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Editor's Notes: Is the "Genius In All of Us" Smart Enough to Propel MDs into the New Healthcare?

September 24, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
blog
I've been absorbed in a book about the "dynamic environment"--the interplay between genetically inherited traits and learned experience. And it's made me think about physicians and the new healthcare.

Provider Associations Laud Bipartisan, ACO-Focused Legislation

September 22, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
news
Four major healthcare professional associations on Thursday publicly expressed support for legislation aimed at modifying the Medicare Shared Savings Program for ACOs in order to ease providers’ concerns

Catching Up with Tim Zoph, and Parsing the Current Inflection Point in U.S. Healthcare

September 19, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
Tim Zoph, who has spent decades as a leader in healthcare and healthcare IT, shares his perspectives on where things are headed next in U.S. healthcare—in both the healthcare IT and facilities development spheres, and beyond

Congressional Leaders Exploring Use of Digital Health to Improve Federal Healthcare Programs

September 16, 2016  |  Heather Landi
article
During a U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means subcommittee on Health hearing, Congressional leaders sought insights from the healthcare industry on using digital health to cut costs, increase efficiency and improve quality in the healthcare system.

Diving Into the Deep End of the Pool: A Look at Physician Groups and Risk

September 14, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
As large medical groups from across the U.S. plunge into risk-based contracting, their leaders are finding that success depends on a combination of strategic prowess and the ability to skillfully leverage data analytics and information systems

Scottsdale Health Partners’ CMO Explains How His ACO Has Beaten MSSP Expectations

September 11, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
James Whitfill, M.D., chief medical officer at Scottsdale Health Partners in Phoenix (now Innovation Care Partners) shares the innovations that he and his colleagues have employed to earn MSSP Program checks two years in a row

With CMS’s MACRA Announcement, the High-Speed Train Has Already Left the Station for Practicing MDs

September 9, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
blog
The announcement by CMS on Thursday that the agency would not delay the start of the MACRA program and its new requirements, has put Medicare-participating physicians on notice that the policy and reimbursement train has officially left the station

Assessing the Challenges and Opportunities for MD Groups That Are Taking On Risk

September 7, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
Mark Werner, M.D. and Bob Schwyn of The Chartis Group share their perspectives on the plunge into risk-based contracting, among physician groups—and what the pioneers are learning about risk and about IT and data strategy

How One Health Plan in Minnesota is Looking to Pass the MACRA Test

September 1, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
For payers like the Minnetonka, Minn.-headquartered Medica, working hand-in-hand with providers will be one of the biggest keys to making a successful MACRA transition.

Shouldn’t CMS Officials Be More Straightforward About ACOs’ Level of Progress? Sorting through the Jumble of Numbers for Clarity

August 27, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
blog
CMS’s August 25 release of the latest numbers on the progress of ACOs in the MSSP and Pioneer ACO programs was clouded by the framing and presentation coming from the agency itself. Couldn’t CMS officials have been more transparent and straightforward about all...

From Information to Knowledge: How Medication Learning Optimizes Patient Outcomes

August 23, 2016  |  Anthony Donato, M.D., M.H.P.E., Gregory Hood, M.D., M.A.C.P.
article
Medication learning tools that are concise, evidence-based and delivered at the point of care may reduce variability and errors in prescribing, and could improve the overall patient experience.

Despite Dr. DeSalvo’s Departure, HIT Policy Experts Confident in ONCs Future

August 17, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
Last week’s announcement that Karen DeSalvo, M.D., National Coordinator for Health IT, would leave her position at ONC didn’t come as a surprise to many. But what does the agency’s future have in store?

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