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Alanna Kroeker

Compliance Spotlight: Ali Gross, UC Los Angeles Health

Alanna J. Kroeker Executive Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2017   Ali Gross is currently a Senior Privacy Analyst at University of California Los Angeles Health (UCLA).  Ms. Gross is a 2015 Loyola University Chicago School of Law Graduate where she also completed a health law certificate.  Ms. Gross knew she wanted …
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MACRA 101: Noteworthy Changes in the Final Rule

Alanna Kroeker Executive Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2017   As our MACRA 101 series comes to an end, this article is intended to point out key differences between the proposed rule released earlier this year and the final rule which was released October 14th.  The lengthy final rule, reaching almost 2,400 …
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MACRA 101: Advanced Alternative Payment Models

Bherti Patel Associate Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2018   The Quality Payment Program (QPP) will reward delivery of quality patient care through the following two programs: the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs). These two programs will allow clinicians and physicians to provide care in a …
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MACRA 101: MIPS and the Advancing Care Information Category

Alanna Kroeker Executive Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2017   This article will spell out the details for the Advancing Care Information (ACI) category of the Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).  This category accounts for 25% of a clinician’s overall composite score and is intended to replace the current Meaningful Use …
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MACRA 101: Physician Fee Schedule Adjustments and the New Pick Your Pace Options

Alanna J. Kroeker Executive Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2017   In this article, we will cover the anticipated reimbursement scheme for both MIPS and APMs, as well as briefly discuss two new reporting paths recently revealed to be available to clinicians in 2017. One of the most attractive pieces of the …
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OCR To Devote Greater Resources To HIPAA Breaches Affecting Fewer Than 500 Individuals

Christine Bulgozdi Associate Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2018   The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced in August that they would be focusing more efforts on investigating breaches of Protected Health Information (PHI) affecting fewer than 500 individuals.  Currently, regional offices investigate all breaches affecting more than 500 individuals, but only …
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MACRA 101: A Series on MACRA

Alanna J. Kroeker Executive Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2017   The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law by President Obama back in April 2015 and one year later, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the highly anticipated proposed rule.  This 962-page rule is …
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Compliance Spotlight: Valerie Dixon, UC Irvine Health

Alanna J. Kroeker Executive Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law,  JD 2017   Valerie Dixon currently serves as the University of California Irvine Health (UCI) Deputy Compliance Officer.  Ms. Dixon brings 17 years of compliance experience with her to UCI, as she started her compliance career in 1999 at UC San Diego.  Prior to …
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