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CMS’s Slavitt and ONC’s DeSalvo Offer Clarity on Federal Healthcare IT Policy

Mark Hagland
In prepared remarks and responses to proffered questions at the final keynote session at HIMSS15 in Chicago, Andy Slavitt of CMS and Karen DeSalvo, M.D., of ONC, made starkly clear what they expect of providers going forward—as well as of their own federal agencies

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EHR Optimization and Clinical Transformation Push Ahead at CHI Franciscan Health

August 30, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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Dean Field, M.D., vice president for informatics and operations at CHI Franciscan Health in Tacoma, Washington, is helping to lead important initiatives in EHR optimization and clinical IT-facilitated care delivery transformation

Premier’s Damore: With the Right Help, ACOs Are Moving in the Right Direction

August 28, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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As new Medicare Pioneer ACO and MSSP program results are released, Premier, Inc.’s Joe Damone shares insights on Premier ACO Collaborative members’ progress across several areas of endeavor

Glass Half-Empty, Half-Full, or Opaque? CMS Spins the New ACO Numbers

August 26, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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With the release of the latest results coming out of the MSSP and Pioneer ACO Programs, CMS officials choose unnecessarily to spin the numbers—when in fact, being frank about the challenges would have been better for everyone

Medicare ACOs Produce $411M in Savings in 2014, Many Fall Short of Bonuses

August 26, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In total, 353 Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs) generated more than $411 million in net savings in 2014, although many of those ACO organizations did not generate enough savings to receive bonuses, according to an Aug. 25 announcement from CMS.

White House Asks for Stakeholder Help with Precision Medicine Initiative

August 25, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The White House wants to hear from healthcare stakeholders about new activities that support the Administration’s precision medicine goals it laid out earlier this summer.

Texas Health Resources’ New CIO Optimistic on the Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

August 25, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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Joey Sudomir, who began his tenure as the new CIO of 25-hospital Texas Health Resources health system last month, is bullishly optimistic on the organization’s future strategic IT horizons

Washington Debrief: Five Weeks until ICD-10, CMS Announces National Call

August 24, 2015   |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
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The Medicare Learning Network is hosting a national call for medical, billing and administrative staff on August 27 to offer final advice for the transition to ICD-10 coding.

Readmissions Penalties Get Very, Very Real

August 23, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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As the mandatory readmissions reduction program under Medicare expands and ramps up, hospital leaders need to ramp up with it—or face dire consequences

Can Healthcare IT Leaders Beat the Expectations Game with Good Governance?

August 21, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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Good governance, industry leaders participating in a panel at iHT2-Seattle agreed, naturally emerges out of strategic vision-driven clarity in every organization

AHA Releases ICD-10 “Homestretch” Checklist

August 20, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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With just over a month to go until the ICD-10 implementation deadline, the American Hospital Association (AHA) has released a checklist for provider organizations.

Is a New Era of Patient Engagement Upon Us?

August 19, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Inspired by the HIMSS Analytics model to track EMR adoption, a new patient engagement model has been created with the aim to spur activity towards a patient-centered healthcare

The Thorniest Barriers to Robust Data Analytics? Panelists Uncover a Tangle of Them

August 19, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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Panelists at iHT2-Seattle tackle a complex set of thorny issues that must be addressed in order to overcome barriers to robust data analytics for clinical transformation and quality and efficiency improvement in U.S. healthcare