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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
article
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
article
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

Live from iHT2-Cleveland: Geisinger’s Shift from an EDW-Dependent Data Strategy to a Big-Data Strategy

April 19, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
John M. Kravitz, CIO of Geisinger Health System, shared with attendees at the Health IT Summit in Cleveland some of the developments taking place at his organization around the leveraging of data for care delivery improvement

Integra, UnitedHealthcare Launch Medicaid ACO in Rhode Island

April 19, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
Integra Community Care Network, a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)-certified Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is partnering with UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Rhode Island to launch a Medicaid ACO entity.

Study: HIT Use and Participation in ACO, PCMH Initiatives Facilitates Advanced Care Delivery

April 19, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
Physicians who adopted electronic health records (EHRs) in 2012 and participated in new models of payment and care delivery were more likely to perform care processes associated with improved care delivery, according to a recently published study.

Can Medicare’s New Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Model Help PCPs to “Score” in the New Healthcare?

April 19, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
blog
CMS’s announcement last week of the new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus model sends a clear signal about federal healthcare officials’ intentions around physician payment

MultiCare Health System, Health Catalyst Expand Analytics Program, Partner on Shared Risk Project

April 15, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
MultiCare Health System and Health Catalyst announced this week a new agreement that expands an existing analytics program while joining forces on a shared-risk project to achieve $25 million of measurable outcome improvements annually.

Live at World Health Care Congress: From East Coast to West, the Patient Engagement Struggle is Real

April 12, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
Senior executives at three healthcare organizations spread across the country were in agreement that meeting patients' increased expectations of health systems has proved quite challenging.

Drilling Down on Data Analytics for Value-Based Care Delivery

April 11, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
What’s being learned as providers move into the trenches in their ACO and population health work? Industry leaders at the World Health Care Congress noted the gains from early data analytics efforts

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