NPO Blog

MACRA-MIPS for the NON-ACO Participant

Bruce Maki presented to the non-ACO participants the updates for 2018 MACRA MIPS.  

The role of a Walk-In Clinic in value-based care

In our particular case, all of our physicians are residency trained and board-certified family physicians, so we understand and value the longitudinal relationship between providers and patients.  Having said that, in the interest of best serving our patients, it is important for us to focus on the acute issue in front of us recognizing that […]

MIPS Requires a CURRENT Security Risk Assessment (SRA)

MIPS Requires a CURRENT Security Risk Assessment (SRA) Security Risk Assessment might sound familiar to you as participants in the Merit-based Incentive Program (MIPS).  MIPS eligible clinicians are required to perform a Security Risk Assessment (SRA) to comply with the Promoting Interoperability performance category. Promoting Interoperability is the new name for what was previously called […]

4 Steps to More Efficiently use your EHR

4 Steps to More Efficiently use your EHR Everyone in your practice will play a role in the resourceful use of your electronic health record (EHR). Excellent communication, clear lines of authority, and a decision-making process promote best practices. Utilizing the software’s capabilities, training, work-flow, and communication will be key to your success.     […]

Physician Leadership

Physician leadership? With frequency, I get asked about the concept from other physicians, providers, patients, community leaders, hospital leaders, and the list goes on and on. Where are the physician leaders? What does it mean? What does it look like? Who is going to lead health care in the future? By the nature of our […]

The Evolving Role of Pharmacists in the Patient Centered Medical Home

The role that pharmacists can play in patient care has been evolving over the last decade, with a focus on embedding pharmacists in physician practice groups.  A collaborative initiative between Blue Cross/ Blue Shield and Michigan Medicine (University of Michigan), Michigan Pharmacists Transforming Care and Quality (MPTCQ) offered initial support for bringing pharmacists into physician […]

The PCP and Specialist Relationship

Specialists and primary care physicians enjoy a very close, interactive relationship as they collaborate to manage care of their mutual patients.  I know that PCPs value their specialists, and that specialists value the PCPs who refer patients to them. The typical exchange is where the PCP has the specialist engage with their patient for a […]

Healthcare Taxes

The recent government shutdown had some implications for healthcare which may not have been noticed. There were three Obamacare taxes which were to go into effect immediately that have now been at least postponed. The medical device tax, the tax on premium (Cadillac) health plans and the health insurance tax (HIT) would likely have made […]

Fee for value

As the citizens of the United States wait for our political leaders to pass a new or different health care law, we also realize the possibility that things will remain as they are. Patients, businesses, hospitals, physicians, insurance companies and others are positioning themselves for whatever comes out of the health care deliberations. But is everyone positioning […]

Chasing Health

Health Care in the United States has been, and continues to be, front and center as a topic of discussion and debate. This topic is dissected at the kitchen table of our homes as well as the halls of congress both in Lansing and Washington, DC. As you may have heard me say, “health care […]


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