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A First Look at the MACRA Final Rule

October 14, 2016  |  David Raths
Following a brief review of the 2,398-page MACRA Final Rule released Oct. 14, here is a first look at some of the key changes between the proposed and final rule and the rationales CMS offered for its decisions.

American Hospital Association Launches MACRA Implementation Tool

October 12, 2016  | 
With the possibility that the MACRA final rule could drop in the next few weeks, the American Hospital Association has launched an online tool, a MACRA Tracker, to help hospitals and physicians they employ prepare for Medicare’s new physician payment program.

AMA Releases Online Tools to Help Doctors Prepare for MACRA

October 5, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The Chicago-based American Medical Association (AMA) has developed several online tools to assist physicians with preparing for and transitioning to pending Medicare payment and delivery changes under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (...

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...

Physician Survey: EHRs Increase Practice Costs, Reduce Productivity

October 3, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Three out of four physicians believe electronic health records (EHRs) increase practice costs, outweighing any efficiency savings, and seven out of 10 think EHRs reduce their productivity, according to Deloitte’s recent 2016 Survey of U.S. Physicians.

Editor's Notes: Is the "Genius In All of Us" Smart Enough to Propel MDs into the New Healthcare?

September 24, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
I've been absorbed in a book about the "dynamic environment"--the interplay between genetically inherited traits and learned experience. And it's made me think about physicians and the new healthcare.

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

September 14, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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

Researchers’ Look at HIT Development: Are their Perceptions of Co-Development Up to Date?

September 13, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
I read with interest an op-ed article in The New England Journal of Medicine entitled “Accelerating Innovation in Health IT." In critiquing provider-based solutions development, did Dr. David Bates and his fellow researchers get it right?

Scottsdale Health Partners’ CMO Explains How His ACO Has Beaten MSSP Expectations

September 11, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
James Whitfill, M.D., chief medical officer at Scottsdale Health Partners in Phoenix (now Innovation Care Partners) shares the innovations that he and his colleagues have employed to earn MSSP Program checks two years in a row

For Children with Asthma, Telemedicine Can be as Effective as an In-Person Visit, Study Shows

September 9, 2016  |  Heather Landi
In rural areas, access to asthma specialists can be a challenge for patients. A new study indicates that telemedicine can be a viable alternative to traditional in-person physician-based care for the treatment and management of children’s asthma conditions.

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


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