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Let’s Talk Really, Really Big Numbers: How About $5.631 Trillion, For Example?

July 23, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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As the U.S. healthcare system moves ever closer to a gargantuan cost cliff, healthcare IT leaders are going to be called on as never before to help leverage IT to transform care delivery

NCPA Senior Fellow Calls MACRA “A Poor Solution”

July 20, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A report from the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) has assessed that the "doc fix” contained in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is fiscally irresponsible, and will only increase federal control over how doctors practice...

Healthcare Association Advocacy Leaders Offer Perspectives on CMS’s MACRA Timeline Challenges

July 20, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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The statement made by CMS’s Andy Slavitt that the agency might provide some flexibility around the provisions of physician reporting under MACRA caused a stir among providers; still, the time is now to prepare, say advocacy leaders

Special Report: Moving Along the Data Analytics Continuum, Healthcare Organizations Continue to Make Strides

July 19, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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As part of a Healthcare Informatics multi-story Special Report on data analytics, healthcare leaders share some of the lessons learned so far from early analytics work, while also looking at the best strategies to navigate the road ahead.

With the Telehealth Revolution Already Underway, a Pair of Industry Experts Looks at the Remaining Barriers

July 18, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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It was very compelling to read a broad analysis of “The State of Telehealth,” authored by E. ray Dorsey, M.D. and Eric J. Topol, M.D., and published online last week in The New England Journal of Medicine

Is Your Organization Getting the Right Facilitators for Patient Engagement Out There? Piercing the Fog on the Way Forward

July 15, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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The results of an instant audience poll taken at the Health IT Summit in Denver this week, spoke to some of the confusion and challenges around making patient engagement real in medical group, hospital, and health system settings

CMS’ Slavitt Acknowledges Possibility of MACRA Delay

July 13, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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During a July 13 U.S. Senate Committee on Finance hearing on MACRA, CMS’ Andy Slavitt left open the possibility that the new sweeping changes set to overhaul physician payment could be pushed back from the intended start date of Jan. 1, 2017.

Physician Association CAPG Urges Feds to Keep MACRA Start Date

July 12, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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While various healthcare association groups are pushing for a delay to the start of MACRA, one association representing physician organizations is urging the feds to stay on track.

Study Finds that Public HIE Efforts are Declining as Researchers Question Their Long-Term Viability

July 8, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The number of community and state health information exchange (HIE) efforts—either in operational or planning mode—is declining, leaving the viability of broad clinical data exchange uncertain, according to new research in the July issue of Health Affairs.

AHA Calls for Reforms to Stark, Anti-Kickback Laws to Remove Barriers to Care Coordination

July 6, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The American Hospital Association (AHA) released a report that proposes that the Stark and Anti-Kickback laws and regulations impede hospitals’ ability to coordinate care and calls on legislators and regulators to modernize the regulations.

Washington Debrief: House Members Weigh In on Forthcoming OCR Ransomware Guidance

July 5, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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In front of expected guidance from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) concerning the treatment of ransomware incidences in the healthcare sector, two members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform shared their expectations for the guidance in...

When It Comes to Care and Transition Management, We’ve Got to Get the Basics Right First

July 3, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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The details of a recent Washington Post/Kaiser Health News report on a patient safety event involving a fatal pharmacy dispensing error speak to the challenges and opportunities inherent in improving transition management and care management going forward

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