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Health Change Bulletin                                                                      December 14, 2017
The Efficient Billing Imperative
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  "The AMA is working to make sure every physician ó in every practice setting and every specialty ó is prepared to make the successful transition to the new Medicare law. All the tools physicians need are available on the AMA website, and, with time quickly ticking down, we urge all physicians who haven't done so already to take a few simple steps that will help them avoid a penalty," 

-David Barbe, MD, President, AMA
  A report by Harvard Medical School, found that in 2012, hospitalizations among ACO patients dropped by 1.6%, but in 2013 hospitalizations fell only by 0.7% and in 2014 hospitalizations actually rose by 0.3%. The study found preventable hospital admissions didn't decrease from 2012 to 2013, and actually rose in 2014.

Source: Modern Healthcare
  Analysis Finds Opportunity to Reduce ICU Rate, Enhance Care & Patient Workflow
Premier Inc., December 14, 2017

Just a Quarter of Providers Use EHRs for Population Health Management
Healthcare Analytics News, December 14, 2017

Providers Warming to Risk-based Payments
Healthcare Dive, December 14, 2017

Lawmakers Urge Health Industry Players to Work on Lowering Drug Prices
Morning Consult, December 13, 2017

Why Do People Hate Obamacare, Anyway?
Kaiser Health News, December 13, 2017

Congress Not Likely to Reauthorize CHIP Funding in 2017
Fierce Healthcare, December 12, 2017

Actuaries Warn of Premium Increases From Repealing ObamaCare Mandate
The Hill, December 12, 2017
Consultants Warn 'Change or Get Out of The Way' Next Year
Modern Healthcare, December 12, 2017
DEA, DOJ Back Changes to Law Linked to Opioid Crisis
The Hill, December 12, 2017

Tracking Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers
Kaiser Family Foundation, December 12, 2017
What Health Insurance Executives Think of Repealing The Individual Mandate
Fierce Healthcare, December 11, 2017
Hospitals Are Merging to Face Off With Insurers
Bloomberg, December 11, 2017
  Pike/Pine Shop Hosts ACA Workshop to Help Battle Enrollment Challenges
Capitol Hill Seattle, December 13, 2017

Leading Physicians in JAMA Call on Colleagues to Speak Out on Healthcare Policy
AJMC, December 11, 2017
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MACRA/QPP/MIPS Year 2 (2018) Final Rule   MACRA/QPP/MIPS Year 2 (2018) Final Rule

There are some big surprises since a few items we were told would be included did not make the cut in the final rule. There are also some exclusions that will help you be successful in 2017 since they are retroactive to 2017 reporting year.

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Healthsprocket List 
  HealthExec: 5 Issues The Healthcare Industry Will Face in 2018
1. AI moving into back office and supply chain roles
2. ACA reform isnít dead, itís just more complicated
3. Continue reading here

Source: HealthExec
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