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LIVE from HIMSS17: How Louisiana Healthcare Leaders Collaborated to Reduce ED Over-Utilization

February 19, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
article
A major collaboration between and among the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana, and physicians and hospitals in that state, has yielded significant results in reducing unnecessary ED utilization statewide

Innovator Awards Semi-Finalist UF Health Jacksonville Moves Forward on Sepsis

February 15, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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At UF Health Jacksonville, named by Healthcare Informatics’ editors as one of the semi-finalist teams in this year’s Innovator Awards Program, clinician leaders have cracked the code on how to determine and intervene on emerging sepsis emergencies

Key Republican Members of Congress Appear to Be Wavering on Full ACA Repeal

February 4, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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In the first week of February, key Senate and House chairmen with jurisdiction over any ACA repeal legislation, appeared to publicly back away from the Republicans’ stated goal of full repeal of the law, speaking instead of “repair”

MGMA’s Jennifer McLaughlin on What’s Next on Healthcare Policy in Congress

February 3, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Jennifer McLaughlin, senior associate director for governmental affairs at the Medical Group Management Association, shares her insights on the present moment around healthcare legislation and regulation in Congress

Hospital-Acquired Conditions Cases Plummet: Good News, on Multiple Fronts

January 19, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
One area in which progress appears to be steady in U.S. healthcare has been in efforts to reduce healthcare-acquired conditions, particularly hospital-acquired conditions—as noted in a report published in December by HHS

OIG Identifies Vulnerabilities in CMS’ Deployment of MACRA

December 29, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Department of Health and Human Service’s (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has identified two vulnerabilities related to MACRA that the department says CMS must address.

CHIME Calls on CMS for More MACRA Relief

December 19, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
CHIME is calling on federal officials to lessen the MACRA burden for eligible Medicare physicians through a variety of means.

Northwell Health, Siemens Partner on Outcomes-Based Research, Population Health

December 2, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
Siemens Healthineers and Great Neck, N.Y.-based Northwell Health have formed a research partnership aimed at developing research projects centered on clinical effectiveness and outcomes research utilizing data analytics-based population health evidence.

At Aurora Health Care, Telehealth Use is Improving ER Patient Flow

December 1, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Challenged by long wait times in its emergency rooms, Milwaukee, Wis.-based Aurora Health Care deployed a telemedicine solution in one of its hospitals with the aim of improving ER patient flow and has seen a 75 percent reduction in door-to-doctor wait times.

An Advisory Board Company Expert on Evidence-Based Medicine and Clinical Performance Improvement

November 20, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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John Kontor, M.D., of The Advisory Board Company, has been advising the leaders of numerous patient care organizations on projects that are moving ahead with advanced work in clinical performance improvement

In Trump’s Presidency, Value-Based Purchasing, Health IT Must Push Forward

November 15, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
commentary
The results of last week’s presidential election were extremely unexpected to many. But now it’s time to ensure that value-based healthcare and health IT stay on track.

Could MACRA Ignorance Mean a Huge New Lift for CIOs and CMIOs?

November 2, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
The impending start of the huge new Quality Payment System is going to be a bombshell event for physicians—and their lack of preparedness for it will put unprecedented pressure on CIOs, CMIOs, and other healthcare IT leaders

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