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Medicare advisory panel wants to scrap MIPS

During a Thursday morning meeting, almost all of the members of MedPAC said MIPS, the new Medicare payment system for most physicians, should be replaced after MedPAC staff proposed the development of an alternative payment system to replace MIPs.
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An antidote for the opioid epidemic

The opioid epidemic has countless names used to define it. You could call it a widespread pandemic, a national crisis, or rampant prescription drug abuse. Whatever you call it, the reality is that opioid addiction is tragically taking the lives of almost 100 Americans daily. The opioid epidemic is sweeping the nation and we cannot ignore it. It is a national problem. The question is, how do we remedy a problem that affects people of every race, age, income level and every geographic part of our country? ‘
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New bill introduced to US Congress to mandate EPCS

H. R. 3528 – Ms. Clark of Massachusetts (for herself and Mr. Mullin) introduced a new bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require e-prescribing for coverage under part D of the Medicare program of prescription drugs that are controlled substances.  Read the text version of the bill here.

Between Jan. 1, 2009 and Sept. 31, 2015, opioid overdose-related ICU admissions increased by 34%.

“Aug. 8, 2017─The opioid crisis in the United States is resulting in increased admissions to hospital intensive care units and in increased numbers of ICU deaths from opioid overdoses, according to new research published online, ahead of print in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.”

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In “The Critical Care Crisis of Opioid Overdoses in the United States,” researchers report that between Jan. 2009 and Sept. 2015, admission to the ICU at 162 U.S. hospitals in 44 states increased by 34 percent. During that same time, deaths from these overdoses averaged 7 percent, but rose to 10 percent by 2015. These statistics taken together, the researchers estimate, indicate that deaths in these ICUs from opioid overdoses nearly doubled over the seven years. The researchers also found that the cost of caring for these patients increased from $58,517 to $92,408 (in 2015 dollars) in the same period.

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A Census of Actively Licensed Physicians in the United States, 2016 (PDF)

Health care in the United States remains in a period of uncertainty and transition, as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 faces existential challenges from the right and calls for modification from the left. The executive and legislative branches of our federal government are seeking ways to fundamentally alter the way in which health care is delivered and reimbursed across the country. Changes in population demographics, medical regulatory policies and health care reform are all part of a broader public discourse that highlights the need to have an up-to-date census of physicians who are licensed to practice medicine. Read the full PDF here

The Cost of Not Taking Your Medicine

There is an out-of-control epidemic in the United States that costs more and affects more people than any disease Americans currently worry about. It’s called nonadherence to prescribed medications, and it is — potentially, at least — 100 percent preventable by the very individuals it afflicts. Read More

CMS Issues Merit-based Incentive Payment Systems Guidance

CMS published three informative resources to guide eligible clinicians participating in Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017: a factsheet on MIPS participation, another on MIPS data reporting for clinical improvement activities, and a list of qualified registries available for reporting MIPS data. Read More

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