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At Steward Health, All Eyes are on the Population Health Prize

Mark Hagland
Dominique Morgan-Solomon and her colleagues at Steward Health Care System are aggressively pursuing population health and analytics strategies, within and beyond their Pioneer ACO participation

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New Legislation Introduced into Congress to Enhance Primary Care Physician Supply

October 2, 2014     Mark Hagland
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On Sep. 16, Rep. John P. Sarbanes (D-Maryland) introduced a bill into the U.S. Congress that will help encourage recently retired primary care physicians to rejoin the medical workplace, in order to provide increased access to healthcare services for newly...

EDITOR'S NOTES: Of Easter Island, Australian Forests, and ACOs

September 30, 2014     Mark Hagland
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What happens when societies fail to heed warning signs? Jared Diamond's brilliant "Collapse" provides food for thought

Lawmakers Introduce ACO Reform

September 29, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Representatives Diane Black (R-TN) and Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced bipartisan legislation last week that would aim to improve the accountable care organization (ACO) program.

Evolution and Revolution: What Medical Group Leaders Are Learning through their Federal ACO Participation

September 29, 2014     Mark Hagland
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Will the current period have been a turning point for medical groups participating in the two federal ACO programs? Medical group leaders share their perspectives

Death of the Desktop

September 29, 2014     Pete Rivera
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When we get home, the last thing we want to do is sit down in front of a computer. The whole “keyboard/mouse” thing seems like we are at work or away from the rest of the family.

Seeing the Potential in Physician-Led ACOs, Dr. Mostashari Makes a Shift

September 26, 2014     Mark Hagland
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Farzad Mostashari, M.D., the former National Coordinator for Health IT, after a brief stopoff at the Brookings Institution, launches a new company to facilitate physician-governed ACOs—and shares his perspectives on physician development of accountable care...

BREAKING NEWS: Medicare’s Pioneer ACO Program Loses Three More Participants

September 25, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal and Mark Hagland
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Three more accountable care organizations (ACOs) have dropped out of Medicare's Pioneer ACO program, dropping the total to 19, down from the program’s original 32, according to industry news reports and verified sources.

Survey: Interoperability, Cost Continue to Hold Back ACOs

September 25, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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A recent survey of 62 ACO participants revealed that 100 percent of respondents have trouble gaining access to data outside of their organizations. On a press call, health IT executives dug deeper into the survey’s findings.

Survey Shows Lack of ICD-10 Progress from Providers

September 25, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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While vendors and health plans continue to make progress in their readiness for the switch to the ICD-10 coding system, providers continue to advance slowly, according to a new survey from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI).

Washington Debrief: CMS’s MU Registration and Attestation Website Won’t Accommodate Attestations until “Mid-October.”

September 22, 2014     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
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Media outlets reported last week that CMS’s Meaningful Use Registration and Attestation website would not accommodate attestations until “mid-October.” The website must be reconfigured to accept changes made to Meaningful Use in 2014, CMS officials noted.

A Glass Half-Empty Or a Glass Half-Full? Parsing the ACO Evidence in Real-Time

September 21, 2014     Mark Hagland
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Is there a proper place on the spectrum between cynicism and optimism at which to rest, when it comes to assessing last week’s publication by CMS of ACO program results?

Achieving Statewide Connectivity and Interoperability Down Under: New South Wales’s Experience So Far

September 20, 2014     Mark Hagland
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New South Wales, the most populous state in Australia, is in the middle of groundbreaking work that is making EHR data and diagnostic images available at an unprecedented level of access and seamlessness, on behalf of that state’s people