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ABCBS RESPONDS TO EPISODE MODEL CONCERNS

AMS and several physician groups, including representatives of the Arkansas Orthopedic Society, have been meeting regularly with ABCBS officials to work through concerns over their implementation of the Arkansas Payment Improvement Initiative (APII). As a direct result of these discussions, ABCBS has made changes and adjustments, some of…

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AMS Partner athenahealth Earnins Top Rankings

WATERTOWN, Mass.—December 14, 2012— athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN), a leading provider of cloud-based electronic health record (EHR), practice management, and care coordination services to medical groups and health systems, today announced that it has earned three #1, Best in KLAS rankings within the 2012 Best in KLAS Awards:…

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Arkansas Payment Initiative Update

Episode of Care Model - October 1 marked the start of the twelve month reporting period for Medicaid's initial three episodes (Acute Upper Respiratory Infections, ADHD, and Pregnancy). The next two episodes will begin in January (knee/hip replacement and CHF). Meanwhile, ABCBS has sent contract amendments to physicians…

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E-Prescribing Hardship Exemption Deadline Extended

CMS has announced that the Quality Reporting Communications Support Page will re-open beginning November 1, 2012, through January 31, 2013, to offer an additional opportunity for providers to apply for a hardship exemption to avoid the 2012 e-prescribing 1.5 percent payment adjustment on Medicare claims. The previous deadline…

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“Meaningful Use” Stage Two Final Rule Released

The American Medical Association has provided ongoing input since the inception of the EHR incentive program and has urged greater flexibility to make the program more reasonable and achievable for physicians. In a letter submitted by the AMA and signed by AMS, recommendations were outlined to eliminate physician…

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CPCI Clinics Selected for Participation

Applications for the Coordinated Primary Care Initiative (CPCI) have been processed and the physicians that have been selected for the pilot project were announced August 22, 2012. Arkansas was among the seven geographical areas targeted for participation. Primary Care Physicians were asked to go through an application process…

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CPCI Application Period Open Now

Primary care practices considering applying for the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative pilot program have until July 20 to submit applications.  AMS has learned that currently there are approximately 84 clinics that have begun the process of application. The first step for interested practices is to complete the short…

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