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At the DC Health IT Summit, Intermountain’s Chief Strategy Officer Sees a Data-Driven Future

October 25, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
At the Health IT Summit in Washington, D.C., Greg Poulsen, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Intermountain Healthcare, framed the path ahead for healthcare leaders around using data and information to improve patient and financial outcomes

Employer-Purchasers Get In on the Analytics Act

October 22, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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

Optimizing Clinician Communications in Southern California

October 20, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
At Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California, Scott Raymond, R.N. has been leading an initiative that has helped to optimize clinician communications processes

The MACRA Final Rule: More Options for MDs, More To-Do’s for IT Leaders

October 18, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Initial responses to the release of the MACRA final rule have mostly been positive—and in any case point to more to-do’s on the to-do lists of healthcare IT leaders

Does CMS Need to Dramatically Rethink Readmissions Reduction?

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

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

Industry Expert: Time for Physician Groups to “Figure Out” the Volume-to-Value Transition

October 10, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
At a time when more and more MD groups are taking on risk, the leaders of member groups in the California-based association known as CAPG, are figuring how to successfully navigate the transition from volume to value, says CAPG CEO Don Crane

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...

Farzad Mostashari: Some Hospitals Engaging in “Very Active Information Blocking”

October 6, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Farzad Mostashari recently spoke with Healthcare Informatics Managing Editor Rajiv Leventhal on a myriad of healthcare IT issues, including information blocking and drilling down on the results of ACOs to date.

NeHII’s Deb Bass: HIE Is Changing to Meet Changing Needs

October 6, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Deb Bass, the CEO of the Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII) sees a bright future for HIEs—as long as their leaders find ways to provide truly needed services

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

October 3, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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

Will “Telehealth” Soon Become, Simply, “Health?”

October 2, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
A discussion at the Health IT Summit-New York probed some truly exciting potentialities around policy, payment, clinical, and technological changes that could transform U.S. healthcare delivery


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