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Ohio’s Statewide HIE: Success, Strategy, and Services

Mark Hagland
Dan Paoletti, CEO of the Ohio Health Information Partnership, which runs CliniSync, Ohio’s statewide HIE, explains how his organization established the foundation for long-term sustainability—and what will be required in the future

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Washington Debrief: House Approves Bill to Exempt Ambulatory Surgical Centers from MU

March 2, 2015     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
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Last week, the House Committee on Ways and Means approved a bill to exempt patient encounters that take place in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) from counting toward meaningful use requirements. There is currently no requirement that ambulatory surgery...

For Talented CMIOs in the Emerging New Healthcare, the World Really Is their “Oyster”

March 2, 2015     Mark Hagland
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Speaking with Dr. David Levin about the roles and reporting relationships of “2.0 Generation” CMIOs was exciting and possibility-filled

New ICD-10 Survey: Despite Minimal Prep, Providers Are Optimistic

February 27, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
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Only 21 percent of physicians feel they are currently on track with ICD-10 preparation efforts, according to a new survey from the Duluth, Ga.-based healthcare billing and payment solutions vendor Navicure.

When Peggy O’Kane Speaks, Providers Had Better Listen

February 27, 2015     Mark Hagland
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The blog last week on the American Journal of Managed Care’s website by Margaret E. “Peggy” O’Kane, president of NCQA, provided a strong element in a clear roadmap for providers going forward

Minimizing the ICD-10 Impact by Focusing on the Codes That Matter

February 26, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
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As it looks like the transition to ICD-10 is going to finally happen his year, providers may think that they will have to master 155,000 codes. But not so fast—one consulting firm as developed a shortcut to lessen to burden in the short term.

New Website Reveals Healthcare Costs

February 26, 2015     Gabriel Perna
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The Health Care Cost Institute, a non-profit organization based in Washington D.C., launched a consumer-focused website that lists pricing information for common health conditions and services using claims data from multiple payers.

CMS: First Week of ICD-10 Testing a Success

February 25, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
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Of the approximately 1,500 test claims received by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) during ICD-10 testing week, 81 percent were accepted, CMS announced.

Informatics Expert on Interoperability: “We’re in the Dark Ages”

February 24, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
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Compared to other sectors, healthcare interoperability is certainly immature. One informatics expert and professor of clinical radiology says that the industry only has itself to blame.

What Stephen Nuckolls Knows About Accountable Care—and Why It Really Matters

February 23, 2015     Mark Hagland
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Stephen Nuckolls and his colleagues at Coastal Carolina Health Care know that they can make accountable care work—and do it outside the markets already best known for risk-based innovation

Forging Ahead on MSSP Progress in Small-Town North Carolina: Coastal Carolina’s ACO Experience

February 21, 2015     Mark Hagland
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Stephen Nuckolls and his colleagues at Coastal Carolina are proving that the ACO model of care can work in eastern North Carolina

Steering the Healthcare Ship: A Call to the Logical, Not the Loud

February 20, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
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Last week at the iHT2 Health IT Summit in Miami, Fla., one CMIO compared the shifting healthcare landscape to a massive ship that needs a major push to be steered in another direction.

Study: IT Pros Lack Expertise to Handle Federal Mandates

February 19, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
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Three out of five healthcare IT professionals believe that government mandates are having a negative effect on their industry, according to study from Peak 10, a Charlotte, N.C.-based national IT infrastructure and cloud services provider.