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Health information technology is a troublesome area for many physicians, but not to the degree it was several years ago when meeting meaningful use standards for electronic health records (EHR) was a struggle. But practices are bracing for a new set of challenges as they move into quality reporting programs under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and other programs under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).
Challenges related to Medicare’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) top the list of concerns for regulatory-related burdens to physician practices in 2017 and beyond, according to a new survey released in August by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).
A new study from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that nearly nine in 10 physician practices in the U.S. offer access to medical data through online portals, but less than one-third of Medicare patients use those portals because they find them difficult to navigate.
Treating patients with chronic pain is an ongoing problem for physicians in an era where millions of U.S. residents have opioid-addiction problems. And the issue is prompting physicians to offer patients alternatives to treating pain that don’t involve prescription medications.
Selling a practice or merging with another practice can be a good strategic move for a physician, but such moves can be fraught with unforeseen problems that include loss of autonomy and adapting to a new corporate culture.


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