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Ships Sailing? Trains Leaving Stations? Whatever Metaphor One Chooses, the New Healthcare Has Definitively Launched

June 21, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
blog
Whether one imagines ships sailing or trains leaving stations, one thing is clear: the new healthcare, with all of its data, process, and leadership challenges, seems to be at an inflection point around value-based care delivery and payment

Survey: Payers, Providers Project Value-Based Reimbursement Will Eclipse Fee-for-Service by 2020

June 21, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
According to the results of a new survey, value-based payment has hit the tipping point, with bundled payment projected to grow rapidly in the next five years and as payers’ network strategies are changing, getting narrower and more selective. The survey results...

HHS Announces $100M in Funding to Help Small Practices with MACRA

June 21, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced $20 million each year over the next five years to fund on-the-ground Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) training and education for Medicare clinicians in individual or small...

CMS’s New Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Program: Another Signal to Healthcare IT Leaders to Step It Up

June 16, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
blog
A recent analysis of CMS’s new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus initiative reinforces the reality that we’ve reached a tipping point on value-based reimbursement in healthcare—and that healthcare IT leaders need to help physicians succeed in the new healthcare

Complexity of Quality Measures, Lack of Access to Patient Data Significant Obstacles on the Path to Value-Based Care

June 15, 2016  |  Heather Landi
article
Physicians and health plan executives cite the complexity of quality measures and incomplete access to patient data as the obstacles standing in the way of widespread and meaningful adoption of value-based care models, according to a new study report.

Mastering the Complexities of MSSP ACO Payment at Janesville, Wisconsin’s Mercy Health System

June 14, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
Ladd Udy of the Janesville, Wisconsin-based Mercy Health System, shares learnings so far in his health system’s work to investigate sub-optimal physician coding under the Medicare Shared Savings Program’s payment system

As the Sands in the Hourglass Begin to Trickle Down, It’s Time for Healthcare IT Leaders to Help MDs Prepare for MIPS and APMs

June 4, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
blog
Recent analyses of this spring’s CMS Proposed Rule on MIPS offer healthcare IT leaders a heady preview of what’s ahead for practicing physicians under MIPS—and why IT leaders will be called on to help them facilitate their future success

The Chartis Group’s Bob Schwyn: Looking at the Strategic IT Issues Around the Transition from Volume to Value

June 2, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
The Chartis Group’s Bob Schwyn shares his perspectives on the broad spectrum of challenges facing healthcare and healthcare IT leaders as they prepare their organizations to transition from volume-based to value-based payment arrangements

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
article
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

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