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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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Survey: Usual Suspects Dominating EHR Vendor Market for Larger Practices

May 21, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
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A select few companies are dominating the large practice electronic health record (EHR) vendor market, according to a recent survey of clinicians.

Amid Mixed Reactions, 21st Century Cures Act Passes Committee Unanimously

May 21, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
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The 21st Century Cures Act, which would overhaul how innovative medical technologies are regulated by the federal government, made its first step towards legality today when it was unanimously passed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

At iHT2-Boston, HealthInfoNet’s Dev Culver Offers a Success Story Around Predictive Analytics for Population Health

May 21, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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Innovation is proceeding apace in Maine, where HealthInfoNet, Maine’s statewide HIE, is now leveraging predictive analytics to support care management for its stakeholder provider organizations

Starting Young: Ohio-Based Pediatric ACO Shows Promise in Population Health

May 20, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
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Partners for Kids, a physician hospital organization that manages care for at-risk children in Ohio, originally began as a contracting strategy. It’s since evolved into something that may be looked at as a model for future pediatric care endeavors.

Halamka on Legislative Proposals: ‘Flawed, Dangerous, Harmful’

May 20, 2015   |  David Raths
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John Halamka, M.D., vice chair of the Health IT Standards Committee (HITSC), and CIO of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, led off the May 20 HITSC meeting with some biting comments about some bills currently in Congress, including the 21st...

Live from iHT2-Boston: Care Management In the Trenches: One MD Leader Shares a Success Story

May 19, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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In his keynote address at the Health IT Summit in Boston, David Ramirez, M.D. of the CareMore healthcare delivery system shared with his audience some of the secrets so far of his organization’s care management work

AMA Backs Bill to Prohibit ICD-10

May 19, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The American Medical Association (AMA) is supporting the Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2015, H.R. 2126, a proposed bill that would prohibit the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from replacing ICD-9 with ICD-10.

Study: Even PCMH-Recognized Practices Fall Short on Stage 3 Care Coordination Requirements

May 18, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
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Even among the top health IT-enabled primary care practices, a large amount of physicians are still doing care coordination the old fashioned way.

What Will CIOs Most Need for the Journey Ahead? Halamka and Branzell Urge CIOs To Be “Revolutionaries”

May 18, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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In opening addresses to the CHIME LEAD Forum Boston, John Halamka, M.D. and Russ Branzell urge their CIO colleagues to get the big picture and move forcefully and consistently towards it

Advisory Board Exec: ICD-10 Isn’t Getting Credit it Deserves

May 18, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Teaser: Twice in recent weeks, legislation regarding the transition to the ICD-10 coding set has been introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives. Executives from The Advisory Board Company adamantly disagree with those bills, and think it’s time for “...

What Federally Qualified Health Centers Can Teach their Provider Peers About Data and Population Health

May 17, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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As she prepares to participate in a panel at the Health IT Summit in Washington, DC, HRSA’s Suma Nair discusses the progress being made nationwide among federally qualified health centers in leveraging data and IT for population health

An Exclusive Interview with Robert Wachter, Author of Digital Doctor (Part 2 of 2)

May 15, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
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Part two of HCI's interview with Robert Wachter, M.D., author of Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine's Computer Age. He talks alert fatigue, Epic vs. athenahealth, and meaningful use.