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Achieving Value-Based Payment Success: Implications for IT and the CIO

January 19, 2017  |  Tonya Edwards, M.D., Impact Advisors
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Leading healthcare CIOs discuss the challenges they’re facing—and how to resolve them through innovation—as the scales tip ever closer to value-based payment.

Avoidable Hospitalizations among LTC Residents Drops by 31 Percent

January 19, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A data brief from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has revealed that avoidable hospitalizations among long-term care facility residents has dropped by about 31 percent since 2010.

CMS: 359K Clinicians Participating in Four Alternative Payment Models in 2017

January 18, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that some 359,000 clinicians are confirmed to participate in four of CMS’s Alternative Payment Models (APMs) in 2017.

Rep. Tom Price, HHS Secretary Nominee, Sharply Questioned in Senate HELP Committee Hearing

January 18, 2017  |  Mark Hagland and Rajiv Leventhal
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In a nomination hearing in the Senate HELP Committee on Wednesday, Rep. Tom Price, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, was questioned sharply over questions around ACA repeal and conflict-of-interest issues

Survey: Docs Want to Keep Pace with New Patient Demands, Technology

January 18, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A recent survey of 500 physicians revealed that nearly 9 in 10 respondents ranked “achieving work-life balance” as their most, or second most-important resolution for 2017. Similarly, 69 percent ranked “staying current with technology” as their most, or second...

Survey: 84 Percent of Independent Physicians are Still Uncertain About MACRA Requirements

January 18, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Independent physicians are struggling with the complexities and aggressive timing of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rule finalizing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Quality Payment Program, according to a survey...

CMS Extends Deadline for eCQM Data Submission

January 17, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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CMS is extending the deadline for eligible hospitals in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) and Meaningful Use programs to submit their electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data from 2016.

Washington Debrief: The Who’s Who in Healthcare on Capitol Hill

January 17, 2017  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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The 115th Congress has been sworn-in and there are some new leaders to take note of that will have influence over healthcare on Capitol Hill.

SAMHSA Releases Part 2 Final Rule on Substance Use Data Sharing

January 13, 2017  |  David Raths
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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration's long-awaited final rule updating the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records, 42 Code of Federal Regulations Part 2 (Part 2) will be published Jan. 18 and is available for...

Health Affairs: ACOs with High Numbers of Minority Patients Struggle in Quality

January 12, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Accountable care organizations (ACOs) that have a high proportion of minority patients were associated with low scores on about three-fourths of Medicare quality performance measures, according to new research published in Health Affairs.

Trump Taps David Shulkin, an Obama Appointee, for VA Secretary

January 12, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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President-elect Donald Trump announced yesterday that David Shulkin, M.D.—an Obama administration appointee and current VA undersecretary—will lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Key GOP Senator Vows to Repeal ACA Only Once a Comprehensive Replacement Is in Place

January 11, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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In the most concrete statement made so far by a Republican member of Congress who has jurisdictional responsibility over healthcare policy, Sen. Lamar Alexander told Talking Points Memo on Wednesday of his determination to develop replacement legislation...
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