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  • Wednesday, January 15, 2020 8:28 AM | James Ireland (Administrator)

    Regional Independent Physicians Band Together, Allegheny County Medical Society Steps in to support Small Business in Medicine

    Pittsburgh, PA. The long tug of war between the major health systems in Pittsburgh resulted in a number of physicians leaving healthcare systems and launching new medical practices.  In response, the Independent Medical Doctors (iMD) of Western Pennsylvania and the Allegheny County Medical Society have signed a two-year collaboration to incubate and support physicians as small business owners in the practice of medicine.

    Physician owned practices provide excellent quality of care at a much lower cost with unparalleled access and continuity of care at a personal level. The focus and allegiance of the physician remains the patient and their well-being."says Athan H. Georgiades MD, Chair of the Board of the Independent Medical Doctors. “Our partnership with the Allegheny County Medical Society will help independent physicians thrive in our region.”

    “Over the last 16 months, we’ve seen several new independent medical practice models introduced in the region.  These include Direct Primary Care, Concierge, Cash Pay and even some new Direct to Employer efforts.  The Medical Society will work together with our physicians to develop and promote these new models to better serve our community and employers.  To achieve this, we have relaunched our Group Purchasing program under the Prosurant brand to ensure access to quality products at a fair price,” added the ACMS Board Chair, Adele L. Towers MD.

    To further bolster local independent medical groups, the ACMS Board of Directors approved the formation of a Special Committee on Independent Practice (SCIP).  The SCIP will work with the independent practice community to investigate opportunities for the development of new care delivery models and to ensure cost efficiency through the group purchasing program, Prosurant.

    Alan Yeasted MD, Chair of the SCIP, commented, “It’s an exciting opportunity to offer group purchasing through Prosurant to assist providers in supporting independent practice models.  Prosurant will offer cost savings and opportunities for providers to promote their independent practice to patients. Tackling regulatory and payment challenges will also be a major focus for the SCIP.”

     “We are reinventing the traditional medical society model to serve all physicians in Allegheny County including those that work in major health systems.  We look forward to sharing new announcements including our new benefits packages in the months to come,” said Allegheny County Medical Society CEO, Jeremy Bonfini.


  • Tuesday, January 07, 2020 3:02 PM | James Ireland (Administrator)

    CMS released the final 2018 performance data for the Quality Payment Program. Additional data elements show significant success and participation in both the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) paths.


    Performance highlights:


    • 98% of eligible clinicians participated in MIPS in 2018 — up from 95% in 2017
    • 98% of eligible clinicians exceeded the performance threshold score of 15 points to receive a positive payment adjustment — up from 93% in 2017
    • 356,353 clinicians participated in MIPS through APMs — up from 341,220 in 2017

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  • Friday, January 03, 2020 3:11 PM | James Ireland (Administrator)

    Regulatory sprint to coordinated care: New Stark and Anti-Kickback rules
    Michael A. Cassidy, Esq.


    On Oct. 22, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and OIG (Office of Inspector General) released new proposed rules regarding Stark Law Exceptions and Anti-Kickback Safe Harbors in response to what has universally been christened as the “Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care,” first announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in June 2018.


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  • Friday, January 03, 2020 1:04 PM | James Ireland (Administrator)

    Enter your 10-digit National Provider Identifier (NPI) number to view your QPP participation status by performance year (PY).

    https://qpp.cms.gov/participation-lookup/

  • Thursday, January 02, 2020 9:00 AM | James Ireland (Administrator)

    How to Submit Your 2019 MIPS Data


    Submit data using the following steps: 

    1. Visit the QPP website at qpp.cms.com/login.
    2. Sign in using your QPP access credentials – To sign in and submit data, clinicians will need to register in the HCQIS Authorization Roles and Profile (HARP) system. CMS offers information on HARP enrollment in this QPP Access User Guide.
    3. Submit your MIPS data for the 2019 performance period or review the data reported on your behalf by a third party. 


  • Monday, December 23, 2019 3:08 PM | James Ireland (Administrator)

    What’s in the news: Eight Americans are killed every day in a car crash involving a distracted driver, and more than 1,000 are injured daily in such accidents, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Six percent of drivers in fatal crashes were distracted at the time, the NHTSA says, yet most states are coming up short when it comes to cracking down on a major cause of distracted driving.


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  • Monday, November 04, 2019 1:18 PM | James Ireland (Administrator)

    When a doctor is experiencing burnout, it can lead to adverse outcomes and poor patient-physician communication. 

    Repeated exposure to high-demand, low-control health care environments is linked to adverse outcomes including burnout. And recently published research finds a link between physician burnout and poor patient-physician communication.

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  • Friday, August 16, 2019 4:01 PM | James Ireland (Administrator)

    New features added to medical supply group purchasing contract.

    Learn how these features can help your practice.

  • Sunday, August 04, 2019 4:02 PM | James Ireland (Administrator)

    New products and services to make your group health, life, dental and vision shopping easy and painless.


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