Unfortunately, many physicians still prefer to maintain voluminous files containing patient information and illegible handwritten comments and progress notes.Make no mistake about it, electronic medical records are the way of the future for medical practices of all sizes.AMGA has been a longtime leader in reform efforts that foster the creation of community-based entities accountable for comprehensive healthcare services, referred to as ACOs, that promote accountability and build on the practice patterns of high-performing organizations.It provided guidance to congressional leaders on the appropriate language regarding ACOs and lobbied aggressively for its inclusion.Medicare Advantage Plans include Health Maintenance Organizations, Preferred Provider Organizations, Private Fee-for-Service Plans, Special Needs Plans, and Medicare Medical Savings Account Plans.Most Medicare Advantage Plans offer prescription drug coverage.The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website has several resources to assist healthcare providers with this transition.
Accountable Care Organizations AMGA believes that our current system of healthcare delivery does not adequately hold providers accountable for the care they provide, nor for providing the full spectrum of care.
Some mandates included in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) have been included in and strengthened under the PPACA.
Funding for the EMR legislation will cover a span of 10 years.
Value Based Modifier Payment Section 3007 of the Affordable Care Act mandated that, by 2015, CMS begin applying a value modifier under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS).
Both cost and quality data are to be included in calculating payments for physicians.