April 15, 2014 by Kaitlin Samples
As spring approaches and flowers start to bloom, doctor’s offices are going to begin filling with patients suffering from seasonal allergies, providing no better time for you to enhance your Greenway platform than with a Marketplace solution. The Marketplace offers a wide range of solutions in 10 different categories to help you provide better healthcare to your patients and help your practice function at its most efficient level. With volumes of clients increasing due to weather changes, help speed up and simplify the check-in process with one of our check-in solutions. Phreesia, the 2013/2014 Greenway Marketplace ‘Partner of the Year’, has increased check-in functionality for over 1200 Greenway providers.
Hear from Phreesia below:
Phreesia is excited and honored to have been named Greenway’s Marketplace Partner of the Year. This award reflects the strength of our continued partnership with Greenway and our commitment to providing medical practices with a comprehensive, point-of-service solution that drives efficiency and profitability throughout their organization.
April 1, 2014 by Justin Barnes and Adele Allison
Stay Vigilant to Organizational Strategies for Success
Whether the ICD-10 delay and Medicare payment fluctuations bring relief or frustration, there are still many ways to position your organization for a successful future.
In fact, despite the recent disposition toward delay, now is actually the time to energize or re-energize your focus on existing programs that create a strong foundation for evolving and future value-based and alternative payment incentive models, such as accountable care organizations (ACOs) and patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs).
As you may know, the congressional stalemate on how to pay for long-term Medicare payment stability — coupled with the phasing out of fee-for-service (FFS) — brought ICD-10 into pre-midterm election politics. The result? A one-year delay of the advent of ICD-10 in the U.S. until Oct. 1, 2015. In addition, a one-year Medicare payment patch averted a 24-percent cut, instead increasing Medicare payments by 0.5 percent for the next 12 months.
March 26, 2014 by Justin Barnes
The Increased Cadence Marching from Volume to Value, and how Technology is the Bridge to Success
Care providers should be paying close attention to the news out of Washington, D.C.
A bipartisan bill harmonized by House and Senate committees now before the full Congress – and already endorsed in principle by the White House – is poised to be one of the last major steps in transforming how care is delivered and paid for, by public and private payers. While this is still being hotly debated in terms of how to pay for the provisions, the expectation is for passage within the next 18 months.
Known in shorthand as the SGR Repeal, the legislation would discontinue annual Medicare reimbursement patches, or doc fixes, stabilize payments through 2018, and that same year institute a value-based, or technically named a merit-based payment system.
That means providers seeing Medicare patients will be scored on how they deliver care, with incentives or penalties incurred against a threshold scoring model. The plan would merge existing PQRS, meaningful use and value-based modifier (VBM) quality reporting programs, and institute provider scoring within quality, resource use, meaningful use and clinical practice improvement categories.
March 11, 2014 by Matt Pierce
What’s significant about February 14, 2014? Some of you may think “Valentine’s Day!” and you’d be halfway right…but it is also the second anniversary of the launch of the Greenway Marketplace! Here is a quick snapshot of where we are almost exactly two years into the program:
- 92 companies are part of the Greenway Marketplace program
- 67 solutions & services are live on the Marketplace
- 662 PrimeSUITE customers (4,435 providers!) are utilizing a Marketplace solution
- 508 companies evaluated for inclusion in the program since January 2012
Today, we’re excited to announce that Greenway Marketplace is now accessible to customers utilizing our three main Greenway Health platforms: PrimeSUITE, Intergy and SuccessEHS.
March 5, 2014 by Adele Allison
The value of patient engagement — and the price of the disengaged patient — grow clearer every day. Disengaged patients have been shown to account for 8 to 21 percent higher costs than engaged patients. These numbers go a long way toward explaining the recent outpouring of federal initiatives and policymaking linked to patient-centeredness:
- CMS Stage 2 Meaningful Use – 7 measures
- CMS Accountable Care Organizations – 7 measures
- CMS Value-based Purchasing – Patient satisfaction measured through the H-CAHPS and the CG-CAHPS survey
- HRSA Patient-Centered Medical/Health Home Initiative
- VA Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT)
One federal effort supporting patient engagement is the Patient Centered Outcome Research Trust Fund, established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2009 to promote research focused on improving health outcomes through patient-centeredness. Most of this trust fund, estimated to reach $5 billion by 2019, goes to establishing and funding the work of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
February 19, 2014 by Tina Graham
ICD-10 is coming! Bury your money in the yard! Stock your bunkers! Buy generators!
Yes, I am being dramatic. But make no mistake: the ICD-10 transition is not going to simply blow over. Its potential financial impact to your business cannot be overstated, and your practice cannot be too prepared.
Among the many things you need to do to prepare – training your office to understand the new codes, upgrading your EHR to an ICD-10 compliant version, testing with clearinghouses to make sure that you can send claims correctly and so forth – one that has the greatest potential to disrupt your revenue stream may be completely out of your control. So what else should you consider?
Tens of thousands of payer rules exist for evaluating claims and determining whether they get paid. A cynical person would say that insurance companies are in the business of building rules to save them money by not paying physicians. I once heard an insider refer to this as “electronic warfare” between the payer and the physician.