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CMS Awards Funding to Special Innovation Projects

October 21, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded 20, two-year Special Innovation Projects (SIPs) aimed at local efforts to deliver better care at lower cost.

Center of Excellence in Genomic Science to be Established in Chicago

October 21, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The National Human Genome Research Institute has awarded $10.6 million over five years for the establishment of a new research center in Chicago to advance genomic science.

Imaging IT: “The Cart or the Horse”

October 21, 2016  |  Joe Marion
The 3 main stake holders (Strategy, Clinical, and IT)must come together to create an effective imaging IT solution for multi-facility IDN's

The MACRA Final Rule: More Options for MDs, More To-Do’s for IT Leaders

October 18, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Initial responses to the release of the MACRA final rule have mostly been positive—and in any case point to more to-do’s on the to-do lists of healthcare IT leaders

Does CMS Need to Dramatically Rethink Readmissions Reduction?

October 17, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Two new studies published in Health Affairs raise questions about some of the policy assumptions underlying the Medicare program’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program

BREAKING: CMS Officials Unveil Highlights of New MACRA Quality Payment Program In a Press Conference

October 14, 2016  |  Mark Hagland, Rajiv Leventhal, and Heather Landi
After unveiling the new Quality Payment Program under MACRA on the CMS website, the agency’s Acting Administrator and its CMO shared with the press their comments on the program's highlights; meanwhile, Farzad Mostashari, M.D. offered his initial thoughts

Can Medicare ACOs Learn from Commercial ACOs?

October 13, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
It was fascinating to read a new analysis from Commonwealth Fund researchers that looked at differences between commercial and government-sponsored ACOs in terms of making progress in key areas around accountable care development

Study: Use of CDS Tools Can Improve Management of Chronic Kidney Disease

October 12, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Early detection of chronic kidney disease can lead to interventions to prevent renal failure, and researchers have found that the use of clinical decision support tools (CDS) can improve identification of the disease, according to a study published in the Journal...

Industry Expert: Time for Physician Groups to “Figure Out” the Volume-to-Value Transition

October 10, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
At a time when more and more MD groups are taking on risk, the leaders of member groups in the California-based association known as CAPG, are figuring how to successfully navigate the transition from volume to value, says CAPG CEO Don Crane

UPMC’s Solano Shares What Works in MD-Driven Population Health (Part I)

October 7, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Francis X. (Fran) Solano, M.D., president of Community Medicine, Inc., the largest group of employed primary care physicians at UPMC health system in Pittsburgh, shares what has worked very well so far, in supporting physicians in practice, as they plunge into...

NeHII’s Deb Bass: HIE Is Changing to Meet Changing Needs

October 6, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Deb Bass, the CEO of the Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII) sees a bright future for HIEs—as long as their leaders find ways to provide truly needed services

CHI Franciscan Updating Glucose Management Tools, Seeking Robust EHR Integration

October 5, 2016  |  David Raths
CHI Franciscan Health is preparing to implement a new SAAS-based glucose management system that offers proprietary insulin dosing algorithms, analytics and reporting, automated surveillance and alerting, but the real selling point was more seamless EHR...


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