Optum Moves into Physician Group Space with Acquisition

September 30, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Optum, an Eden Prairie, Minn.-based clinical analytics firm, will acquire Irving, Texas-based physician practice management and revenue management software firm, MedSynergies.

Stage 2 Attestations: Mount Carmel Vaults Over the MU Bar

September 30, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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In Part 2 of a two-part series profiling healthcare organizations that have attested to Stage 2 of meaningful use, Mount Carmel’s chief clinical information officer discusses how the organization is moving to an integrated care delivery model.

CMS: 44,000 Have Applied for Hardship Exemption

September 30, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Approximately 44,000 eligible providers (EPs) have applied for a meaningful use exemption, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) confirmed to Healthcare Informatics.

Moving the Collections Process Up Front

September 30, 2014     John DeGaspari
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If there is one constant in the ever-changing world of U.S. healthcare, it’s that there is a huge squeeze on profit margins—a fact that affects even not-for-profit hospital systems, which need operating funds to continue their mission of providing care. That’s...

The TIGER Initiative Comes Under HIMSS Management

September 30, 2014     Mark Hagland
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On Sep. 30, HIMSS announced that the TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) Initiative had transitioned to coming under the aegis of HIMSS, effective Sep. 22.

Striking a Balance Between Cost and Quality of Care

September 30, 2014     John DeGaspari
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Although labor ranks among the highest-cost items in the budgets of most healthcare organizations, tight budgets and the lack of time and resources from tackling of too many initiatives have posed significant challenges to healthcare provider organizations...

Nebraska Med Center Fires Two Employees for Violating Ebola Patient’s Privacy

September 30, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha has fired two workers accused of violating an Ebola patient’s privacy by looking at his medical file, according to various news outlets.

EDITOR'S NOTES: Of Easter Island, Australian Forests, and ACOs

September 30, 2014     Mark Hagland
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What happens when societies fail to heed warning signs? Jared Diamond's brilliant "Collapse" provides food for thought

North Carolina HIEs Partner to Share Patient Health Records

September 29, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Two North Carolina health information exchanges (HIEs)—Carolinas HealthCare System CareConnect and Mission Health Connect—have agreed to share the health records of patients across the Carolinas.

Lawmakers Introduce ACO Reform

September 29, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Representatives Diane Black (R-TN) and Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced bipartisan legislation last week that would aim to improve the accountable care organization (ACO) program.

Evolution and Revolution: What Medical Group Leaders Are Learning through their Federal ACO Participation

September 29, 2014     Mark Hagland
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Will the current period have been a turning point for medical groups participating in the two federal ACO programs? Medical group leaders share their perspectives

Blogs

Death of the Desktop

September 29, 2014     Pete Rivera
When we get home, the last thing we want to do is sit down in front of a computer. The whole “keyboard/mouse” thing seems like we are at work or away from the rest of the family.

‘Patient 3.0’—Empowering Patients as Partners

September 26, 2014     John DeGaspari
What is Patient 3.0, and what does it suggest about how the doctor-patient relationship can be made better? This was the theme of the keynote address delivered last week by Paul Tang, M.D., a practicing internist and chief innovation and technology officer at the Palo Alto...

Shared Experiences: Similar Lessons Learned Across Beacon Communities

September 26, 2014     Gabriel Perna
This week's announcement that three more Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are leaving the program will bring out the naysayers and cynics in droves. But let's take a step back and think positively for a change.

Critical Access Hospitals Band Together for Analytics

September 25, 2014     David Raths
Small, rural hospitals need to study their patient data trends but often lack the resources to invest in systems and informatics personnel. But with HRSA's help, some critical access hospitals are starting to pool their resources to create analytics platforms.

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