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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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BREAKING: Karen DeSalvo Steps Away from ONC, Tapped by Burwell to Lead Ebola Response Team

October 23, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Karen DeSalvo, M.D., the National National Coordinator for Health IT, is leaving the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to serve as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health as part of the Ebola response team.

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

October 23, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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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.

Improving the Health of Communities in Haiti

October 23, 2014     Mark Hagland
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A healthcare IT vendor-sponsored non-profit organization is helping to facilitate improved, health record-facilitated healthcare delivery in rural Haiti

HHS Announces $840 Million Initiative for Value-Based Medical Reform

October 23, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced the agency is making a $840 million investment into value-based coordinated care initiatives in an effort to further healthcare reform.

Avalere Exec to Lead Health Data Consortium

October 23, 2014     David Raths
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The Health Data Consortium (HDC) has named Christopher Boone, Ph.D., its new executive director, replacing Dwayne Spradlin, who had led the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization since February 2013. Before taking the position with HDC, Boone was a vice...

Is the Drive to Coordinated Care Coming at a Price for Patients?

October 22, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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A recent study in JAMA from researchers at the University of California at Berkeley found that the trend of hospitals and health systems consolidating medical groups and physician practices is increasing costs for the patients. And here I thought bundling...

In Manhattan, One Radiology Group Pushes Ahead on Meaningful Use

October 22, 2014     Mark Hagland
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As the meaningful use process evolves forward, many radiology group leaders continue to face questions around MU in the radiological context. But East River Medical Imaging in Manhattan is pushing ahead anyway.

Striving Forward, Atrius Health Focuses on ACO-Driven Learning

October 20, 2014     Mark Hagland
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At Atrius Health, a non-profit alliance of six community-based medical groups in Massachusetts, mastering the ins and outs of the Pioneer ACO Program is part of a long-term strategic plan

Washington Debrief: ONC Receives Praise and Criticism for Interoperability Roadmap

October 20, 2014     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) introduced a new set of details regarding their interoperability roadmap last week, garnering both praise and criticism during a joint meeting of the Health IT Policy and Health IT Standards committees...

Amid a Building Crisis, Could Clinical Decision Support Tools Make a Difference in Managing the Ebola Outbreak?

October 17, 2014     Mark Hagland
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As developments move forward rapidly in the growing Ebola crisis in the U.S., could the leveraging of strong clinical decision support tools make a difference in patient care organizations?

Federal HIT Committees OK Public API Recommendations to ONC

October 15, 2014     David Raths
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An Oct. 15 joint Health IT Policy/Standards Committee meeting approved a set of task force recommendations that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services focus effort on a public API (application...

CMS Launches New ACO Model Targeting Underserved Areas

October 15, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a new ACO initiative that is designed to encourage new ACOs to form in rural and underserved areas, and current Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs to transition to arrangements with greater...