Policy

Could the Aetna-Humana Merger Announcement Be a Game-Changer?

July 3, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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What might the Aetna-Humana merger mean for current population health efforts among health plans and providers—and for the carefully laid strategic healthcare IT plans being designed to facilitate those efforts?

Stop the Fight! ICD-10 is Comin’

July 2, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Another month has come and gone, which means that we’re just a little bit closer to Oct. 1, 2015, the deadline to transition to the ICD-10 coding set. Still, there are many people out there who continue to push back.

CMS Makes Changes to ACO Investment Model to Help Rural Providers

June 30, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced two modifications to the design of the accountable care organization (ACO) Investment Model, with the aim to help rural areas and small group practices gain more access to ACO benefits.

Survey: Provider Finance Departments Not Ready for Value-Based Contracts

June 30, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Only 15 percent say of finance departments at healthcare providers say they have the “very sophisticated” capabilities to support capitation, bundled payments, and quality-based payments that account for an increasingly larger component of revenue, according to...

Under Healthcare Reform, Where Do Practicing Physicians Go From Here?

June 30, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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Physicians in all settings in U.S. healthcare—private practice, medical group management, and association leadership—are living through the inevitably messy transition to the new healthcare

HHS Recognizes Winners for Healthcare Innovation

June 29, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced the seven winners of the 2015 HHS Innovates Awards, a program designed to reward creative solutions developed by HHS employees in response to some of the nation’s most...

Obstacles Ahead: One OB/Gyn’s Skeptical Views on Healthcare Reform

June 29, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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As a result of the federal government’s push towards a value-based healthcare system, providers are being pushed to be part of alternative payment models such as ACOs. Nonetheless, research shows that physicians remain uncertain about the structure and...

Could AHRQ Really Be Eliminated? And Why Would It Be?

June 26, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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Some members of Congress have the liquidation of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in their sights. The question is why.

At AMDIS, AMIA’s Fridsma Promotes the Rethinking of MD Documentation for EHR Usability

June 26, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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On June 24 at the AMDIS Physician-Computer Connection Symposium, Doug Fridsma, M.D., Ph.D. urged CMIOs to help rethink usability and function in EHRs

House Committee Votes to Eliminate AHRQ

June 25, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The House Appropriations Committee voted in favor of a bill that would eliminate the Health & Human Services’ (HHS) Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ), a research agency that has long been disliked by some members of Congress.

ONC’s Michael McCoy, M.D. at AMDIS: Information-Blocking for Proprietary Reasons Is “Just Wrong”

June 24, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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Health information blocking was a highlighted subject of the presentation given by ONC chief health information officer Michael McCoy, M.D. June 24 at the annual AMDIS Physician-Computer Connection Symposium

Are We Getting Closer to the Top of the HIE Mountain?

June 23, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
blog
Sometimes in life, it takes a really long time to see tangible results for the efforts that we have put in. This couldn’t be more accurate when it comes to health information exchanges (HIEs). However, as new HIE research indicates, we could be getting closer.
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