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Geisinger CIO John Kravitz: IT Facilitating Continuous Care Delivery Transformation—In Real Time

May 24, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
John M. Kravitz, who became CIO of the Geisinger Health System about four months ago, has a broad strategic vision for what IT can do to facilitate continuous transformation in care delivery at the already-pioneering integrated health system

A Sober Analysis Sees Both Forward Movement and Complexity in ACO Development Nationwide

May 21, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
blog
An article published last month in the Health Affairs Blog offers a compelling analysis of the growth and progress of ACO development nationwide—and perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of ACO development going forward

What Do the Latest Survey Results about Consumer Interest in Wearables Really Mean—for Providers?

May 15, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
blog
A new study by analysts at PriceWaterhouseCoopers finds that healthcare consumers are very interested in wearable devices—and also that providers have a real opening for patient engagement around those wearables

Mastering Risk-Based Contracting in MD Groups: Focus on Culture First, then IT, Says Industry Expert

May 10, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Jeffrey Spight, president of the Collaborative Health Systems consulting group, says that the key to moving physician groups forward in risk-based contracting is to focus strategically on culture, with IT the set of tools to adopt, not the end-goal

Is Dr. Halamka Right When He Says that MDs Might Leave Practice over Health System Reform?

May 9, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
blog
When Dr. John Halamka says that excessive complexity in the required measures under the proposed new rule issued by CMS could cause him to leave medical practice, federal healthcare officials might want to pause to consider

Geisinger’s Nick Marko, M.D.: What It Takes to Build a Data Infrastructure for Continuous Clinical Performance Improvement

May 7, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Nick Marko, M.D., an oncologist and the chief data officer at Geisinger Health, shares insights from Geisinger’s journey towards the building of an enterprise-wide data analytics infrastructure to support continuous clinical performance improvement

In Blog Post, Dr. John Halamka Rips Apart Proposed MACRA Rule

May 6, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
In a blog post on Thursday, May 5, John Halamka, M.D., CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, gave a very gloomy outlook on the recently released proposed Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) rule.

CMS Finalizes Its Quality Measure Program

May 3, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
news
Officials at CMS on Tuesday posted the agency’s finalized Quality Measurement Program on its website, focusing on identifying known measurement and performance gaps and developing measures in six key quality “domains”

Watching CMS Listen to Providers

May 3, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
blog
Last week’s announcement on the part of CMS officials proposing significant changes to Medicare payment for physicians signaled an increasing willingness on their part to dialogue iteratively with providers about what needs to be changed---and when

BREAKING NEWS: CMS Announces Long-Awaited MACRA Proposed Rule; Program Includes MU Makeover for MDs

April 27, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
CMS officials announce their plan to replace the meaningful use program for Medicare-participating physicians with a new program under the MIPS program, called Advancing Care Information

At Allina Health, Unlocking the Power of Data

April 26, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Not too long ago, senior executives at Allina Health set out to be in the top decile of performance on every meaningful, measurable quality metric. That commitment to excellence has paid off.

New Survey: Clinician Leaders Reveal their Care Coordination Priorities, Challenges

April 25, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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A new survey of clinical and operational leaders from across the continuum of care reveals the main areas of focus of care coordination efforts in patient care organizations nationwide—with implication for IT leaders

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