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Vermont HIE Focuses on Data Quality to Power ACOs

February 7, 2016  |  David Raths
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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.

MU Lifespan: Good or bad news for imaging?

February 4, 2016  |  Joe Marion
blog
Will changes in ARRA MU impact efforts to expand image accessibility by the patient, and why this would be a bad thing.

15 Communities Work to Share Electronic Health Data Across Sectors

January 21, 2016  |  David Raths
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AcademyHealth, a national organization serving the fields of health services and policy research, has chosen 15 U.S. communities to participate in the Community Health Peer (CHP) Learning Program, designed to expand the sharing and use of electronic health...

A Day of Transitions at ONC

January 20, 2016  | 
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The Jan. 20 joint meeting of the federal Health IT Policy Committee and Health IT Standards Committee saw a changing of the guard, including the departure of the longtime Standards Committee chair John Halamka, M.D., CIO of Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel...

Uncovering Some of the Key HIT Challenges Inherent in ACO Development

January 17, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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The Advisory Board Company's Nicole Latimer parses some of the intense strategic IT-related challenges inherent in moving forward in the accountable care sphere, in the wake of CMS's unveiling of the Next Generation ACO Program

The Demise of Meaningful Use? Not so Fast, Say Industry Leaders

January 15, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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While CMS’s Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt said earlier this week that the meaningful use program will soon be replaced with something better, health IT leaders seem uncertain on if momentous changes are indeed in store.

CMS: 209K Docs to be Hit with MU Penalties in 2016

January 13, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Approximately 209,000 eligible professionals (EPs) will receive cuts in their Medicare payments in 2016 as a result of failing to meet standards set in the meaningful use program, according to recently released data from CMS.

Oregon to Develop Quality Metrics Registry, Provider Directory, Common Credentialing

January 13, 2016  |  David Raths
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The State of Oregon is moving forward on three key projects designed to enhance health IT use and interoperability, according to the January 2016 newsletter of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA)’s Office of Health IT.

CMS’s Andy Slavitt Says Meaningful Use Will Be Over in 2016

January 12, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Although the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently stated that Stage 3 of its meaningful use program will begin as early as 2017, Andy Slavitt, acting CMS Administrator, now says that the program might not be around even that long.

Report: Growth of Connected Health Driven by Chronic Disease Management, Remote Patient Monitoring

January 4, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Healthcare organizations have only seen the tip of the iceberg with connected health, but as more studies emerge demonstrating its role in improving health outcomes, the growth of connected health solutions will be "substantial and swift," the ACT | The...

Commonwealth Fund: Healthcare Systems Improving on Quality, but State-to-State Differences Remain

January 4, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Many states across the U.S. are improving on quality metrics and preventive care, but wide differences among states still persist, according to the Commonwealth Fund’s 2015 state health system scorecard.

Peering Into 2016: Five Major Questions We’d Love to See Answered this Year

January 4, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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U.S. healthcare faces many significant questions, as we begin a new year. Here are five worth pondering.

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