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MACRA Decision Guide

By AHA STAT Staff
September 22, 2017

Are you ready for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act or MACRA? The AHA’s MACRA resources are designed to support your needs as you implement MACRA’s sweeping changes.

Our latest offering aims to help you and your clinician partners decide which MACRA track to pursue – the Merit-based Incentive Payment System or alternative payment models. By answering a series of questions, the interactive decision guide leads participants to briefs on associated topics.

To access... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, physicians, Medicare

Clinician Well-being and Resilience

By Jay Bhatt, D.O., and Maureen Swick, R.N., Ph.D.
December 15, 2016

The rapid pace of change in health care, from delivery redesign to risk-based payment models to increased data reporting and interoperability, has clinician attention divided among many competing priorities and challenged to meet changing requirements while improving care delivery for a more diverse population. Numerous studies show clinician stress is associated with lower patient satisfaction, a negative impact on health care quality, overuse of resources and increased costs.... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: physician issues, physicians, culture of safety, leadership, nurses, workforce

AHA Debuts MACRA 101 Video Series

By Jay Bhatt, D.O.
October 27, 2016

The rule implementing the new Medicare physician quality payment program called for by the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) presents challenges and opportunities for hospitals, health systems and the nearly 540,000 directly employed or contracted physicians with whom they partner to deliver quality care. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ release of the final MACRA rule represents the next evolution in value-based health care. With 2017 rapidly... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, physicians, regulation

Getting Ready for MACRA

By Rick Pollack
October 21, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week issued its final rule carrying out key provisions of the landmark Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), which called for a new Medicare payment system for physicians. Eligible clinicians will participate in one of two tracks starting in 2017 – the default Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or advanced alternative payment models (APMs), such as an accountable care organization or patient-centered... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, physicians, Medicare

MACRA Tracker Helps Hospitals Prioritize Resources

By Ashley Thompson
October 11, 2016

With the clock ticking on the proposed Jan. 1, 2017 start date for the Quality Payment Program created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), the field breathed a collective sigh of relief when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will provide clinicians with flexible options to satisfy reporting requirements in 2017.

The AHA had urged CMS to provide clinicians with flexibility to meet the aggressive timelines and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, physicians, regulation

Fellowship for Creating Clinically Integrated Health-System Based Medical Groups

By John R. Combes, MD
March 1, 2016

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) members are invited to apply for a learning fellowship on managing population health and succeeding in the new physician payment models that take effect in 2019, also known as Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). 

The AHA-AMGA Learning Fellowship is a national-level comprehensive program that addresses critical success factors such as leadership, culture, structure,... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physician issues, physicians, leadership, care coordination

Providing the best training opportunities for future physician leaders

By John R. Combes, MD
February 16, 2016

The American Hospital Association is pleased to partner with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) on the Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments project.

Launched today, this four-year initiative is designed to promote transformative improvement within the clinical learning environments of ACGME-accredited Sponsoring Institutions where resident and fellow physicians pursue formal clinical training in a specialty or subspecialty.

As part... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: quality care, physician issues, physicians, graduate medical education

A Little Good, a Little Bad

By Rich Umbdenstock
July 10, 2015

The news often brings some good and some bad; sometimes a step forward and a step back. This week’s good news is the proposed change that would allow payment for advanced care planning visits with clinicians, encouraging dialogs that will help patients determine how they want care provided in serious situations, including at the end of life. The response has been very positive – not a “death panel” scream to be heard! The bad news is the continuing rapid rise in the cost of... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, physicians, Drug Pricing Program, advocacy, financial assistance, price

Rural hospitals are calling, will Congress listen?

By Priya Bathija
November 20, 2014

Today we celebrate National Rural Health Day and the 1,600 small and rural hospitals that show dedication day in and day out to the communities and patients they serve. While we work to advocate for policies in Congress that boost the health of rural America, it is our nation’s rural hospitals and providers who confront the challenges of caring for an aging population under the constant threat of cuts for medical services. 

There’s no denying, even in the famously unhurried and... read more

Tags: physicians, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, rural, CAHs, Critical Access Hospitals

Why Hospitals Work with Physicians

By Melinda Reid Hatton
October 22, 2014

A little out of date and a little out of touch – that’s the best way to describe a recent study on consolidation in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The conclusions in the report are based on data from 2009 to 2012. The health care world, especially hospitals, is moving forward so far and so fast that this study is virtually obsolete. 

Hospitals everywhere recognize that they have to be high quality and provide real value to consumers to be sustainable.  Hospitals... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: physicians, consolidation, mergers
 

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