Medicare/Medicaid

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

September 21, 2014     Mark Hagland
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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
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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
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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
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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
news
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
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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
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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
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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.

At Steward Health, All Eyes are on the Population Health Prize

September 7, 2014     Mark Hagland
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Dominique Morgan-Solomon and her colleagues at Steward Health Care System are aggressively pursuing population health and analytics strategies, within and beyond their Pioneer ACO participation

Dr. Gregory Moore: Sharing the Geisinger Perspective on Clinical Transformation

September 4, 2014     Mark Hagland
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Gregory Moore, M.D., Ph.D., the chief emerging technology and informatics officer at the Geisinger Health System, will share the “Geisinger perspective” on clinical transformation, in a keynote address at the Health IT Summit in New York City

Insurers and Provider Organizations Join Healthcare Cost and Quality Transparency Initiative

September 4, 2014     John DeGaspari
news
The Washington-based Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), a not-for-profit organization formed in 2011, has announced that Assurant Health has joined three other health insurance companies—Aetna, Humana and UnitedHealthcare—to collaborate on the development of free...

Physicians Onboard with Pricing Transparency Trend

September 3, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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A survey of physicians reveals that they back a move toward greater transparency in healthcare, specifically pricing and payment data being made public.
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