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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

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...

At New York HIT Summit, an MD Leader Outlines How HIT Can Enhance Patient Centered Medical Homes

September 27, 2016  |  Heather Landi
At the Health IT Summit on Tuesday, Salvatore Volpe, M.D, chief medical officer at Staten Island Performing Provider Systems, urged physician leaders to adopt health IT to increase efficiency and improve patient care within Patient-Centered Medical Homes.

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

September 9, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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

Assessing the Challenges and Opportunities for MD Groups That Are Taking On Risk

September 7, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Mark Werner, M.D. and Bob Schwyn of The Chartis Group share their perspectives on the plunge into risk-based contracting, among physician groups—and what the pioneers are learning about risk and about IT and data strategy

It Is Time to Drastically Rethink Password Management in Healthcare? Some Might Say So

September 6, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
It was intriguing to read an op-ed article in InfoWorld this summer, in which its author suggested that business organization leaders rethink their password management policies and practices. How might such suggestions play out in the unique operating environment...

One Former HIT Executive’s Perspectives on What Non-HIT Leaders Need from HIT Leaders

September 6, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Annamalai Ramanathan, who recently made the transition from IT leadership to general administrative leadership in a physician-governed organization, shares his perspectives on what non-IT leaders need from IT leaders these days

AMA Immediate Past President Challenges Healthcare IT Leaders to Fix EHRs

August 11, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
In the opening keynote address at the Health IT Summit in Nashville, Steven J. Stack, M.D., immediate past president of the AMA, called on healthcare IT leaders to pressure vendors to improve the usability and reliability of EHRs

Geisinger’s Chief Strategic Information Officer: OpenNotes Is the Future

August 8, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Alistair Erskine, M.D., chief strategic information officer at the pioneering Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, sees OpenNotes as a key element in the new patient-physician—and consumer-health system—relationship

Moving Ahead Into OpenNotes: One Medical Specialist and Medical Informaticist Shares Her View

August 2, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Allison Weathers, M.D., associate CMIO at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center, shares her perspectives on the opportunities and challenges around the OpenNotes movement—from a specialist perspective

Peeling the Layers of the Onion Around HIE Policy, with Julia Adler-Milstein, Ph.D.

August 1, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Julia Adler-Milstein, Ph.D., a co-author of two important articles on HIE that were published in Health Affairs, shares her perspectives on the challenges and opportunities ahead in that area


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