The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Webinar

February 9, 2018

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) recently announced the administration’s first new Medicare alternative payment model, Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced).  This voluntary model includes 29 inpatient and 3 outpatient clinical episodes.  Please join AMA Board Chair Dr. Gerald Harmon on Monday evening, Feb. 26th, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm Central time, for a free webinar on the model.  The webinar, designed for physicians and focusing on the clinical aspects of the model, will be presented by CMMI’s Dr. Steven Farmer, who is a cardiologist, senior advisor and medical officer.  Dr. Farmer will also respond to questions from webinar participants.  The webinar comes at a key time, two weeks before applications to participate in the model will be due.

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Free technical assistance from MAHEC to help doctors with QPP/MIPS

January 18, 2018

Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) is offering FREE technical assistance to help practices in Western North Carolina understand and enroll in the Quality Payment Program (QPP). You may earn a positive Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) payment adjustment for 2019 if you submit 2017 data by March 31, 2018. MIPS-eligible clinicians opting not to participate will receive a 4% reduction in Medicare reimbursement in 2019.

QPP is a revenue neutral program meaning that penalties will be assessed to low –performing providers and redistributed to providers performing well. MAHEC can help you determine your baseline score and aid you in developing a strategy going forward to maximize your score for Payment Year 2 and beyond.

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CMS Launches Data Submission System for Clinicians in the Quality Payment Program

January 3, 2018

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that doctors and other eligible clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program can begin submitting their 2017 performance data using a new system on the Quality Payment Program website ( The data submission system is an improvement from the former systems under the CMS legacy programs, which required clinicians to submit data on multiple websites. Now, eligible clinicians will use the new system to submit their 2017 performance data for the Quality Payment Program during the 2017 submission period which runs from January 2, 2018 to March 31, 2018, except for groups using the CMS Web Interface whose submission period is January 22, 2018 to March 16, 2018.

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“Blue Ridge Bone & Joint” merges with three other NC practices to form one of the state’s largest physician-owned orthopaedic practices

August 1, 2016

In a common mission to provide streamlined, patient-centered care, four independent orthopaedic physician groups across North Carolina have joined together to form a new practice called EmergeOrtho.

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Lower Your Overhead With a Patient Portal: Trillium Family Medicine

March 25, 2016

It is not news that electronic health records (EHRs) are a major cause of job dissatisfaction among physicians. Advances in patient portal technology over the past few years, however, have opened numerous opportunities for health information technology to actually improve your office and your job satisfaction. Patient portals, when implemented well, can increase workplace efficiency and reduce practice costs.   

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Blue Ridge Bone & Joint Expands Care Options

February 4, 2016

"We are very excited to announce a number of changes focused on enhancing experiences with BRBJ.  A major step is our adding a satellite office in Arden/Fletcher."

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Innovations in Medicine: Synergy Health Solutions

January 19, 2016

An interview with Dr. Gus Vickery

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Employers and the ACA

January 18, 2016

Check out these informative articles by WCMS Circle of Friends partner, Johnson Price Sprinkle PA.  

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AllCare Clinical Associates Featured in Medical Group Management Association Report

December 16, 2015

The MGMA report highlights medical practices that have demonstrated superior performance in cost management, productivity, capacity and staffing, and patient satisfaction. 

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Concierge Medicine: Is it right for you? For your patients?

October 13, 2015

What are your thoughts about concierge medicine? In this post, we take a close look at this evolving model, its history, and public reaction.

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ICD-10 Resources from AMA

September 30, 2015

As the clock tick downs to the ICD-10 deadline on Oct. 1, the AMA has revised its online ICD-10 information and resources 

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ICD-10: One Week Out

September 24, 2015

As we come to October 1st, CMS wants to assure the medical community that we’ve tested and retested our systems, and we’re prepared to solve problems that may come up.

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Get Ready Now: Assess How ICD-10 Will Affect Your Practice

August 31, 2015

With ICD-10 just 30 days away, now is the time to get ready. You can make sure your practice is prepared by following the ABCs of ICD-10

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ICD-10 Implementation Tips and Reimbursement Updates from JPS

August 26, 2015

Some important notes for ICD-10 Transition and Implementation

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CMS and AMA Announce Efforts to Help Providers Get Ready for ICD-10

July 6, 2015

With less than three months remaining until the nation switches from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding for medical diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures, CMS and AMA are announcing efforts to continue to help physicians get ready ahead of the October 1 deadline

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