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ONC Prioritizes 21st Century Cures At HIMSS17 Town Hall, but Waiting on Political Leadership for Next Steps

February 21, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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At the Office for National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) Town Hall on the official opening day of HIMSS17, the federal agency revealed its highest priorities, with the recently passed 21st Century Cures Act topping the list.

At HIMSS17, Marc Probst Again Urges for End of Meaningful Use

February 21, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In an exclusive interview with Healthcare Informatics, Intermountain CIO Marc Probst discusses the health IT industry's most pressing issues, and says that federal officials should do away with Meaningful Use.

LIVE FROM HIMSS17: ONC CMIO Andrew Gettinger, M.D. on Listening to the MD Community Going Forward

February 20, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Andrew Gettinger, M.D., ONC's CMIO, shared his perspectives on some of the regulatory burdens facing physicians around quality measurement—and what approaches federal healthcare officials might take to address those burdens

Live From HIMSS17: Former CMS Administrators Slavitt, McClellan on the Future of Value-Based Care Reform Efforts

February 20, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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During a fireside chat session at HIMSS17 Monday afternoon, former CMS Administrators Andy Slavitt and Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., shared their perspectives on the path ahead for healthcare reform and health policy, and the health IT industry’s role in moving...

Live from HIMSS17: Dan Rather Dives Into "Unprecedented" Presidential Administration, Opines on Trump-Press Feud

February 20, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In a fireside chat at HIMSS17, journalism luminary Dan Rather discussed key leadership qualities and gave his thoughts on the current relationship between the national media and the Trump administration.

CHIME’s Savickis: Providers Need to Respond to CMS’s Call for Submissions around MIPS “Improvement Activities”

February 20, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Mari Savickis, vice president, federal affairs, at CHIME, spoke exclusively with HCI on Monday, during the CHIME-HIMSS Forum in Orlando, on an opportunity for providers to help shape a specific element of the federal MIPS program

LIVE from HIMSS17: How Louisiana Healthcare Leaders Collaborated to Reduce ED Over-Utilization

February 19, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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A major collaboration between and among the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana, and physicians and hospitals in that state, has yielded significant results in reducing unnecessary ED utilization statewide

LIVE from HIMSS17: Healthcare Organizations Should “Swim to Risk” When Moving into APMs

February 19, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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During a pre-conference session at HIMSS17 on Sunday, industry stakeholders representing three distinct segments—a health system, a physician provider group and a solo practitioner physician group—shared their insights about risk-sharing in a value-based world

Federal Government Affirms $100M in Funding to Help Small Practices with Quality Payment Program

February 17, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has affirmed the awarding of approximately $20 million to 11 organizations for the first year of a five-year program to provide on-the-ground training and education about the Quality Payment Program.

Partnership in North Carolina Aims to Provide Hospitals Advanced Readmissions Data

February 17, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The North Carolina Hospital Association (NCHA), based in Cary, N.C., announced a partnership with Forecast Health, a Durham-based data analytics company, to provide hospitals in the state with predictive data about their readmissions rates and whether they are at...

Seema Verma, CMS Administrator Nominee, Discusses MACRA, M.D. Burden in First Senate Hearing

February 16, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Seema Verma, President Donald Trump’s choice to run CMS, emphasized access to healthcare coverage, patient-centered care, and moving important healthcare decisions away from the government in her first Senate hearing for her nomination, held on Feb. 16.

Medicare Actuaries: U.S. Healthcare Spending Will Rise to $5.548 Trillion and 19.9 Percent of GDP in 2025

February 15, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Under current law, national health expenditures are projected to grow at an average annual rate of 5.6 percent over the next decade and increase to 19.9 percent of gross domestic product by 2025, according to a study authored by Medicare actuaries.
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