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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?

EHRs’ Evolution: Are They Advancing Too Slowly?

August 24, 2016     Rajiv Leventhal
Last week, a commentary from physicians in JAMA about their dissatisfaction with electronic health records got me thinking about the different stages of technology’s growth.

CoxHealth CMIO Louis Krenn Talks SMART on FHIR

August 24, 2016     David Raths
CoxHealth CMIO Louis Krenn, M.D., believes the “app store” model for modular improvements to EHRs is very promising. “Everybody has a smartphone in their pocket and everyone understands apps and add-ons."

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

The Little Things That Matter

August 15, 2016    
The five things not thought about in the interview process that could lose the job.

Size Matters

August 15, 2016     Pete Rivera
When you look across the various practice management vendors, they tend to be ambiguous as to what size physician groups they cater to. The reason is they don’t want to turn down large sales, on the other hand no software vendor wants to talk about response issues with larger clients.

Pondering the DeSalvo Era at ONC—And the Healthcare IT Policy Challenges That Lie Ahead: An Analysis

August 12, 2016     Mark Hagland
As Karen DeSalvo, M.D. leaves the ONC, a kaleidoscopic array of policy and process issues faces her successor and the agency itself, at a time of tremendous change and challenge for healthcare IT and healthcare IT policy

The Hidden Secrets about Software Implementation Costs

August 11, 2016     Pete Rivera
From a budgeting perspective there are various factors that have to be considered in order to properly plan all your expenses. The actual cost of the software being just a small component.

Big Data: Only as Good as Analytics Capability

August 11, 2016     Joe Marion
Big Data is a current topic. Success will depend on data validity and analytics tools for access.

Are Data Security Measures Getting in the Way of Efficient Workflow? Healthcare Providers in the Trenches Share their Stories

August 9, 2016     Heather Landi
While high-level discussions about data security strategies are important at every healthcare delivery organization, it’s critical to keep in mind how security measures are impacting the physicians who work in the trenches every day to provide patient care.

Should Hospital Leaders See CMS’s Readmissions Penalties as an Operational Emergency Now?

August 6, 2016     Mark Hagland
The future of value-based payment is absolutely here right now, insofar as incentive-driven federal healthcare reimbursement is concerned

Can EHR Data Identify Patients Who May Be Falling Through the Cracks of Your Healthcare System?

August 5, 2016     David Raths
For the term "learning health system" to become more than a buzzword, health systems will have to devote more resources to using their clinical data for process improvement and patient safety research.

More Clarity on Cardiac Bundled Payments: Time to Look at Transitions to Post-Acute Care

August 4, 2016     Mark Hagland
A report in the American Journal of Managed Care online is shedding some light on some of the care transitions that will need to be optimized, as mandatory bundled payments are mandated for cardiac care

The Informatics Challenges of the Oncology Care Model

August 3, 2016     David Raths
As with other new payment models, gathering new types of data for the Oncology Care Model and reporting it to CMS presents a challenge to both the oncology practices and the health IT vendors who support their work.

As CMS Updates its Quality Ratings for Hospitals, Experts Question Their Validity

August 2, 2016     Rajiv Leventhal
CMS has released its overall hospital quality star ratings, designed to help consumers more easily compare hospitals. But questions have arisen on how the government is measuring “quality.”

With So Much Investment in EHRs and Data, Why Has Data Security Lagged So Far Behind?

August 2, 2016     Heather Landi
During a recent round-table discussion, healthcare industry executive leaders discussed the cyber threats facing the healthcare industry, and the need for digital health companies and healthcare organizations to step up their focus and investment in data security

Ready For the New World of Mandatory Bundles? Because the Federal Payment Reform Train Is Clearly on a High-Speed Track Now

July 28, 2016     Mark Hagland
HHS’s announcement on July 25 of two new mandatory sets of payment bundles for cardiac care is confirming the emerging reality of Medicare reimbursement for hospitals and doctors going forward

Let’s Talk Really, Really Big Numbers: How About $5.631 Trillion, For Example?

July 23, 2016     Mark Hagland
As the U.S. healthcare system moves ever closer to a gargantuan cost cliff, healthcare IT leaders are going to be called on as never before to help leverage IT to transform care delivery

Information Security Professionals in Hot Demand

July 22, 2016     Tim Tolan
IT security professionals are in great demand thanks in part to ransomware and data breaches across the industry.

Can SOLOR (SnOmed LOinc, Rxnorm) Project Create Terminology Foundation for Interoperability?

July 22, 2016     David Raths
The nonprofit Healthcare Services Platform Consortium supports the existing effort to integrate SNOMED CT and Laboratory LOINC and will seek to expand that effort to include Clinical LOINC and selected components of RxNorm.

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