Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

When Clinical Transformation and Technological Change Come Down to Process and Cultural Change

April 15, 2014     Mark Hagland
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Achieving the Triple Aim—the idea of improved quality, enhanced patient engagement and satisfaction, and improved cost-effectiveness in healthcare—will inevitably involve a great deal of process, cultural and technological effort, agreed members of a panel...

Washington Debrief: ONC Looks to Pivot HITPC Work In Support of Future ONC

April 14, 2014     Jeff Smith, Director of Public Policy at CHIME
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ONC asked the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) to consider a new work plan, which would reform several workgroups for future policy development.

Anthem Blue Cross, MemorialCare Medical Form ACO

April 11, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Anthem Blue Cross and MemorialCare Medical Foundation, the physician division of the Calif.-based MemorialCare Health System, have announced that they are collaborating to form an accountable care organization (ACO) focused on providing coordinated treatment for...

KLAS: Third-Party Vendors Outperform EMRs for Meeting Physician-Led ACO Needs

April 10, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Third-party accountable care organization (ACO) vendors are outperforming electronic medical record (EMR) vendors when it comes to meeting the needs of physician-led ACOs, according to the latest report from the Orem, Utah-based KLAS research.

“Flight Patterns” for Physicians Leading ACOs: Dr. Mostashari Shares Critical Success Factors

April 5, 2014     Mark Hagland
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The American Journal of Managed Care recently published an online commentary from Farzad Mostashari, M.D., and James A. Colbert, M.D., focused on ”Four Key Technologies" for physician-led ACOs—with major implications for healthcare IT leaders

Enabling Independent Physicians to Hit Quality and Cost Goals

March 27, 2014     John DeGaspari
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Independent physicians are under the same mandates as their employed counterparts to offer the best possible care for their patients at the lowest possible costs. Yet independent practices often lack the IT infrastructure and tools to achieve those goals. In...

When Technology Is the Follower—and Leadership Is… Well, the Leader

March 26, 2014     Mark Hagland
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A panel discussion held March 26 during the iHT2 Health IT Summit in San Francisco helped to underscore how vision, leadership, and strategy need to come first in informing IT strategy and implementation

Strategy, IT, and Culture Change: Industry Experts Weigh In on the Volume-To-Value Transition

March 25, 2014     Mark Hagland
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In making the shift from primarily fee-for-service-based payment to value-based payment and a population health focus, a complex interplay of strategy, culture change, and IT deployment will be involved, agreed a panel of experts

Policy Perspective: Francois de Brantes’ Contrarian View on Provider Aggregation

March 21, 2014     Mark Hagland
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As the U.S. healthcare system moves forward more and more deeply into the arena of quality-based purchasing and pay-for-performance, Francois de Brantes of the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute says the key to true health system reform lies in...

Michigan ACO Expands, Doubles in Size

March 21, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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More than 2,900 Michigan doctors have joined POM ACO, a joint venture of the U-M Health System and eight other physician groups that started in 2013. The move more than doubles the size of the ACO.

New England Health System Establishes Infrastructure for Employee Population Health

March 18, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Hospitals and health systems are a target-rich environment for lowering costs and improving health because the costs associated with employee health benefits are higher. One health system in New England is using analytics to manage the health of their employee...
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