Policy

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

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?

GUEST BLOG: Population Health: Are We REALLY Ready for Value-Based Care and Coordination?

October 17, 2014     Linda Lockwood and Michael Garzone
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It’s one thing to say our industry needs to shift from fee-for-service to outcomes-based payment. It’s quite another to get there. Population health has certainly become THE healthcare buzzword, and rightfully so. Early successes show promise in improving the...

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...

Aetna’s Dr. Kennedy Opens the Health Plan ACO-Strategy Kimono

October 14, 2014     Mark Hagland
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What does it mean when a prominent health insurer picks sole integrated health systems to partner with in individual healthcare markets? And will such single-health-plan-single-health-system partnering become a trend?

In Washington, Aetna’s Kennedy Offers One Vision of an Accountable Care Future

October 12, 2014     Mark Hagland
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Charles Kennedy, M.D., CEO of Aetna Accountable Care Solutions, offers his vision of private insurer-sponsored accountable care at the Health IT Summit in Washington, D.C.

Pioneer ACO Results: A Big Numbers Salad Right Now

October 10, 2014     Mark Hagland
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What do the first- and second-year Pioneer ACO Program results just published by CMS really mean?

HIMSS Backs CMS’ Decision to Reopen Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Period

October 10, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has backed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)’ decision to reopen the period in which eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals (EHs) can apply for a meaningful use...

One Hospital’s Readmissions Reduction Intervention: Strong Program, Little Impact

October 9, 2014     John DeGaspari
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A recent study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco demonstrates how difficult it is to reduce readmissions—especially given the diverse patient populations served by safety-net hospitals with limited resources. In a telephone interview,...

Washington, DC Panel Members Agree: It’s Early In the ACO Journey

October 9, 2014     Mark Hagland
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As healthcare leaders struggle forward to create accountable care organization structures and processes, industry experts reflect on what’s been learned so far—and what still needs to e learned

ONC’s Jacob Reider: “No Hemorrhaging” at ONC

October 7, 2014     Mark Hagland
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Jacob Reider, M.D., the chief medical officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, stated for the record on Oct. 7 that the recent series of departures of senior officials from ONC did not constitute a pattern of any kind
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