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Imaging Informatics: The Keys to Launching Vendor-Neutral Data

As healthcare organizations see their troves of imaging data grow exponentially, many are concerned about how to leverage that data to their best advantage. The restructuring of processes and image metadata practices are a must as healthcare providers redefine their enterprise imaging informatics strategy—however, understanding the importance of having access to vendor-neutral data is the key to getting the most out of imaging data sets. Mark Watts, Associate Vice President of Enterprise Imaging at Novarad and a top 25 innovator in health imaging and IT, talks with Healthcare Informatics about the power of imaging informatics, the challenge of having truly vendor-neutral data, and why the right IT partnerships are crucial to thriving in a value-based care world.

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The Healthcare Informatics 100 Product Breakouts: Financial Information Systems

June 22, 2016  |  the Editors of Healthcare Informatics
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As a supplement to the Healthcare Informatics 100, Healthcare Informatics will be revealing its top 5 companies—based on percentage of total health IT revenue—within seven different product categories. First up is Financial Information Systems.

McKesson Considers Merging IT Unit with Change Healthcare, Media Report Says

June 22, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Health information technology (IT) vendor McKesson has held talks about merging its IT unit with healthcare technology company Change Healthcare, according to a Reuters article.

Ships Sailing? Trains Leaving Stations? Whatever Metaphor One Chooses, the New Healthcare Has Definitively Launched

June 21, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Whether one imagines ships sailing or trains leaving stations, one thing is clear: the new healthcare, with all of its data, process, and leadership challenges, seems to be at an inflection point around value-based care delivery and payment

Using Data Analytics to Improve Clinical Performance and Its Reimbursement Outcomes: One Hospital’s Experience

June 20, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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At Butler Health System in Pennsylvania, A. Thomas McGill, M.D., the hospital’s vice president of quality and safety and CIO, is leading an ongoing initiative to leverage data analytics to improve clinical performance—and its resulting reimbursement outcomes

CMS’s New Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Program: Another Signal to Healthcare IT Leaders to Step It Up

June 16, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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A recent analysis of CMS’s new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus initiative reinforces the reality that we’ve reached a tipping point on value-based reimbursement in healthcare—and that healthcare IT leaders need to help physicians succeed in the new healthcare

Mastering the Complexities of MSSP ACO Payment at Janesville, Wisconsin’s Mercy Health System

June 14, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Ladd Udy of the Janesville, Wisconsin-based Mercy Health System, shares learnings so far in his health system’s work to investigate sub-optimal physician coding under the Medicare Shared Savings Program’s payment system

How Florida’s Health First Has Leveraged Real-Time Data to Improve Hospital Operations

June 14, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In Florida, Health First has been able to leverage minute-by-minute census data to forecast and anticipate capacity issues before they occur.

Black Book: Small Physician Practices Foresee End of Their Independence Due to MACRA

June 13, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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According to a Black Book survey of 1,300 physician groups of five or fewer clinicians, more than two-thirds (67 percent) of high Medicare-volume doctors foresee the end of their independence due to the physician payment changes that will take place under MACRA

Health Catalyst: Hospitals Progressing Sluggishly toward HHS’ Value-Based Reimbursement Goals

June 9, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Fewer than a quarter of U.S. hospitals are on track to hit the Obama Administration’s 2018 goal of providing at least half their patient care through value-based arrangements, according to new research from Salt Lake City, Utah-based analytics vendor Health...

CMS Issues Final Rule on MSSP ACOs

June 7, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule on Monday June 6 that aims to improve how Medicare pays accountable care organizations (ACOs) in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) for delivering better patient care.

Lessons Learned from the Mississippi Delta, Tackling Chronic Disease Through Remote Monitoring Technology

June 6, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Following a successful remote patient monitoring pilot project for diabetes patients in rural Mississippi, the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) is now focused on improving care management for chronically ill patients across the Southeast.

As the Sands in the Hourglass Begin to Trickle Down, It’s Time for Healthcare IT Leaders to Help MDs Prepare for MIPS and APMs

June 4, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Recent analyses of this spring’s CMS Proposed Rule on MIPS offer healthcare IT leaders a heady preview of what’s ahead for practicing physicians under MIPS—and why IT leaders will be called on to help them facilitate their future success

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