Hospital OPPS and ASC Payment System and Quality Reporting Programs Changes for 2018

On November 1, CMS issued the CY 2018 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System final rule with comment period, which includes updates to the 2018 rates and quality provisions and other policy changes. CMS adopted a number of policies that will support care delivery; reduce burdens for health […]

Physician Fee Schedule Final Policy for Calendar Year 2018

On November 2, CMS issued a final rule that includes updates to payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2018. The overall update to payments under the PFS based on the finalized CY 2018 rates will be +0.41 percent. This […]

Highlights of Quality Payment Program for Year 2 (Calendar Year 2018) Under MACRA

Here are the highlights of the Final Rule for QPP for Year 2 under MACRA as announced by CMS yesterday: • Weighting the MIPS Cost performance category to 10% of your total MIPS final score, and the Quality performance category to 50%. • Raising the MIPS performance threshold to 15 points in Year 2 (from […]

EMRs Taking Away Close to One-Third of Physicians’ Work Time – AMA

The EMR Time Crunch A common complaint among physicians across practices and specialties has been the amount of time that was previously spent attending to patients is now being occupied by clinical documentation.  These time disparities can have adverse effects on physician-patient relationships, and also limit the number of patients able to receive care from […]

The Prevalence and Consequences of Medical Errors in American Medicine

Part I There are numerous records that we maintain, or are maintained on us, over the course of our lives.  Our school records track our grades and accolades. Our public records track our civic life and criminality. Our resumes document our accomplishments and abilities.  And our medical records compile the history of our overall health […]

SAINCE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 89TH ANNUAL AHIMA CONVENTION AND EXHIBIT

Saince Will Be Exhibiting Several of Its Clinical Documentation Solutions at This Year’s Convention in Los Angeles, CA – October 7-11 Alpharetta, GA, October 2, 2017– In the ever-changing world of value based healthcare, hospitals and health systems are scrambling to keep up with the rapid shift from predominantly inpatient revenues to outpatient revenues. In […]

Saince 2017 AHIMA Convention Scavenger Hunt

Saince will be participating in this year’s AHIMA Convention and Exhibit in Los Angeles, and will be hosting a Twitter scavenger hunt for event attendees!  To play, take pictures of the following people, places, and objects and tweet them to @Saince_Inc using the hashtag #Saince2017. All participants are eligible to win prizes and the winner […]

The Cost of Care: How AI is Revolutionizing Healthcare and Driving Down Prices

The cost of healthcare is once again at the center of a national debate.  With premiums rising, the baby boomers aging, and diabetes, the most expensive disease in the world, affecting 10% of the US population, the rising cost of healthcare in America is an issue that affects all of us.  In the past, the […]

Investor Sharing Across the Healthcare Delivery System

Common investors in the healthcare delivery industry have historically been difficult to track. One recent study published in Health Affairs Magazine analyzing data from various sources concludes that between the year 2005 and 2015 common investors in healthcare continuum – including acute care hospitals, post-acute care, hospice, etc – increased from 25% to 49%. The […]

Clinical Documentation and Physician Burnout

Clinical documentation is one of the more tedious tasks that doctors are faced with and is a heavily contributing factor in the rise of physician burnout. In the constantly evolving and data driven world of healthcare, AI is experiencing a boom.  The application of AI technologies is revolutionizing the way clinical documentation can be generated […]