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Provider Associations Laud Bipartisan, ACO-Focused Legislation

September 22, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Four major healthcare professional associations on Thursday publicly expressed support for legislation aimed at modifying the Medicare Shared Savings Program for ACOs in order to ease providers’ concerns

Dr. Mostashari Gives “Report from the Field” Inside Look on Aledade ACOs

September 21, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Farzad Mostashari, M.D., founder of Aledade, a company focused on physician-led accountable care organizations (ACOs), co-published a report this week looking at the highs and lows of Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACOs in light of recent performance...

In the World of Hospital Readmission Rates, There is More than One Story to Tell

September 15, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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CMS revealed data earlier this week pointing to a nationwide reduction in avoidable hospital readmissions. But is there more to the story?

Ambulatory Clinic HIE Activity Declines, Minnesota Survey Finds

September 14, 2016  |  David Raths
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Despite all the successes when it comes to EHR adoption, e-prescribing, and clinical decision support, a Minnesota survey found HIE activity actually declining. What are the implications?

Diving Into the Deep End of the Pool: A Look at Physician Groups and Risk

September 14, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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As large medical groups from across the U.S. plunge into risk-based contracting, their leaders are finding that success depends on a combination of strategic prowess and the ability to skilfully leverage data analytics and information systems

Scottsdale Health Partners’ CMO Explains How His ACO Has Beaten MSSP Expectations

September 11, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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James Whitfill, M.D., chief medical officer at Scottsdale Health Partners in Phoenix (now Innovation Care Partners) shares the innovations that he and his colleagues have employed to earn MSSP Program checks two years in a row

Medicare ACOs in the Trenches: How to Survive in Healthcare’s Changing World (Part 2)

September 9, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In the second part of a two-part series, Healthcare Informatics takes a look at certain Medicare ACOs that are thriving in a care delivery space that has proved difficult for many.

With CMS’s MACRA Announcement, the High-Speed Train Has Already Left the Station for Practicing MDs

September 9, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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The announcement by CMS on Thursday that the agency would not delay the start of the MACRA program and its new requirements, has put Medicare-participating physicians on notice that the policy and reimbursement train has officially left the station

How One Health Plan in Minnesota is Looking to Pass the MACRA Test

September 1, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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For payers like the Minnetonka, Minn.-headquartered Medica, working hand-in-hand with providers will be one of the biggest keys to making a successful MACRA transition.

How Medicare ACOs Fared Financially in 2015: A Visual Analysis

August 30, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Healthcare Informatics has put together a series of visuals that we think will help readers better conceptualize how ACOs performed financially in 2015.

Shouldn’t CMS Officials Be More Straightforward About ACOs’ Level of Progress? Sorting through the Jumble of Numbers for Clarity

August 27, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
blog
CMS’s August 25 release of the latest numbers on the progress of ACOs in the MSSP and Pioneer ACO programs was clouded by the framing and presentation coming from the agency itself. Couldn’t CMS officials have been more transparent and straightforward about all...

Global Healthcare IT Solutions Market Worth $228 Billion by 2020, Report Says

August 26, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The global healthcare IT solutions market will be worth $228.79 billion by 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 13.4 percent, according to a forecast by India-based market research firm MarketsandMarkets.

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