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HIMSS Preview: How R.I. HIE Expanded Real-Time Notifications

February 17, 2017  |  David Raths
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The Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI) is expanding the statewide HIE's capacity to deliver real-time notifications for care transitions from and to emergency departments and hospitals for providers' attributed patients.

5 Things That Will Derail Your Project This Year

February 15, 2017  |  Pete Rivera
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Success only comes with the “Constancy of Purpose” tied to the organizational Mission. If it doesn’t help the Mission, then why are you doing it?

Innovator Semi-Finalist Team: CHOC Children’s Improves Asthma Outcomes through Population Health

February 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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At CHOC Children's, a pediatric asthma population health initiative has produced impressive results so far. For this innovative work, Healthcare Informatics have named CHOC Children’s as a semi-finalist winner in this year's Innovator Awards Program.

How a Virtual Scribe Can Enhance the Doctor-Patient Relationship

February 2, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In Texas, one internist is seeing improved documentation and better patient satisfaction as a result of new virtual scribe technology.

Study: External Incentives Accelerate Health IT Adoption among Small Primary Care Practices

January 26, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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A recent study examining the adoption and use of health information technology by small primary care physician practices found that external incentives, such as those practices participating in pay-for-performance programs and participating in public reporting of...

Aledade Gets $20M More in Funding with Eyes on Value-Based Care

January 10, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Aledade, a Bethesda, Md.-based company focused on physician-led accountable care organizations (ACOs), has announced that it has raised another $20 million in funding.

For High-Risk Patients: ‘A Medical Home Within A Medical Home’

January 7, 2017  |  David Raths
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Partners HealthCare offers patients with multiple chronic conditions access to specialized resources including mental health, community resources expertise, pharmacy, and palliative care. Analytics and IT tools support the effort.

How HIOs Can Support Ambulatory Providers With MIPS Reporting

December 29, 2016  |  David Raths
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Regional health information organizations can provide more value in 2017 by offering providers reporting help with CMS’ Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

GAO Report to Congress: New Medicare Payment Models Prove Frustrating for Small Practices

December 13, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A review of literature and CMS documents by the Government Accountability Office has identified various challenges faced by small and rural physician practices when participating in Medicare's new payment models.

Editor’s Notes: Thinking about “The Genius In All of Us”—and MDs’ Current Challenges

November 16, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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I’ve been absorbed lately in an intriguing book called “The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and IQ Is Wrong”—and thinking about its conclusions in the context of the current moment in healthcare

Cedars-Sinai’s Weingarten: Massive Payment Change Puts Spotlight on CDS

November 12, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Health IT Summit in Beverly Hills, Scott Weingarten, M.D., chief clinical transformation officer at Cedars-Sinai Health, talked about the tools and strategies that physicians will need in the new payment environment

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

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