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Mark Hagland


Mark Hagland


Mark Hagland became Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare Informatics in January 2010. Prior to that, he...

The MACRA Final Rule: More Options for MDs, More To-Do’s for IT Leaders

October 18, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Initial responses to the release of the MACRA final rule have mostly been positive—and in any case point to more to-do’s on the to-do lists of healthcare IT leaders

Does CMS Need to Dramatically Rethink Readmissions Reduction?

October 17, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Two new studies published in Health Affairs raise questions about some of the policy assumptions underlying the Medicare program’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program

Can Medicare ACOs Learn from Commercial ACOs?

October 13, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
It was fascinating to read a new analysis from Commonwealth Fund researchers that looked at differences between commercial and government-sponsored ACOs in terms of making progress in key areas around accountable care development

Will “Telehealth” Soon Become, Simply, “Health?”

October 2, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
A discussion at the Health IT Summit-New York probed some truly exciting potentialities around policy, payment, clinical, and technological changes that could transform U.S. healthcare delivery

Editor's Notes: Is the "Genius In All of Us" Smart Enough to Propel MDs into the New Healthcare?

September 24, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
I've been absorbed in a book about the "dynamic environment"--the interplay between genetically inherited traits and learned experience. And it's made me think about physicians and the new healthcare.

Researchers’ Look at HIT Development: Are their Perceptions of Co-Development Up to Date?

September 13, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
I read with interest an op-ed article in The New England Journal of Medicine entitled “Accelerating Innovation in Health IT." In critiquing provider-based solutions development, did Dr. David Bates and his fellow researchers get it right?

With CMS’s MACRA Announcement, the High-Speed Train Has Already Left the Station for Practicing MDs

September 9, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
The announcement by CMS on Thursday that the agency would not delay the start of the MACRA program and its new requirements, has put Medicare-participating physicians on notice that the policy and reimbursement train has officially left the station

It Is Time to Drastically Rethink Password Management in Healthcare? Some Might Say So

September 6, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
It was intriguing to read an op-ed article in InfoWorld this summer, in which its author suggested that business organization leaders rethink their password management policies and practices. How might such suggestions play out in the unique operating environment of patient care organizations?

Shouldn’t CMS Officials Be More Straightforward About ACOs’ Level of Progress? Sorting through the Jumble of Numbers for Clarity

August 27, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
CMS’s August 25 release of the latest numbers on the progress of ACOs in the MSSP and Pioneer ACO programs was clouded by the framing and presentation coming from the agency itself. Couldn’t CMS officials have been more transparent and straightforward about all of this?

A Strong Message from Two HIT Leaders on Leadership and Strategy and What Lies Ahead

August 21, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Two presenters at the Health IT Summit in Seattle last week, coming at the subject from different vantage points, ended up reinforcing the same exceptionally important points about healthcare strategy and leadership in the current operating environment