Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

At iHT2-San Francisco, Healthcare IT Leaders See a (Very) Long Data Analytics Journey Ahead

March 3, 2015     Mark Hagland
Healthcare IT leaders participating in the Health IT Summit in San Francisco parse the many dimensions of the data analytics challenge in healthcare

For Talented CMIOs in the Emerging New Healthcare, the World Really Is their “Oyster”

March 2, 2015     Mark Hagland
Speaking with Dr. David Levin about the roles and reporting relationships of “2.0 Generation” CMIOs was exciting and possibility-filled

When Peggy O’Kane Speaks, Providers Had Better Listen

February 27, 2015     Mark Hagland
The blog last week on the American Journal of Managed Care’s website by Margaret E. “Peggy” O’Kane, president of NCQA, provided a strong element in a clear roadmap for providers going forward

Smaller Practices Pressured into Selecting Health System’s Hand-Picked EHR

February 23, 2015     Gabriel Perna
Black Book, a research firm based in Clearwater, Fla., found that most small offices and physician practices in a large health system buy directly from the CIO of their flagship hospital and felt obligated to do so, fearing financial consequences if they...

What Stephen Nuckolls Knows About Accountable Care—and Why It Really Matters

February 23, 2015     Mark Hagland
Stephen Nuckolls and his colleagues at Coastal Carolina Health Care know that they can make accountable care work—and do it outside the markets already best known for risk-based innovation

Forging Ahead on MSSP Progress in Small-Town North Carolina: Coastal Carolina’s ACO Experience

February 21, 2015     Mark Hagland
Stephen Nuckolls and his colleagues at Coastal Carolina are proving that the ACO model of care can work in eastern North Carolina

UnitedHealthcare to Add Up to 250 ACOs in 2015

February 19, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
UnitedHealthcare has announced that it will contract with up to 250 new accountable care organizations (ACO) in 2015, adding to its existing total of 520 such programs.

Maine’s HealthInfoNet: Secrets of Sustainability

February 16, 2015     Mark Hagland
At a time when the broad survival of health information exchanges, especially statewide HIEs, is in question, Dev Culver and his colleagues at Maine’s HealthInfoNet have unlocked the keys to sustainability

Live from the iHT2 Miami Health IT Summit: BI, Analytics Key to Reducing Readmissions

February 10, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Predictive analytics is the next frontier in reducing avoidable readmissions, but many challenges remain to keeping patients out of the hospital, according to panelists at the iHT2 Health IT Summit in Miami.

An Inflection Point for Federal ACO Development? Provider Leaders Throw Down the Gauntlet to CMS

February 7, 2015     Mark Hagland
As clearly as they possibly could, the leaders of the nation’s accountable care organizations threw down the gauntlet at the feet of CMS officials this past week, asking for major changes to the MSSP program—before it’s too late

National ACO Group Proposes Major Changes to Medicare Shared Savings Program

February 6, 2015     Mark Hagland and Rajiv Leventhal
On Feb. 6, the National Association of ACOs, the nationwide group advocating on behalf of the leaders of ACOs, sent a 36-page letter to CMS, proposing major changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program

Of Thoreau and Thoughtful Standards: Building Foundations for Interoperability’s Worthy “Castles in the Air”

February 4, 2015     Mark Hagland
The Jan. 30 release of the interoperability roadmap from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, followed by statements made by ONC leaders at the agency’s annual meeting on Feb. 2, have cheered U.S. provider leaders
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