Medicare/Medicaid

BREAKING: President Obama Signs SGR Repeal Legislation, Shifting Medicare Physician Payment Incentives

April 17, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
article
On Apr. 16, President Obama signed into law a bill that repeals the long-problematic SGR formula for Medicare physician reimbursement, and ushers in a new era in value-based physician payment

Montefiore Leaders Share Insights on Care Coordination Gaps

April 16, 2015   |  John Morrissey
article
To succeed as an accountable care organization, care coordination has to be planned and executed well, with a big assist from healthcare IT, senior leaders from Montefiore Medical Center told their HIMSS15 audience

Waving Goodbye to the Windy City: Five HIMSS15 Takeaways

April 16, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
blog
HIMSS never disappoints when it comes to "buzz," as you would expect when 43,000+ health IT minds gather in one place. While it's always difficult to narrow it down to just a few things, here are my five big takeaways from HIMSS15 in Chicago.

HIMSSanity Boiled Down to One Quote

April 16, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
blog
It’s the end of the road for HIMSS15 and a hectic week in general for health IT followers. How do you put the craziness into words? I think one HIE thought leader did a good job of doing just that.

CMS Announces Star-Rating System for Hospitals

April 16, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
news
Like restaurants, hotels, and movies, hospitals will be judged prominently on a star-rating system, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) latest announcement.

CMS’s Slavitt and ONC’s DeSalvo Offer Clarity on Federal Healthcare IT Policy

April 16, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
article
In prepared remarks and responses to proffered questions at the final keynote session at HIMSS15 in Chicago, Andy Slavitt of CMS and Karen DeSalvo, M.D., of ONC, made starkly clear what they expect of providers going forward—as well as of their own federal...

Analytics Reaches Oncology Practice, and End-Users Anticipate Major Changes

April 16, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
article
As cancer centers become squeezed by policy and reimbursement cross-currents, oncology managers look to analytics for support

Blair Childs: SGR Repeal is a “Game-Changer” for Health IT

April 15, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna and Rajiv Leventhal
article
Industry stakeholders are overwhelmingly praising Congress for passing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, which repealed the Sustainable Growth Rate formula for reimbursing physicians under Medicare.

WEDI CEO Devin Jopp Talks ICD-10 Readiness

April 15, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
article
Healthcare Informatics Senior Editor Gabriel Perna got a chance to discuss at great length with the CEO of WEDI, Devin Jopp, Ed.D on whether the industry is ready for ICD-10 or not

Congress Passes SGR Repeal Legislation, Ushers in New Era in MD Value-Based Payment

April 14, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
article
The U.S. Senate’s passage of the so-called “SGR repeal legislation” will end the never-fully-implemented Sustainable Growth Rate formula for Medicare physician payment, and among other things, will introduce a new Merit-based Incentive Payment Program for MD...

ONC’s First Chief Health Information Officer Says His Number-One Focus Is Interoperability

April 14, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
article
Michael McCoy, M.D., who in January became the first Chief Health Information Officer in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, shares his perspectives on interoperability, meaningful use, and the path ahead in healthcare

ONC’s Newest CMO is a Physician at Heart

April 13, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
article
Thomas Mason, M.D. the new CMO of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), is so dedicated to practicing medicine that even though he shifted to a federal government role six weeks ago, he is still providing care in his spare time. In...
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