AMA Wire

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Practice News

Boost value with innovations in delivery, payment

Newly archived webinars in an ongoing AMA series shed light on ways to increase the value of care by adopting innovations in how care is delivered and paid for.

Now available for on-demand viewing are the first five webinars in a seven-part series hosted by members of the AMA Innovators Committee.

In the first four webinars, physician presenters take a look at such innovations in care delivery as providing team-based care to optimize practice workflow and increase value, improving care coordination without moving to an employment model, and boosting value by benchmarking.

The fifth webinar explores new payment models that can sustain the delivery reforms discussed in the other webinars over the long term. Physician innovators who implemented payment reforms that work describe a variety of payment models, relate the pros and cons of each model, and speak to how accountability for cost and quality can be shared among stakeholders.

Future webinars will delve deeper into the mechanics of new payment models and how to customize a model to fit the physician's practice.

Physicians can earn continuing medical education credit in the form of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ by viewing these webinars by Dec. 31. Registration is free for AMA members; nonmembers can sign up for $30. If you're not an AMA member, join today.

Apply by June 30 for CMS ePrescribing hardship waiver

Physicians have just a few weeks to avoid a 2 percent penalty in 2014 for those who do not meet the Medicare ePrescribing program's requirements this year.

While the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will automatically evaluate whether physicians qualify for a limited set of exemption categories tied to the Medicare electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use program, physicians also may request a hardship exemption through the agency's quality reporting communication support Web page by June 30.

Other ways physicians can avoid next year's financial penalty include:

  • Reporting the ePrescribing measure via claims. Individual physicians must correctly report 10 ePrescribing events, while practices of 2–24 health care professionals participating in the group practice reporting option must report 75 e-scripts.
  • Registering for Medicare's EHR meaningful use incentive program by June 30.
  • Achieving meaningful use recognition during a required reporting period.

Visit the AMA ePrescribing Web page to learn more about the ePrescribing program, including a list of the exemption categories. Also consult CMS's Web page on payment adjustment information to learn more about the 2014 payment penalty.