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Regarding Readmissions, One Healthcare Leader Says Hospitals Are Missing the Obvious

Rajiv Leventhal
In an effort to reduce avoidable readmissions, many patient care organizations have been implementing post-discharge planning programs. But according to one healthcare expert, this approach is only part of the solution.

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Study: ACOs Improve the Patient Experience

October 30, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Accountable care organizations (ACO) have come under the white hot of light of scrutiny as of late but a recent study indicates they are improving patient satisfaction.

Live from the CHIME Fall Forum: CEO Glenn Steele, M.D. on Transformational Change: What Geisinger Has Achieved Is Replicable

October 30, 2014     Mark Hagland
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Glenn Steele, Jr., M.R., Ph.D., president and CEO of the Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System, offered CHIME Fall Forum attendees a prescription for transformational change in healthcare

Live from the CHIME Fall Forum: Intermountain’s Probst Says It's Time to Declare MU Victory and Move On

October 29, 2014     Mark Hagland
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At the CHIME Fall Forum, being held in San Antonio, Marc Probst, vice president and CIO at Intermountain Healthcare, shares his perspectives on the meaningful use process, and the recent departures at ONC

Live from the CHIME Fall Forum: Board Chair-Elect Chuck Christian on the Meaningful Use Journey

October 29, 2014     Mark Hagland
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Chuck Christian, CIO at St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, Georgia, and board chair-elect of CHIME, discusses meaningful use—his own organization’s journey, and that of the industry as a whole

Join Us: Healthcare Informatics and Advisory Board to Host Accountable Care Twitter Chat

October 29, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Accountable care organizations will be the subject and the Advisory Board’s Carrie Kozlowski will be the co-host of the second tweet chat from Healthcare Informatics. The Tweet chat will take place on November 20 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm EST.

ONC: DeSalvo Will Maintain Leadership at Agency, Focus on Ebola

October 29, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Despite stepping away from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to be part of the Ebola response team, Karen DeSalvo, M.D. will maintain her leadership at the agency, according to an ONC blog post on Tuesday afternoon.

UPMC CMIO Dan Martich, M.D. on Hospital Obsolescence and Other Hot-Button Thoughts

October 28, 2014     Mark Hagland
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G. Daniel Martich, M.D. CMIO and associate CMO of the UPMC Health System, offers his perspectives on the transformation of U.S. healthcare that he believes is set to become turbocharged

MGMA Research: Medicare Physician Quality Reporting Programs Detract From Patient Care

October 27, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Although physician group practices are actively engaged in internal processes to improve clinical quality for their patients, they are heavily critical of Medicare’s physician quality reporting programs and their impact on patients and practices, according to new...

Physician Consultant: Value-Based Care Will Reach a Tipping Point

October 27, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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In the latest Healthcare Informatics podcast, Tonya Edwards, M.D., physician advisor at Impact Advisors, shares her thoughts on the early population health management initiatives with Senior Editor, Gabriel Perna. Dr. Edwards explains why the best is yet to...

DeSalvo, Reider Departures Concern Association

October 27, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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In a statement, Robert M. Wah, M.D., the President of the American Medical Association (AMA) expressed concern over the recent departures of the top two people at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

AMA Urges CMS to Better Align MU, Other Federal Programs

October 27, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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The American Medical Association (AMA) has sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) urging the agency to align federal regulations such as the meaningful use program, the physician quality reporting system (PQRS), and the value-based...

Financial Performance Analysis: One Health System’s Journey So Far

October 26, 2014     Mark Hagland
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At CentraCare Health in Minnesota, CFO Greg Klugherz is helping to lead an organization-wide initiative to understand and improve financial performance across all areas of activity—with the help of sophisticated new tools