CMS: 44,000 Have Applied for Hardship Exemption

September 30, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Approximately 44,000 eligible providers (EPs) have applied for a meaningful use exemption, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) confirmed to Healthcare Informatics.

Evolution and Revolution: What Medical Group Leaders Are Learning through their Federal ACO Participation

September 29, 2014     Mark Hagland
Will the current period have been a turning point for medical groups participating in the two federal ACO programs? Medical group leaders share their perspectives

Seeing the Potential in Physician-Led ACOs, Dr. Mostashari Makes a Shift

September 26, 2014     Mark Hagland
Farzad Mostashari, M.D., the former National Coordinator for Health IT, after a brief stopoff at the Brookings Institution, launches a new company to facilitate physician-governed ACOs—and shares his perspectives on physician development of accountable care...

BREAKING NEWS: Medicare’s Pioneer ACO Program Loses Three More Participants

September 25, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal and Mark Hagland
Three more accountable care organizations (ACOs) have dropped out of Medicare's Pioneer ACO program, dropping the total to 19, down from the program’s original 32, according to industry news reports and verified sources.

A Glass Half-Empty Or a Glass Half-Full? Parsing the ACO Evidence in Real-Time

September 21, 2014     Mark Hagland
Is there a proper place on the spectrum between cynicism and optimism at which to rest, when it comes to assessing last week’s publication by CMS of ACO program results?

What Do CMS’s ACO Programs’ Results Really Mean? One Industry Observer’s View

September 20, 2014     Mark Hagland
On Sept. 17, CMS announced results coming out of the Pioneer ACO Program and Medicare Shared Savings Program. The Advisory Board Company’s Tom Cassels has nuanced views on what those results really mean.

CHIME’s Branzell: “A Good Chance” That MU-Related Bill Might Pass

September 17, 2014     Mark Hagland
In an interview with Healthcare Informatics, CHIME president and CEO Russell P. Branzell expressed hope that a bill introduced on Sep. 17 in the U.S. House of Representatives might change the timeframes around Stage 2 meaningful use reporting

Medicare ACO Savings, Quality of Care Improve in Year Two, CMS Reports

September 17, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) in the Pioneer ACO model and Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) have generated more than $372 million in total program savings for Medicare ACOs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced.

CHIME and 16 Other Healthcare IT Associations Call for “Immediate Action” to Amend 2015 EHR Reporting Period

September 16, 2014     Mark Hagland
In a letter to HSS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, CHIME, AMDIS, and 15 other healthcare associations and organizations asked for an immediate adjustment to the 2015 EHR reporting period embodied in the current meaningful use requirements

Clearing the Air on the ICD-10 Transition: AHIMA’s Policy and Coding Leader Speaks Out

September 12, 2014     Mark Hagland
Sue Bowman, Senior Director, Coding, Policy, and Compliance, at the American Health Information Management Association, shares her perspectives on the current moment in the journey towards the ICD-10 transition

Health IT Policy Leaders Seek Clarity: An Extended Look

September 10, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
As an extension of Associate Editor Rajiv Leventhal’s health IT policy piece in the September issue of Healthcare Informatics and posted online last month, legislative experts dig even deeper into the many regulatory issues weighing down the industry.

Washington Debrief: Is Meaningful Use in Danger?

September 8, 2014     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
More groups weighed-in on the new meaningful use (MU) rule, allowing providers to meet MU through alternative pathways in 2014. Concerns mount over full-year EHR reporting period coming Oct. 1, 2014.
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