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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.

CNIOs Go Strategic

October 20, 2016  |  Heather Landi
With new needs around population health and clinical transformation, the top nurse informaticist role—that of CNIO—is becoming more important than ever, launching CNIOs into newer and more executive roles than ever before.

ONC Pilot Projects Focus on Using, Sharing Patient-Generated Health Data

October 19, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Accenture Federal Services (AFS) has announced two pilot demonstrations with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to determine how patient-generated health data can be used by care teams and researchers.

White House Report Highlights Role of Big Data in Cancer Moonshot Efforts

October 18, 2016  |  Heather Landi
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Monday delivered the Cancer Moonshot Task Force report summarizing the work of the initiative since its inception 10 months ago and outlined new commitments toward the goals of the Cancer Moonshot from both the public and private...

AHIMA Launches New Healthcare Informatics Certification

October 18, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) announced this week a new credential in early 2017 for eligible professionals in the field of health informatics.

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

Mount Sinai Hospital Announces Digital Health Partnerships

October 17, 2016  |  Heather Landi
New York City-based Mount Sinai Hospital announced last week two partnership with digital health and health IT companies aimed at improving care management for chronic disease patients and improving the patient experience.

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

Medical Centers Receive NIH Funding to Recruit Volunteers for PMI Cohort

October 14, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded funding to four regional medical center groups that will join a national network of healthcare provider organizations that will implement the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) cohort 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

Alphabet’s Verily Collaborates with 3M on Population Health Management

October 12, 2016  |  Heather Landi
St. Paul, Minn.-based 3M Health Information Systems is teaming up with Verily Life Sciences (formerly Google Life Sciences), an Alphabet company, to develop new population health measurement technology for managing clinical and financial performance.


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