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May 03, 2016

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Member Benefit Portal

Health First Network, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of its Exclusive Member Resource Center. Through the “Members Benefit Portal (website)”, you will be able to access your exclusive Health First Network membership benefits; such as negotiated savings on products and services, competitive pricing on Medical Malpractice, Education Center - offering web-based CME, Advisors Panel, Connect Newsletters and much more.

There is NO COST associated with accessing the website as it was simply created to house all of the benefits available to you in one convenient location. Because benefits are exclusive to Health First Network, Inc. members ONLY, you will need to complete the short registration form and set up your own unique User ID and Password. Once registered, you can schedule your FREE Benefit Review through the online portal.

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What you need to know about Medicare Revalidation Cycle 2

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently began the second five-year cycle of revalidation, a process that requires group practices and providers to review and update their Medicare Part B enrollment records. The stakes are raised in Cycle 2 of revalidation, as CMS will deactivate billing privileges for providers who miss their revalidation due dates or fail to complete the required updates. To ensure practice leaders are prepared, MGMA developed a new resource that answers frequently-asked member questions and addresses topics including:

• When to revalidate;
• How revalidation affects large groups; and
• Step-by-step instructions for what practices can do now.

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MACRA slide deck: Educate your practice on the future of Medicare payment

To help educate physicians and staff about the evolving Medicare payment landscape, MGMA created an easy-to-digest presentation that covers the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) basics, outlines what we know about the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and alternative payment models (APMs), and previews what to expect as new Medicare payment rules are proposed this spring. Follow the link below to download the slide deck, entitled “MACRA: Next Steps for Value-Based Payment in Medicare”.

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The Board's role in moving to value-based payments

Among the most significant challenges that medical groups face is the functionality and role of their board of directors. As medical groups continue to evolve and take many different shapes and forms – integrated delivery systems, multispecialty groups, larger single-specialty groups and others – they face new types of challenges. Tackling risk-based payment models (now in several markets across the country), managing population health and evolving compensation plans, and addressing numerous other issues are dominating board agendas. From these significant issues, the market is creating new and different priorities for medical groups and their boards.

Boards must not only determine and monitor the strategies of their organization, they must also help their medical groups understand the needs of payers, redesign physician compensation and incentive systems, build the necessary infrastructure to manage population health goals and risk arrangements, and engage patients in the delivery of care.

Among the most critical goals of today’s healthcare providers is setting the stage to engage patients in the delivery of care. It is critically important that boards create an environment where patients are educated consumers who are involved in their care. The healthcare system must improve healthcare’s accessibility to all segments of the population. Clearly, patients’ ability to access care and schedule appointments lags behind any other service industry in the United States. In the vast majority of medical groups, patients schedule appointments using an antiquated phone and scheduling system – clearly not an effective model in today’s technologically advanced world.

The board has a responsibility to hold management accountable for creating systems that allow patients access through multiple avenues without the delays and roadblocks that most still experience today. The board must work to enhance the patient experience while monitoring patient feedback and improving care delivery.

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Margaret McGuckin is an accomplished COO,CMO, P&L leader across multiple industries, including health care, technology and media.

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