Survey: Provider Finance Departments Not Ready for Value-Based Contracts

June 30, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Only 15 percent say of finance departments at healthcare providers say they have the “very sophisticated” capabilities to support capitation, bundled payments, and quality-based payments that account for an increasingly larger component of revenue, according to...

Under Healthcare Reform, Where Do Practicing Physicians Go From Here?

June 30, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
Physicians in all settings in U.S. healthcare—private practice, medical group management, and association leadership—are living through the inevitably messy transition to the new healthcare

Obstacles Ahead: One OB/Gyn’s Skeptical Views on Healthcare Reform

June 29, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
As a result of the federal government’s push towards a value-based healthcare system, providers are being pushed to be part of alternative payment models such as ACOs. Nonetheless, research shows that physicians remain uncertain about the structure and...

Washington Debrief: ONC’s Funding Maintained at Same Level in FY2016

June 29, 2015   |  Leslie Krigstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy
The House and Senate both put forth appropriations bills that maintained ONC’s current funding level through FY2016, approximately $60.4 million. The bills also maintained the prohibition of a national health identifier.

House Committee Votes to Eliminate AHRQ

June 25, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
The House Appropriations Committee voted in favor of a bill that would eliminate the Health & Human Services’ (HHS) Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ), a research agency that has long been disliked by some members of Congress.

ONC’s Michael McCoy, M.D. at AMDIS: Information-Blocking for Proprietary Reasons Is “Just Wrong”

June 24, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
Health information blocking was a highlighted subject of the presentation given by ONC chief health information officer Michael McCoy, M.D. June 24 at the annual AMDIS Physician-Computer Connection Symposium

Cedars-Sinai’s Scott Weingarten, M.D. on the Hard Work—and Vision—of Clinical Transformation

June 24, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
On the eve of the annual AMDIS conference, Scott Weingarten, M.D., of Cedars-Sinai Health System talks about the hard work—and the vision—of true clinical transformation

What Margo Channing Would Say About the Current Instability in Health Plan Business Activity—And Why CIOs Should Worry

June 23, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
As we enter a period of unprecedented instability in health insurer business activity, many of the best-laid plans of healthcare IT leaders are at practical risk

Survey: Physician Practices Still Lagging With ICD-10 Prep, Testing

June 22, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Provider organizations have completed many key steps in the ICD-10 implementation process, but are still lag behind in testing, according to a new survey from the eHealth Initiative and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Study: Americans Hungry for Healthcare Pricing Data

June 18, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
Consumers want more healthcare pricing data to help them make more informed choices, according to the findings of a recent study.

ICD-10 Coalition Attacks Recent “Safe Harbor” Bills

June 18, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
This week, the Coalition for ICD-10, a broad-based healthcare industry advocacy group, slammed two bills introduced into Congress that would create a “safe harbor” for physicians as they transition to the new coding set. Database Consumer Data Retention Draws Privacy Concerns

June 17, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
News reports cite the concerns of data privacy advocates over the long-term retention of consumers’ personal data in the database supporting
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