Policy

Reducing Readmissions via “Safe Transitions” at URMC

January 29, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
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As a follow-up to one of our Top Ten Tech Trends, HCI takes an extended look at a readmissions reductions program that is centered around following the patient along the care continuum.

MGMA Applauds CMS' Move on Meaningful Use

January 29, 2015     Mark Hagland
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The Medical Group Management Association pronounced itself "encouraged" by the Jan. 29 announcement that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services was modifying key aspects of the meaningful use program

Editor’s Notes: The LEGO Solution: Who Will Be Agile Enough to Master the New Environment?

January 28, 2015     Mark Hagland
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What the executives at LEGO did when they found their computers had been hacked speaks to strategic agility in healthcare—yes, really

A Signal Moment in Healthcare Reimbursement: The Feds Send a Clear Signal on Payment Reform

January 27, 2015     Mark Hagland
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The set of announcements around Medicare payment reform released on Jan. 26 by the Department of Health and Human Services couldn’t be any clearer on the fundamental direction in which federal reimbursement is headed

Top Ten Tech Trends: "Survivor: Edition HIE"--Can Statewide HIEs Achieve Sustainability?

January 26, 2015     Mark Hagland
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The answer is a qualified ‘yes,' statewide HIEs can achieve sustainability--but, say those in the know, it will take business realism and a strong dose of ingenuity

State Innovation Models to Invest in Health IT

January 26, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
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The State Health Innovation Plans developed by 25 states—with support from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)—plan to significantly invest in health IT services, according to a recent analysis from the New York-based research firm, Accenture.

Paul Tang’s New-Century Challenge: Time to Start Treating Patients Like People

January 26, 2015     Mark Hagland
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At iHT2-San Diego, an appeal to healthcare leaders to begin thinking about person-centered healthcare—and to begin to think about the implications of the concept for care delivery going forward

Top Ten Tech Trends: Closing the Gaps in Transitions of Care

January 23, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
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The movement of a patient from one setting of care to another—and the electronic documentation of that movement—is vital in accurately being able to tell the patient’s entire story, but has also become an area that providers have struggled with in terms of...

AAFP Responds to ONC’s Federal Health IT Plan, Offers Suggestions for Improvement

January 22, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
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In a letter addressed to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) supported the federal government’s strategic plan for health IT, but urged the agency to ease burdens on physicians.

Will FDA Clarify Approach to Clinical Decision Support in 2015?

January 21, 2015     David Raths
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The FDA also has released its schedule for developing guidance for the 2015 fiscal year, and prioritized on the list is medical device clinical decision support software. Many in the health IT industry are relieved that the FDA has prioritized clinical decision...

Paul Tang, M.D. at iHT2-San Diego: “Patients 3.0: What’s the Job of a Patient?”

January 21, 2015     Mark Hagland
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Moving towards the new person-centered healthcare is going to require a dual revolution in thinking, says Paul Tang, M.D.

Top Ten Tech Trends: Setting the Roadmap on FHIR

January 20, 2015     David Raths
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Last year, HCI made the HL7 draft standard Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) one of our Top 10 Tech Trends to watch. This year, interoperability is the first topic of conversation wherever CIOs and CMIOs gather, and FHIR is now at the center of...
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