CMS Finalizes Major Changes to ACO Program

Back in August of 2018, as part of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program), CMS proposed some sweeping changes for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). There has been some controversy over these changes which require ACOs to move to two-sided models. In this Final Rule which was scheduled to be published in the Federal Register …

Will Chiropractors Benefit from Medicare’s Proposed Reformations?

Recently, Medicare’s Innovation Center released an informal Request for Information (RFI) seeking input on several different system reformation proposals. As the market moves towards value based payment systems, new models are being sought to both reduce costs and increase quality. This article outlines some of the ideas presented in the RFI which …

MIPS – To Participate or Not Participate – That is the Question

Medicare’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Final Rule increased the threshold for participation. With this increase, a significant number of providers fall into the exempt category and they are now breathing a sigh of relief. However, there’s one hidden tidbit which you may have missed – the potential damage to …

Chiropractic’s Unique Role in the Opioid Epidemic

While scanning my news feed this morning, a few alarming words caught my eye: “Opioids could kill nearly as many Americans in a decade as HIV/AIDS has killed since the epidemic began in the early 1980s.” Across America, people are talking about chiropractic as a safer alternative to opioid medication for pain relief, and yet, I don’t think the magnitude of this opportunity has been realized by most doctors of chiropractic in this country.