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Vermont HIE Focuses on Data Quality to Power ACOs

February 7, 2016  |  David Raths
The Vermont HIE, has made a concerted effort to improve data quality and to be a more valuable source of analytics data for the state’s three accountable care organizations.

The 2016 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards: Second Place Winner—Scottsdale Health Partners

February 3, 2016  |  Heather Landi
As a result of a data-driven, multidisciplinary initiative, Scottsdale Health Partners has streamlined its care coordination program, resulting in some remarkable enterprise-wide achievements with reducing hospital readmission rates among its patients.

When It Comes to ACO Requirements, Yes: The Devil Really Always Is in the Details

January 29, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
The announcement this week by senior CMS officials of a new proposed rule around requirements for the MSSP program offers hope that CMS officials will also consider reworking some similar Pioneer ACO Program elements

Grant Funding to Support 10 Multi-Sector Data-Sharing Projects

January 29, 2016  |  David Raths
Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has awarded 10 grants, totaling $2 million, to support projects that improve health through multi-sector data sharing collaborations.

Survey: ACOs Challenged by Health IT Integration, Few Use Single EHR

January 29, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Many accountable care organizations (ACOs) are wrestling with challenges related to health information technology integration and the effectiveness of health IT support tools, according to a study by the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute.

CMS Announces Significant Changes to the MSSP Program Via a New Proposed Rule

January 29, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
On Thursday, CMS officials took a significant step in changing some of the requirements for ACOs under the Medicare Shared Savings Program, via a new proposed rule

SCIO Health Analytics Acquires Competitor Clear Vision

January 28, 2016  |  Heather Landi
SCIO Health Analytics has acquired Westlake Village, Calif.-based Clear Vision Information Systems, a vendor that specializes in risk adjustment and quality metric analytics for health plans and providers. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

U.S. Ambulatory EHR Market Projected to Grow 30 Percent by 2020

January 22, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The hospital electronic health record (EHR) market is mature, but there is still potential growth for the ambulatory EHR market, particularly as ambulatory providers increasing adopt health IT due to meaningful use (MU) incentives and in response to ongoing...

Survey: ACOs Still Cite Lack of Interoperability as Biggest Barrier

January 21, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
A recent survey of 68 accountable care organizations (ACOs) found that despite steep investments in health information technology (HIT), ACOs still face interoperability challenges that make it difficult to integrate data across the healthcare continuum.

Consultants Weigh In: The Biggest Health IT Trends to Watch For in 2016

January 21, 2016  |  Heather Landi
2016 already is shaping up to be a very interesting year for healthcare leaders and the health IT landscape. Harold (Hal) Wolf and Daniel Herman with The Chartis Group, a Chicago-based consulting firm, share their perspectives about the health IT trends and...

At the Health IT Summit in San Diego, Pondering What It Will Take to Get to “Patient-Centric”

January 21, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Given that authentic initiatives to make care more patient-centric in the U.S. are still relatively recent, gathering, analyzing, and sharing data to support such efforts will be essential to their success

In the Wake of the Next Generation ACO Reveal: Getting Real About IT and ACOs

January 18, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Industry experts agree: Healthcare leaders participating in the Next Generation ACO Program are going to need to learn to strategically leverage IT as never before


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