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Health Affairs: ACOs with High Numbers of Minority Patients Struggle in Quality

January 12, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Accountable care organizations (ACOs) that have a high proportion of minority patients were associated with low scores on about three-fourths of Medicare quality performance measures, according to new research published in Health Affairs.

CMS Innovation Center Report to Congress Touts Achievements Despite its Ambiguous Future

January 6, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In a report to Congress, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation touted its accomplishments over the past six years as it relates to healthcare delivery system reform.

Report: What Providers Are Learning About Connecting with their Communities

January 6, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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When it comes to making connections with communities in order to improve the health status of their members, provider leaders are learning which strategies are essential to success, The Advisory Board Company reports

OIG Identifies Vulnerabilities in CMS’ Deployment of MACRA

December 29, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Department of Health and Human Service’s (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has identified two vulnerabilities related to MACRA that the department says CMS must address.

CMIO/CHIO Summit: Managing Clinical Decision Support and Improving Workflow

December 27, 2016  |  Trudy Millard Krause, UTHealth School of Public Health
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Twenty CMIOs and CHIOs of leading health systems gathered in Chicago this past fall to share best practices and lessons learned regarding clinical decision support and improving clinical work flow.

Five Health IT Trends I’m Looking Forward to in 2017

December 22, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Here are five broad health IT trends that I am looking forward to reporting on in 2017

HHS Finalizes New Medicare Alternative Payment Models

December 21, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has finalized new Medicare alternative payment models around cardiac and orthopedic care, as well as the agency’s Medicare accountable care organization (ACO) Track 1+ Model.

Yes, They’re Making It Happen: How Healthcare Leaders Found Their Way Forward in 2016

December 20, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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As the pace of change across healthcare accelerates seemingly by the day, the pioneers of U.S.—and international—healthcare, are showing that transformational change is not only possible—it’s happening now

Washington Debrief: Congress Adjourns for the Year, 115th Congress Sworn in Jan. 3

December 20, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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Members of Congress have left town for the year, and the 115th Congress will take their places on January 3, 2017.

CHIME Calls on CMS for More MACRA Relief

December 19, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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CHIME is calling on federal officials to lessen the MACRA burden for eligible Medicare physicians through a variety of means.

Crossing the Atlantic—and Embracing this Global Moment in Healthcare

December 15, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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It was great to attend the World of Health IT Conference in Barcelona last month, and to get to know European healthcare leaders, and to be reminded of the universality of the challenges and opportunities in this global moment in healthcare

CMS Expands Advanced APM Opportunities as Stakeholders Push for Track 1+ Details

December 15, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Beginning in January and February 2017, CMS will now officially open applications for new rounds of two CMS Innovation Center models for the 2018 performance year—for new practices and payers in the CPC+ model and new participants in the Next Generation ACO model.

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