Glass Half-Empty, Half-Full, or Opaque? CMS Spins the New ACO Numbers

August 26, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
With the release of the latest results coming out of the MSSP and Pioneer ACO Programs, CMS officials choose unnecessarily to spin the numbers—when in fact, being frank about the challenges would have been better for everyone

Can Healthcare IT Leaders Beat the Expectations Game with Good Governance?

August 21, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
Good governance, industry leaders participating in a panel at iHT2-Seattle agreed, naturally emerges out of strategic vision-driven clarity in every organization

Execs Tell Interoperability Task Force to Focus on Use Cases

August 15, 2015   |  David Raths
On Aug. 14, an array of stakeholders told a Health IT Policy Committee task force that an overly broad approach focused on the concept of interoperability as a common good is less likely to succeed than one targeting specific use cases where financial...

National Quality Forum Urges Providers Forward on Data and Analytics in Healthcare

August 14, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
The National Quality Forum publishes a white paper analyzing how U.S. healthcare organizations can better leverage data to improve care delivery and support health system change

ONC, AHA Present Findings on Hospital Data Exchange

August 13, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Nearly all hospitals have the infrastructure to exchange data, yet just 25 percent of hospitals nationwide are finding, sending, receiving and using data electronically, according to a report from the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Office of the...

Commonwealth Fund Finds Mixed Views of PCPs Towards New Payment Models

August 13, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
The Commonwealth Fund's new brief finds mixed views among PCPs of new payment models, including ACOs and PCMHs—but more positive perceptions of healthcare IT

Washington Debrief: IPPS Final Rule Includes Reporting Period Changes, eCQM Submission in 2016

August 10, 2015   |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
CMS has issued its hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule for fiscal year 2016, which will increase rates by 0.9 percent after accounting for inflation and other adjustments required by law.

CHIME Pushes Congress to Address Stage 3 Meaningful Use Problems

August 3, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
CHIME interim vice president of public policy Leslie Krigstein speaks with HCI’s Mark Hagland about the complex set of issues the association is hoping to get Congress to address around Stage 3 of meaningful use and interoperability

ONC Doles Out $38M to Help with Interoperability, Population Health

July 28, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced that it is awarding $38 million in funding to 20 entities to help build on three health IT programs centered on interoperability, population health, and workforce...

AHRQ to Fund Clinical Decision Support Learning Network

July 13, 2015   |  David Raths
The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) plans to launch an initiative to disseminate and implement patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) findings through clinical decision support (CDS) at the point of care.

With Core Shifts in Medical Practice Patterns Coming, Time for Healthcare Informaticists to Gear Up

July 10, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
Current trends in medical practice patterns and in the world of organized medicine speak to the challenges facing healthcare informaticists going forward

BREAKING: President Obama Nominates Andy Slavitt to Permanent CMS Administrator Post

July 9, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
On Thursday, July 9, President Obama asked the U.S. Senate to confirm Andy Slavitt, who has been serving as Acting Administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, as permanent Administrator of that agency
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