Policy

At HIMSS15, the Signs Were Everywhere—and They Were All Pointed Towards the Future

April 18, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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All the signs and signals at HIMSS15 were clear—and promise an exciting, challenging rocket ride for healthcare IT leaders in the next year, before HIMSS16

BREAKING: President Obama Signs SGR Repeal Legislation, Shifting Medicare Physician Payment Incentives

April 17, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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On Apr. 16, President Obama signed into law a bill that repeals the long-problematic SGR formula for Medicare physician reimbursement, and ushers in a new era in value-based physician payment

HIMSS CEO Lieber Confirms Las Vegas and Orlando As Core Destinations Going Forward

April 16, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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As the HIMSS Conference grows ever larger in size and scope, more and more cities are being eliminated as potential sites for the healthcare IT world’s largest annual gathering

Montefiore Leaders Share Insights on Care Coordination Gaps

April 16, 2015   |  John Morrissey
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To succeed as an accountable care organization, care coordination has to be planned and executed well, with a big assist from healthcare IT, senior leaders from Montefiore Medical Center told their HIMSS15 audience

Waving Goodbye to the Windy City: Five HIMSS15 Takeaways

April 16, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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HIMSS never disappoints when it comes to "buzz," as you would expect when 43,000+ health IT minds gather in one place. While it's always difficult to narrow it down to just a few things, here are my five big takeaways from HIMSS15 in Chicago.

CMS’s Slavitt and ONC’s DeSalvo Offer Clarity on Federal Healthcare IT Policy

April 16, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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In prepared remarks and responses to proffered questions at the final keynote session at HIMSS15 in Chicago, Andy Slavitt of CMS and Karen DeSalvo, M.D., of ONC, made starkly clear what they expect of providers going forward—as well as of their own federal...

How an ACO is Bridging Functionality Gaps for Effective Care Coordination

April 16, 2015   |  John Morrissey
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To succeed as an accountable care organization (ACO), care coordination has to be planned and executed well with a big assist from healthcare IT. And that’s a challenge, because care coordination and care delivery are hardly the same from an IT perspective,...

Analytics Reaches Oncology Practice, and End-Users Anticipate Major Changes

April 16, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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As cancer centers become squeezed by policy and reimbursement cross-currents, oncology managers look to analytics for support

Health IT Expert to Hospital CEOs: Time to Pay More Attention to Your Consumers

April 15, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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During a HIMSS15 meeting with Witt/Kieffer, an Oak Brook, Ill.-based executive healthcare search firm, Jim Utterback, the firm's IT practice leader, delivered a clear message to healthcare leaders.

Congress Passes SGR Repeal Legislation, Ushers in New Era in MD Value-Based Payment

April 14, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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The U.S. Senate’s passage of the so-called “SGR repeal legislation” will end the never-fully-implemented Sustainable Growth Rate formula for Medicare physician payment, and among other things, will introduce a new Merit-based Incentive Payment Program for MD...

ONC’s First Chief Health Information Officer Says His Number-One Focus Is Interoperability

April 14, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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Michael McCoy, M.D., who in January became the first Chief Health Information Officer in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, shares his perspectives on interoperability, meaningful use, and the path ahead in healthcare

DeSalvo to HIMSS Press: Time for Health IT To Move Beyond the EHR

April 14, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Recent federal government proposals and regulations are pushing the healthcare industry towards greater interoperability and advancing ideas beyond electronic health records (EHRs), said Karen DeSalvo, M.D., National Coordinator for Health IT, at an April 14...
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