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Premier Looks at Prospects for the Provider-Sponsored Health Plan Proposition

October 31, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
Earlier this month, Premier Inc. looked at the prospects for the development of provider-sponsored health plans in the current operating environment—and found a very mixed landscape

McKesson Unveils New Paragon Electronic Health Record Platform

October 25, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
McKesson Enterprise Information Solutions (EIS) announced the latest release of Paragon, its electronic health record (EHR) solution.

Employer-Purchasers Get In on the Analytics Act

October 22, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
The HR directors at major U.S. corporations, impatient over the pace of healthcare change, are pushing ahead to leverage analytics to figure out how much value providers and health plans are bringing to the system

Does CMS Need to Dramatically Rethink Readmissions Reduction?

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

Can Medicare ACOs Learn from Commercial ACOs?

October 13, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
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

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

October 7, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
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...

At St. Louis’s Mercy Health, an Analytics-Driven Performance Push

October 3, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
The CIO and the vice president of integrated performance solutions at the St. Louis-based Mercy Health share the story of their organization’s enterprise-wide, data-driven performance improvement initiative

Provider Associations Laud Bipartisan, ACO-Focused Legislation

September 22, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
news
Four major healthcare professional associations on Thursday publicly expressed support for legislation aimed at modifying the Medicare Shared Savings Program for ACOs in order to ease providers’ concerns

At the CHIME LEAD Forum-Toronto, A Strong Focus on Cybersecurity Challenges

September 20, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
Healthcare IT leaders came together on Tuesday in Toronto, at the CHIME LEAD Forum-Toronto, to get into granular discussions of the cybersecurity challenges facing Canadian, U.S., and global healthcare

Diving Into the Deep End of the Pool: A Look at Physician Groups and Risk

September 14, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
As large medical groups from across the U.S. plunge into risk-based contracting, their leaders are finding that success depends on a combination of strategic prowess and the ability to skillfully leverage data analytics and information systems

With CMS’s MACRA Announcement, the High-Speed Train Has Already Left the Station for Practicing MDs

September 9, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
The announcement by CMS on Thursday that the agency would not delay the start of the MACRA program and its new requirements, has put Medicare-participating physicians on notice that the policy and reimbursement train has officially left the station

IT Security Luminary Mac McMillan: Time to Develop Comprehensive Risk Management Strategies Around Data Security

September 1, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
Mac McMillan, CEO of the CynergisTek consulting firm, offered healthcare IT leaders a bracing view of the panoply of data security challenges cresting, wave-like, against the virtual walls of U.S. patient care organizations

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