Compliance

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When it comes to web hosting, it is crucial that you select a web hosting company that not only ensures your healthcare organization’s website is HIPAA compliant and 100% secure, but also provides every necessary feature for protecting patients’ personal health information (PHI). In part one of our five part medical website hosting series, the importance of secure web hosting was highlighted. Part two focuses on why it is necessary for web hosting to be HIPAA-compliant. Gretchen Kalthoff …

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How HIPAA and Data Security Applies to Medical App Design

If you are considering a medical app for your organization, understanding data security and how HIPAA applies to healthcare web development is critical. In most cases, a medical app will exchange data with a central server or other third party. If your application is going to share protected health information with a doctor, hospital, or other entity, it must be HIPAA compliant. Gretchen Kalthoff Gretchen Kalthoff is a writer and marketing specialist for MWE. She is an expert …

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Why Private Practices are Abandoning Insurance – and It’s Not Slowing Down

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Many private practices are starting to feel the pinch brought on by the Affordable Care Act. Rising costs and red tape, coupled with declining payments and revenue, are causing many practitioners to switch to employment in hospitals with the potential of greater earnings.  But those who prefer to stay in private practice are increasingly opting out of insurance altogether. Winona Cruzan Winona is a writer and marketing specialist for Medical Web Experts. She is an expert in healthcare …

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CMS Hears Calls for Change, Announces a Shorter Meaningful Use Reporting Period for 2015

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On January 29, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it intends to update the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.  CMS also intends to shorten the meaningful-use reporting period, align it with the calendar year, and generally adjust meaningful use software and programs for long-term goals. Since the incentive programs were launched in 2011, more than 400,000 providers have adopted electronic health records. While these developments resulted in more efficient practices …

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