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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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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

What Do CMS’s ACO Programs’ Results Really Mean? One Industry Observer’s View

September 20, 2014     Mark Hagland
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On Sept. 17, CMS announced results coming out of the Pioneer ACO Program and Medicare Shared Savings Program. The Advisory Board Company’s Tom Cassels has nuanced views on what those results really mean.

Stage 2 Attestations: St. Anthony’s Medical Center Stands Tall on the MU Mountain

September 18, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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In Part 1 of a two-part series profiling healthcare organizations that have attested to Stage 2 of meaningful use, St. Anthony’s Medical Center’s CIO explains how it was able to overcome two of the toughest Stage 2 requirements.

RECs Support More Than 100k Providers to Demonstrate Meaningful Use

September 18, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Regional extension centers (RECs) — created to assist providers in electronic health record (EHR) implementation and health IT needs— now support more than 100,000 providers to demonstrate Stage 1 of meaningful use, according to the Office of the National...

CHIME’s Branzell: “A Good Chance” That MU-Related Bill Might Pass

September 17, 2014     Mark Hagland
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In an interview with Healthcare Informatics, CHIME president and CEO Russell P. Branzell expressed hope that a bill introduced on Sep. 17 in the U.S. House of Representatives might change the timeframes around Stage 2 meaningful use reporting

Medicare ACO Savings, Quality of Care Improve in Year Two, CMS Reports

September 17, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Accountable care organizations (ACOs) in the Pioneer ACO model and Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) have generated more than $372 million in total program savings for Medicare ACOs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced.

Majority of U.S. Physicians are Over-Extended or at Full Capacity: Survey

September 16, 2014     John DeGaspari
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U.S. patients are likely to face growing challenges in access to care if shifting patterns in medical practice configurations and physician workforce trends continue. This is one of the key findings of a survey of 20,000 physicians that was commissioned by The...

Texas Health Resources COO Talks Innovation, Strategy—and Faith

September 16, 2014     Mark Hagland
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Jeffrey Canose, M.D., who in early September was named senior executive vice president and COO of the vast Texas Health Resources integrated health system, shares his perspectives on his organization’s assertive push into the future of healthcare

CHIME and 16 Other Healthcare IT Associations Call for “Immediate Action” to Amend 2015 EHR Reporting Period

September 16, 2014     Mark Hagland
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In a letter to HSS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, CHIME, AMDIS, and 15 other healthcare associations and organizations asked for an immediate adjustment to the 2015 EHR reporting period embodied in the current meaningful use requirements

Two Large Health Systems in Chicago Metro Area to Combine to Become Area’s Largest

September 13, 2014     Mark Hagland
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Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University Health System announce a merger that will bring together two large, integrated health systems in Chicago into what will be the largest integrated health system in Illinois