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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Your Patient Intake Forms May Need a Checkup

February 22, 2017

On January 27, 2017, the North Carolina Supreme Court held that a physician and his practice could not enforce an arbitration agreement against a patient where the physician and his practice did not make full disclosure to the patient of the nature and import of the arbitration agreement before or at the time it was presented to the patient for signature.

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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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Happy Anniversary to the Americans with Disabilities Act: A primer on working with patients who have hearing impairments

February 22, 2016

The Americans with Disabilities Act turned 25 in 2015! This landmark bill has helped an untold number of permanently and temporarily disabled people participate in and benefit from services and employment opportunities. Most medical providers are well aware of what accommodations to make to ensure equal access to people with mobility impairments, but less certain about what accommodations to make for people with hearing impairments. So let’s take the 25th anniversary of this history bill to talk about it!

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Innovations in Medicine: Synergy Health Solutions

January 19, 2016

An interview with Dr. Gus Vickery

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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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WCMS Endorses Home Health Face-to-Face Encounter Form for use in WNC

August 17, 2015

Our region’s health care providers and physicians have galvanized to ensure that patient home care occurs and is documented according to CMS guidelines. A group of WNC hospital-based home health agencies created a standardized face- to- face document.

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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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Patient Centered Medical Homes Create Healthier Communities

May 18, 2015

The Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is an innovative model for population health management that is improving the way that providers and primary care practices care for patients. In this model, providers expand access to patients and support them in achieving mutually agreed upon health goals. Patients have the opportunity to become more engaged in their own care and are empowered to work to improve unhealthy behaviors

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On Your Own or Part of a Larger Healthcare System?

May 6, 2015

"Should I open or retain my own private practice or become part of a larger healthcare system?" That’s the question I’ve heard from ten physicians over the past six months. I’ve written this newsletter to help you assess your own readiness. One size doesn’t fit all. Only you can decide. That decision will significantly impact tasks that need to be done with respect to organization and management, financial management, managing staff and external resources, maintaining quality and outcomes, and compliance.

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