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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.
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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
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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?

National Business Group Survey: Telehealth on the Rise, Uncertainty around ACOs

August 12, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Nine in 10 employers will make telehealth services available to employees in states where it is allowed next year—a sharp increase from 70 percent this year, and from 7 percent in 2012, according to a recent National Business Group on Health survey.

MGMA: IT Costs for Healthcare Organizations Continue to Rise

August 10, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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According to new data from the Englewood, Col.-based Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), physician-owned multispecialty practices spent more than $32,500 per full-time physician on information technology equipment, staff, maintenance, and other related...

Should Hospital Leaders See CMS’s Readmissions Penalties as an Operational Emergency Now?

August 6, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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The future of value-based payment is absolutely here right now, insofar as incentive-driven federal healthcare reimbursement is concerned

More Clarity on Cardiac Bundled Payments: Time to Look at Transitions to Post-Acute Care

August 4, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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A report in the American Journal of Managed Care online is shedding some light on some of the care transitions that will need to be optimized, as mandatory bundled payments are mandated for cardiac care

Ready For the New World of Mandatory Bundles? Because the Federal Payment Reform Train Is Clearly on a High-Speed Track Now

July 28, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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HHS’s announcement on July 25 of two new mandatory sets of payment bundles for cardiac care is confirming the emerging reality of Medicare reimbursement for hospitals and doctors going forward

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

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