Ambulatory Care

Premier Inc.’s Blair Childs on the Coming Revolution in Physician Payment Incentives

March 27, 2015     Mark Hagland
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One day after the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would overhaul physician reimbursement under Medicare, Premier’s Blair Childs spoke with HCI Editor-in-Chief Mark Hagland about the dramatic changes ahead in physician payment

Stage 3 Proposal Embraces Open API Movement

March 24, 2015     David Raths
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Although it rejected recommendations to limit Stage 3's focus to interoperability, CMS is looking to application programming interfaces to provide patients with access to their health information through third-party applications with more flexibility than...

Washington Debrief: Snapshot of Proposed Objectives for Stage 3

March 23, 2015     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
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As MU has come under increased fire from stakeholders and Congress, the proposed rules for Stage 3 seek to raise the bar on interoperability and patient engagement, while looking for ways to streamline and simplify program participation. Whether or not these...

For U.S. Physicians, the Healthcare Policy Train Has Already Left the Station

March 21, 2015     Mark Hagland
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With two tremendously significant healthcare policy developments taking place within the same week, no one can doubt any longer the broad direction of federal healthcare policy—especially for practicing physicians

BREAKING: INDUSTRY-FIRST INTERVIEW: CHIME CEO Russell P. Branzell on the MU Stage 3 Proposed Rule

March 20, 2015     Mark Hagland
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In his industry-first interview, CHIME’s Russ Branzell shares with HCI Editor-in-Chief Mark Hagland his first impressions of the proposed rule for Stage 3 of meaningful use under the HITECH Act

BREAKING NEWS ANALYSIS: SGR Repeal Legislation Would Replace Current Value-Based Program with Sweeping New MD Incentive Payment System

March 19, 2015     Mark Hagland
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A first analysis by Healthcare Informatics of the “SGR repeal” legislation introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives on March 19 to repeal Medicare’s SGR formula for physician payment finds a proposal for sweeping changes in Medicare physician payment

A Health IT Auditor on the Two Big Obstacles in MU Stage 2

March 9, 2015     Gabriel Perna
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Erik Dahl, IT audit director at Chan Healthcare, a Clayton, Mo., a firm that specializes in healthcare organizational audits, has had a front-and-center view of meaningful use readiness. He explains what two elements of Stage 2 are tripping up providers the...

Five Senators Rail on HITECH Progress; ONC's Interoperability Roadmap

March 5, 2015     Gabriel Perna
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Five Republican Senators wrote a blog this week, railing on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) for the lack of interoperable, usable electronic health records (EHRs) derived from the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical...

Washington Debrief: House Approves Bill to Exempt Ambulatory Surgical Centers from MU

March 2, 2015     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
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Last week, the House Committee on Ways and Means approved a bill to exempt patient encounters that take place in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) from counting toward meaningful use requirements. There is currently no requirement that ambulatory surgery...

Population Health Would be Easy, If it Wasn’t for Our Patients!

February 24, 2015     Pete Rivera
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We focus on the technology and clinical side of Population Health, but there is another aspect that is harder to control; Patient Compliance.

Washington Debrief: CMS Seeks Input on Primary Care Innovations

February 23, 2015     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) asking for input on how to test new models of advanced primary care. The deadline for comment is March 16, 2015. The RFI includes questions specific to how...

The Interoperability Blues

February 17, 2015     David Raths
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Interoperability is the buzzword du jour. It is the focus of almost every 2015 conference, white paper, road map, etc. That is why I believe it is important to get reminders from chief information officers and physician leaders themselves of what the actual pain...
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