Finance, Revenue Cycle

Medicare ACO Savings, Quality of Care Improve in Year Two, CMS Reports

September 17, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
news
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) in the Pioneer ACO model and Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) have generated more than $372 million in total program savings for Medicare ACOs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced.

Insurers and Provider Organizations Join Healthcare Cost and Quality Transparency Initiative

September 4, 2014     John DeGaspari
news
The Washington-based Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), a not-for-profit organization formed in 2011, has announced that Assurant Health has joined three other health insurance companies—Aetna, Humana and UnitedHealthcare—to collaborate on the development of free...

What Does Sharp HealthCare’s Pioneer Departure Mean?

September 3, 2014     Mark Hagland
blog
What does it mean that Sharp HealthCare has just announced its departure from the Medicare Pioneer accountable care organization (ACO) shared savings program?

Quality and Cost: Healthcare Leaders Learn How to Redefine Value

August 21, 2014     John DeGaspari
article
Is the healthcare industry at a tipping point, where the clinical and financial sides of the industry are beginning to come together to work toward the common goal of value-based care? In a compelling keynote presentation at the Healthcare Financial Management...

Survey: ACOs Have Not Significantly Progressed With Health IT Adoption

August 15, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
news
The health IT infrastructure of accountable care organizations (ACOs) has not significantly developed since 2013, and cost and interoperability remain the biggest barriers, according to a new survey conducted by the eHealth Initiative and the Charlotte, N.C.-...

Hospital M&A Activity Down Slightly in 2014

August 13, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
news
Hospital merger and acquisition activity was down slightly in the first half of 2014, compared with the first half of 2013, according to the latest analysis by Kaufman Hall, an independent management consulting firm.

Practice Management System Vendor Association Forms

August 11, 2014     Gabriel Perna
news
The Healthcare Administrative Technology Association, a new association of practice management system (PMS) vendors and affiliated stakeholders, officially formed this week.

Siemens/Cerner Megadeal Met with Praise, Trepidation by Industry Experts

August 7, 2014     Gabriel Perna
article
Across the healthcare IT industry, analysts and insiders are praising Kansas City, Mo.-based Cerner Corporation for its $1.3 billion acquisition of Siemens’ health IT division, while recognizing that there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the combined...

BREAKING: Cerner to Buy Siemens Health IT Division for $1.3 Billion; EXCLUSIVE: Cerner President Speaks First to HCI

August 5, 2014     Gabriel Perna and Rajiv Leventhal
article
In one of the biggest deals in healthcare IT history, the Kansas City, Mo.-based Cerner Corporation is acquiring Siemens healthcare IT business for $1.3 billion. Cerner's president Zane Burke gives more details in an industry-first interview.

Cost-Saving Effort in Health Care Falls Short of Goals, Study Finds

August 5, 2014     John DeGaspari
news
A pilot program intended to implement and test a cost-saving strategy for orthopedic procedures at hospitals in California failed to meet its goals, succumbing to recruitment challenges, regulatory uncertainty, administrative burden and concerns about financial...

Shifting from Predicting to Forecasting: One Healthcare Expert’s Perspective

August 3, 2014     Mark Hagland
article
Though predicting has been the norm among healthcare industry observers for many decades, one industry expert says it’s time to stop predicting and begin forecasting in earnest.

ACOs Report Need for Better Value-Based Financial Software

July 25, 2014     Gabriel Perna
news
Value-based financial software remains a priority for operational accountable care organizations (ACOs), according to a recent survey.
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