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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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GAO Reports Three Potential Uses for Electronically Readable Medicare Cards

April 27, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) could implement electronically readable cards for beneficiaries and providers for a number of reasons, according to a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

CHIME Board Member Indranil Ganguly: Time for CIOs to Deliver Excellence

April 27, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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During the CHIME CIO Spring Forum, held April 12 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, Indranil (Neal Ganguly), CIO of JFK Health System and a CHIME board member, shared his perspectives on CIOs’ future

CMS Releases Strategic Vision for Physician Quality Reporting Programs

April 24, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its strategic vision for physician quality reporting programs, describing a long-term vision for CMS’ physician quality reporting programs and a future for these programs to strive toward over the...

Report: ACOs Continue to Grow, Now Serve 16 Percent of U.S. Population

April 24, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The number of accountable care organizations (ACOs) continued to rise in the past year, though at a slower pace than in 2013, according to new research from consulting firm Oliver Wyman.

In Tacoma, Harnessing Data for Clinical Performance Improvement

April 24, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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Leaders at the Tacoma, Washington-based MultiCare Health System are harnessing data for clinical performance improvement, across numerous areas of activity

Sen. Alexander, Sec. Burwell Talk Fixing EHRs in Congressional Hearing

April 23, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
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At a Senate hearing this week Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) , Chairman of the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, talked about improving electronic health records (EHRs) with Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Sylvia Mathews...

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Cybersecurity Bill with Data-Sharing Protections

April 23, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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The U.S. House of Representatives on Apr. 22 passed a cybersecurity bill providing legal protections for companies that share cyberthreat information with each other and with the federal government, but Senate passage may be delayed

Another Healthcare Organization Opens an Innovation Center

April 22, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
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Atrius Health, a Newton, Mass.-based nonprofit multispecialty medical group, is the latest organization to open its own innovation center. The nonprofit will invest $10 million in a place that will aim to develop and improve patient-centered care delivery models.

Ed McCallister’s Vision for UPMC: “The Patient Has To Be At the Center”

April 21, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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Ed McCallister, who in October became CIO of the vast UPMC Health System, shares his thoughts on putting patients at the center of all innovation in healthcare—and what that means for today’s CIOs

ONC Updates its Privacy and Security Guide

April 20, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Last week during the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) published a revised version of its “Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information.”

At HIMSS15, the Signs Were Everywhere—and They Were All Pointed Towards the Future

April 18, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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All the signs and signals at HIMSS15 were clear—and promise an exciting, challenging rocket ride for healthcare IT leaders in the next year, before HIMSS16

BREAKING: President Obama Signs SGR Repeal Legislation, Shifting Medicare Physician Payment Incentives

April 17, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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On Apr. 16, President Obama signed into law a bill that repeals the long-problematic SGR formula for Medicare physician reimbursement, and ushers in a new era in value-based physician payment