BREAKING NEWS: CMS Principal Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum to Resign

April 22, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
According to preliminary news media reports, Jonathan Blum, principal deputy administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), will be stepping down from his post, effective May 16.

Medical Informatics: A Formal Subspecialty Whose Time Has Come

April 21, 2014     Mark Hagland
Christopher Longhurst, M.D., CMIO at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University, has been a national leader who has helped to spearhead efforts to build a formally recognized subspecialty in clinical informatics

Study: Community Demographics—Not Quality of Care—Drive Hospital Readmissions

April 21, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Rather than a hospital’s quality of care, its geographic location is the primary driving factor behind readmissions, according to a recent study in Health Services Research, part of the Center for Advancing Health.

Poll: Majority of Healthcare Orgs are Disappointed With ICD-10 Delay

April 16, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
More than half of healthcare organizations are disappointed in the one-year delay of ICD-10, according to a recent poll by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.

When Clinical Transformation and Technological Change Come Down to Process and Cultural Change

April 15, 2014     Mark Hagland
Achieving the Triple Aim—the idea of improved quality, enhanced patient engagement and satisfaction, and improved cost-effectiveness in healthcare—will inevitably involve a great deal of process, cultural and technological effort, agreed members of a panel...

CMS Website Finally Recognizes ICD-10 Delay

April 15, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Nearly two weeks after President Barack Obama signed the temporary Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) "doc fix" bill that included a one-year extension to ICD-10 implementation, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has just now updated its...

Washington Debrief: ONC Looks to Pivot HITPC Work In Support of Future ONC

April 14, 2014     Jeff Smith, Director of Public Policy at CHIME
ONC asked the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) to consider a new work plan, which would reform several workgroups for future policy development.

Three Things Healthcare IT Leaders Need to Know About Medicare’s MD Data Release

April 12, 2014     Mark Hagland
By week’s end, the news had been overshadowed by the news that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was resigning; but the massive Medicare physician payment data release on April 9 was a very important development indeed

Anthem Blue Cross, MemorialCare Medical Form ACO

April 11, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Anthem Blue Cross and MemorialCare Medical Foundation, the physician division of the Calif.-based MemorialCare Health System, have announced that they are collaborating to form an accountable care organization (ACO) focused on providing coordinated treatment for...

Opposing Viewpoints: Provider Organizations Give Differing Perspectives on What the ICD-10 Delay Really Means

April 11, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
In the past week, provider organizations have been outspoken in how the ICD-10 delay will affect them moving forward. But not everyone seems to be on the same page. HCI has interviewed two such patient care organizations with differing opinions on the ripple...

Obama Praises the Resigning Sebelius, Introduces Nominee Mathews Burwell, at White House Event

April 11, 2014     Mark Hagland
At an event in the White House Rose Garden, President Obama on April 11 accepted the resignation of Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of HHS, and announced the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell, currently the Director of the OMB, to replace Sebelius.

INDUSTRY EXCLUSIVE: CHIME's Branzell Speaks with HCI about Sebelius Resignation Announcement

April 10, 2014     Mark Hagland
As news media reports confirmed that Kathleen Sebelius was set to announce her resignation as HHS Secretary, CHIME’s Russ Branzell shared his thoughts on that development exclusively with Healthcare Informatics
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