AAOS Now, March 2016
Understanding APMs and MIPS
The Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) not only replaced the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate model, but also offered a high-level description of a number of new initiatives to decrease cost and improve quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries. Almost a year after the passage of MACRA, implementation of the law continues to evolve with release of regulatory specifics from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Introducing the 'Bring-a-Buddy' Program
Do you want to get more involved in advocacy efforts but are unsure of where to start? Are you interested in attending an upcoming local event for your congressional representative, but feel a little intimidated about going by yourself? Are you anxious about fitting in? These are common scenarios faced by novices to advocacy efforts. Unfortunately, they may also deter individuals from becoming involved in advocacy altogether.
Meaningful Use Update
On Dec. 28, 2015, President Obama signed the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act into law. The Act was established to address payment adjustments under the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program (meaningful use program) for the 2015 reporting period.