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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 skillfully 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
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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.

BREAKING: Medicare ACOs Saved $466M in 2015, but Nearly Half Failed to Generate Any Savings

August 25, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Although more than 400 Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs) generated more than $466 million in total program savings in 2015, nearly seven in 10 of those ACO organizations did not generate enough savings to receive bonuses, according to an Aug. 25...

Size Matters

August 15, 2016  |  Pete Rivera
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When you look across the various practice management vendors, they tend to be ambiguous as to what size physician groups they cater to. The reason is they don’t want to turn down large sales, on the other hand no software vendor wants to talk about response...

The Hidden Secrets about Software Implementation Costs

August 11, 2016  |  Pete Rivera
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From a budgeting perspective there are various factors that have to be considered in order to properly plan all your expenses. The actual cost of the software being just a small component.

MGMA: IT Costs for Healthcare Organizations Continue to Rise

August 10, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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According to new data from the Englewood, Col.-based Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), physician-owned multispecialty practices spent more than $32,500 per full-time physician on information technology equipment, staff, maintenance, and other related...

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