Senate Finance Committee plans to vote on Rep. Tom Price’s (R-GA) confirmation as HHS secretary stall when Democratic members decide to boycott the vote in light of, among other things, a Wall Street Journal report that claims Price “got a privileged offer to buy a biomedical stock at a discount.” The finding contradicts Price’s testimony during last week’s confirmation hearing, in which he said the discounted Innate Immunotherapeutics shares were “available to every single individual that was an investor at the time.” The boycott also delayed the confirmation of Treasury Department head nominee Steven Mnuchin. The vote will likely be rescheduled for tomorrow.
February 1 (Wednesday) 1:00 ET. “Get your data ready for MACRA: Leveraging technology to achieve PHM goals.” Sponsored by Medicity. Presenters: Brian Ahier, director of standards and government affairs, Medicity; Eric Crawford, project manager, Medicity; Adam Bell, RN, senior clinical consultant, Medicity. Earning performance incentives under MACRA/MIPS requires a rich, complete data asset. Use the 2017 transition year to identify technology tools that can address gaps in care, transform data into actionable information, and support population health goals and prepare your organization for 2018 reporting requirements.
Announcements and Implementations
North Broward Radiologists (FL) renews its RCM and PM agreement with Zotec Partners.
MediSys will offer Alpha II’s PQRS registry to help its EHR and PM customers collect and report Quality Payment Program data.
Thomas Parry (NorthPage) joins healthcare analytics firm Practical Data Solutions as national sales director.
MedEvolve hires Jenny O’Pry (MedSynergies) as SVP, RCM and Matt Seefeld (NantHealth) as SVP, business development.
San Diego-based PatientClick adds telepsychiatry to its line of telemedicine services.
The Indiana Rural Health Association’s Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center enlists the services of telemedicine consulting firm TeleHealth Solutions to help it provide resources and expertise to physicians across Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.
Government and Politics
CMS will host a webinar tomorrow (February 1) to help small, rural, and underserved practices become better acquainted with MIPS.