Could the Aetna-Humana Merger Announcement Be a Game-Changer?

July 3, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
blog
What might the Aetna-Humana merger mean for current population health efforts among health plans and providers—and for the carefully laid strategic healthcare IT plans being designed to facilitate those efforts?

BREAKING NEWS: Aetna Agrees to Acquire Humana for $37 Billion in Cash and Stock

July 3, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
news
On July 3, the Hartford-based Aetna said it had agreed to acquire the Louisville-based Humana for $37 billion in cash and stock, in the largest acquisition in U.S. health insurance industry

Stop the Fight! ICD-10 is Comin’

July 2, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
blog
Another month has come and gone, which means that we’re just a little bit closer to Oct. 1, 2015, the deadline to transition to the ICD-10 coding set. Still, there are many people out there who continue to push back.

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So Long, Farewell, Until We Meet Again…

July 2, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
blog
A few weeks back, I was staring at the train tracks at the Stamford station while waiting for my ride into New York. I couldn’t help but marvel at what we take for granted.

Teladoc Impresses in Wall St. Debut

July 2, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
news
Teladoc, the Dallas-based consumer telehealth company, had an impressive debut on Wall Street with shares trading up 50 percent its initial public offering (IPO).

Is Interoperability Standards Advisory Helpful?

July 2, 2015   |  David Raths
blog
ONC is developing an Interoperability Standards Advisory to provide the industry with a single, public list of the standards and implementation specifications. But questions remain about how the list would work and how much value it would provide.

Texas Gov. Signs Bill for Expanded Health Data Interoperability

July 1, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a bill into law to promote improved and expanded health data interoperability for Texas public health.

Allscripts Purchases Stake in NantHealth

July 1, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
news
Allscripts, the Chicago-based electronic health record (EHR) vendor, announced it is purchasing a 10 percent equity stake in NantHealth, a Culver City, Calif.-based provider of clinical decision technology.

A New Model of Care Coordination in Iowa

July 1, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
article
In Iowa, mental health, primary care, and public health providers are working together to overcome the social determinants that challenge rural-based care coordination. The different sides are finding out what it’s like to “grow up together” in a “care...

HHS Launches Online Tool for Disaster Readiness

July 1, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched an online interactive tool to aid community health agencies and emergency management officials in disaster preparedness.

CMS Makes Changes to ACO Investment Model to Help Rural Providers

June 30, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced two modifications to the design of the accountable care organization (ACO) Investment Model, with the aim to help rural areas and small group practices gain more access to ACO benefits.

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Could the Aetna-Humana Merger Announcement Be a Game-Changer?

July 3, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
What might the Aetna-Humana merger mean for current population health efforts among health plans and providers—and for the carefully laid strategic healthcare IT plans being designed to facilitate those efforts?

Stop the Fight! ICD-10 is Comin’

July 2, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Another month has come and gone, which means that we’re just a little bit closer to Oct. 1, 2015, the deadline to transition to the ICD-10 coding set. Still, there are many people out there who continue to push back.

So Long, Farewell, Until We Meet Again…

July 2, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
A few weeks back, I was staring at the train tracks at the Stamford station while waiting for my ride into New York. I couldn’t help but marvel at what we take for granted.

Is Interoperability Standards Advisory Helpful?

July 2, 2015   |  David Raths
ONC is developing an Interoperability Standards Advisory to provide the industry with a single, public list of the standards and implementation specifications. But questions remain about how the list would work and how much value it would provide.

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