Medicare/Medicaid

Live from the CHIME Fall Forum: Intermountain’s Probst Says It's Time to Declare MU Victory and Move On

October 29, 2014     Mark Hagland
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At the CHIME Fall Forum, being held in San Antonio, Marc Probst, vice president and CIO at Intermountain Healthcare, shares his perspectives on the meaningful use process, and the recent departures at ONC

Live from the CHIME Fall Forum: Board Chair-Elect Chuck Christian on the Meaningful Use Journey

October 29, 2014     Mark Hagland
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Chuck Christian, CIO at St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, Georgia, and board chair-elect of CHIME, discusses meaningful use—his own organization’s journey, and that of the industry as a whole

UPMC CMIO Dan Martich, M.D. on Hospital Obsolescence and Other Hot-Button Thoughts

October 28, 2014     Mark Hagland
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G. Daniel Martich, M.D. CMIO and associate CMO of the UPMC Health System, offers his perspectives on the transformation of U.S. healthcare that he believes is set to become turbocharged

MGMA Research: Medicare Physician Quality Reporting Programs Detract From Patient Care

October 27, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Although physician group practices are actively engaged in internal processes to improve clinical quality for their patients, they are heavily critical of Medicare’s physician quality reporting programs and their impact on patients and practices, according to new...

AMA Urges CMS to Better Align MU, Other Federal Programs

October 27, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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The American Medical Association (AMA) has sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) urging the agency to align federal regulations such as the meaningful use program, the physician quality reporting system (PQRS), and the value-based...

Financial Performance Analysis: One Health System’s Journey So Far

October 26, 2014     Mark Hagland
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At CentraCare Health in Minnesota, CFO Greg Klugherz is helping to lead an organization-wide initiative to understand and improve financial performance across all areas of activity—with the help of sophisticated new tools

The Good News- Bad News Scenario on U.S. Healthcare Spending: Big Numbers, Big Impacts

October 25, 2014     Mark Hagland
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CMS’s new projections on overall U.S. healthcare spending from 2014 through 2023 are alarming—and they should be

Regarding Readmissions, One Healthcare Leader Says Hospitals Are Missing the Obvious

October 23, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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In an effort to reduce avoidable readmissions, many patient care organizations have been implementing post-discharge planning programs. But according to one healthcare expert, this approach is only part of the solution.

HHS Announces $840 Million Initiative for Value-Based Medical Reform

October 23, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced the agency is making a $840 million investment into value-based coordinated care initiatives in an effort to further healthcare reform.

Study Finds Use of Pricing Transparency Tools Associated with Lower Health Costs

October 22, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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The use of health pricing comparison tools was associated with lower payments for clinical services such as advanced imaging and laboratory tests, according to a new research study.

In Manhattan, One Radiology Group Pushes Ahead on Meaningful Use

October 22, 2014     Mark Hagland
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As the meaningful use process evolves forward, many radiology group leaders continue to face questions around MU in the radiological context. But East River Medical Imaging in Manhattan is pushing ahead anyway.

Striving Forward, Atrius Health Focuses on ACO-Driven Learning

October 20, 2014     Mark Hagland
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At Atrius Health, a non-profit alliance of six community-based medical groups in Massachusetts, mastering the ins and outs of the Pioneer ACO Program is part of a long-term strategic plan
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