Lab professionals, from assistants to medical lab technicians, work behind the scenes to assist physicians with patient diagnosis and treatment, and disease monitoring or prevention. The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science calls these professionals vital healthcare detectives—the Sherlocks of the healthcare world who help detect cancer, different types of infectious diseases, heart attacks, and much more. (more…)
In recent months, we have discussed both the basics of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). MACRA changes how Medicare pays for physician services, repeals the Medicare physician sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and instead provides predictable payment increases. MIPS is one of the two-path Quality Payment Program (QPP). (more…)
Hopefully you have the basics of MACRA mastered by now. As a refresher, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act changes how Medicare pays for physician services and repeals the Medicare physician sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and instead provides predictable payment increases. If you need an additional review of the program, read last month’s blog. (more…)
The flu. Patients don’t want to think about it and, this time of year, neither do physicians, especially after the 2017-2018 “perfect storm” of a season. We all have flu fatigue, if you will. So what happened to cause such a rampant season, and how can you prepare for next year? (more…)
What is MACRA, Anyway?
MACRA. MIPS. APMs. BLT. PB&J. Yes, the government is throwing more acronyms at you (it’s also possible one of those doesn’t belong!). So what is MACRA, and how do MIPS, APMs, and a plethora of other acronyms relate?
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, or MACRA, was signed into law in 2015, and went into effect last year. It changes how Medicare pays for physician services and repeals the Medicare physician sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula providing predictable payment increases.
The Can’t-Miss Show in the Clinical Laboratory Community
The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) is holding its 70th Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo on July 29 – August 2, 2018 in Chicago! This is the largest global scientific conference and tradeshow in laboratory medicine, with ~20,000 attendees from around the world and offers 750 exhibitors. AACC also provides Plenary Sessions featuring world-renowned scientists and scientific sessions covering a broad range of subjects at various experience levels, and focused “Brown Bag” sessions that give attendees the opportunity to pose questions in small groups. So get those safety glasses ready for a conference that showcases “the cutting-edge science and technology shaping the future of clinical testing and patient care.” (more…)