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San Diego MDs Leverage Technology, Services to Serve Vulnerable Patients’ Needs

November 4, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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At North County Health Services, a federally qualified health center organization in the San Diego area, physician leaders are leveraging technology and contracted services to expand their vulnerable patients’ access to specialist expertise

What Do Physicians Need to Transition to Value-Based Care?

October 31, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The ongoing transition from volume-based to value-based payment and care delivery models has been a monumental industry-wide effort over the past few years, but there are many indicators that the pace of change has been slow, according to a Deloitte report.

At The HIT Summit-Washington, DC, a Robust View of Population Health

October 27, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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A lively discussion ensued at the Health IT Summit in Washington, D.C., when panelists parsed the meanings and complexities of the population health concept—and considered challenges around data usability and physician culture

A First Look at the MACRA Final Rule

October 14, 2016  |  David Raths
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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  | 
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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