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

March 27, 2015     Mark Hagland
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
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
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...

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

March 20, 2015     Mark Hagland
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

Policy Committee Drills Down on Stage 2 Data

March 10, 2015     David Raths
As they await the release of the Stage 3 proposed rule, Health IT Policy Committee members studied Stage 2 hospital reporting details that included care transitions, patient engagement, patient safety and public health.

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

March 9, 2015     Gabriel Perna
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
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
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
We focus on the technology and clinical side of Population Health, but there is another aspect that is harder to control; Patient Compliance.

Business Intelligence for ACOs: Where’s the Urgency?

February 23, 2015     Joe Marion
In this age of accountable care, there are increasing demands for data for reporting and reimbursement purposes. Since healthcare providers are often structured around clinical departments, much of the data pertinent to accountable care may be managed/stored...

Washington Debrief: CMS Seeks Input on Primary Care Innovations

February 23, 2015     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
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...

Washington Debrief: Examining the Latest Meaningful Use Announcement

February 9, 2015     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy and Leslie Krigstein, Director of Congressional Affairs
In light of the latest Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcement concerning meaningful use, CHIME’s Public Policy team will host a webinar on Feb 12, 2015 at noon ET. The webinar will also provide an outlook for major policy drivers in...
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