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On the Way Home from Orlando: My HIMSS17 Takeaways

February 23, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
commentary
What were the biggest lessons learned at HIMSS17?

At HIMSS17, Marc Probst Again Urges for End of Meaningful Use

February 21, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
In an exclusive interview with Healthcare Informatics, Intermountain CIO Marc Probst discusses the health IT industry's most pressing issues, and says that federal officials should do away with Meaningful Use.

Live From HIMSS17: Former CMS Administrators Slavitt, McClellan on the Future of Value-Based Care Reform Efforts

February 20, 2017  |  Heather Landi
article
During a fireside chat session at HIMSS17 Monday afternoon, former CMS Administrators Andy Slavitt and Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., shared their perspectives on the path ahead for healthcare reform and health policy, and the health IT industry’s role in moving...

Federal Government Affirms $100M in Funding to Help Small Practices with Quality Payment Program

February 17, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has affirmed the awarding of approximately $20 million to 11 organizations for the first year of a five-year program to provide on-the-ground training and education about the Quality Payment Program.

Partnership in North Carolina Aims to Provide Hospitals Advanced Readmissions Data

February 17, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
The North Carolina Hospital Association (NCHA), based in Cary, N.C., announced a partnership with Forecast Health, a Durham-based data analytics company, to provide hospitals in the state with predictive data about their readmissions rates and whether they are at...

Seema Verma, CMS Administrator Nominee, Discusses MACRA, M.D. Burden in First Senate Hearing

February 16, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
Seema Verma, President Donald Trump’s choice to run CMS, emphasized access to healthcare coverage, patient-centered care, and moving important healthcare decisions away from the government in her first Senate hearing for her nomination, held on Feb. 16.

Medicare Actuaries: U.S. Healthcare Spending Will Rise to $5.548 Trillion and 19.9 Percent of GDP in 2025

February 15, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Under current law, national health expenditures are projected to grow at an average annual rate of 5.6 percent over the next decade and increase to 19.9 percent of gross domestic product by 2025, according to a study authored by Medicare actuaries.

Flying Down to Orlando: This Year, Could HIMSS Be Different from in Years Past?

February 15, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
At this pivotal moment in U.S. healthcare and in the evolution of healthcare information technology, there’s never been a better moment to explore insights and innovations at the annual HIMSS Conference

Survey: Only One-Third of Health Systems Report Physicians Ready for MACRA

February 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
A new Health Catalyst/Peer60 survey reveals varying degrees of readiness among health systems for upcoming Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) reporting requirements as only 35 percent of hospital executives report having a strategy in...

Healthcare Coalition Sends Secretary Price Principles to Improve CMMI

February 14, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
The Healthcare Leaders for Accountable Innovation in Medicare, a coalition of organizations from across the healthcare spectrum, has provided new HHS Secretary Tom Price and congressional leaders a set of principles to guide Center for Medicare and Medicaid...

Deloitte Leader Ponders Healthcare’s Post-ACA Landscape

February 13, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
Mitch Morris, M.D., recently spoke with Healthcare Informatics about the post-election healthcare landscape and how the future of value-based care looks with the new administration at the helm.

MGMA to New HHS Chief: Health IT Regulations Must be Simplified

February 13, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
MGMA is urging just-confirmed HHS Secretary Tom Price, M.D., to “significantly reduce the regulatory burden on physician practices” by mitigating or eliminating various health IT regulatory requirements.

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