Medicare/Medicaid

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

GUEST BLOG: Population Health: Are We REALLY Ready for Value-Based Care and Coordination?

October 17, 2014     Linda Lockwood and Michael Garzone
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It’s one thing to say our industry needs to shift from fee-for-service to outcomes-based payment. It’s quite another to get there. Population health has certainly become THE healthcare buzzword, and rightfully so. Early successes show promise in improving the...

CMS Launches New ACO Model Targeting Underserved Areas

October 15, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a new ACO initiative that is designed to encourage new ACOs to form in rural and underserved areas, and current Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs to transition to arrangements with greater...

Washington Debrief: ONC Highlights Interoperability in Annual Report

October 14, 2014     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
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The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) filed their annual report to Congress this week, touting an enhanced focus on interoperability, citing the 10-year road map currently under development.

Pioneer ACO Results: A Big Numbers Salad Right Now

October 10, 2014     Mark Hagland
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What do the first- and second-year Pioneer ACO Program results just published by CMS really mean?

HIMSS Backs CMS’ Decision to Reopen Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Period

October 10, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has backed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)’ decision to reopen the period in which eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals (EHs) can apply for a meaningful use...

One Hospital’s Readmissions Reduction Intervention: Strong Program, Little Impact

October 9, 2014     John DeGaspari
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A recent study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco demonstrates how difficult it is to reduce readmissions—especially given the diverse patient populations served by safety-net hospitals with limited resources. In a telephone interview,...

Washington, DC Panel Members Agree: It’s Early In the ACO Journey

October 9, 2014     Mark Hagland
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As healthcare leaders struggle forward to create accountable care organization structures and processes, industry experts reflect on what’s been learned so far—and what still needs to e learned

CHIME’s Russ Branzell: Only Select Few Benefit from Reopened Hardship Exception Period

October 7, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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In an exclusive interview with Healthcare Informatics, Russell P. Branzell, CEO of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), says that few providers will be able to benefit from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)...

BREAKING: CMS Quietly Reopens MU Hardship Exception Period

October 7, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is reopening the period in which eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals (EHs) can apply for a meaningful use hardship exception, a week after announcing that 44,000 EPs and EHs have already applied...

Readmissions: The Numbers Are In, and They Are Dramatic for Hospitals

October 4, 2014     Mark Hagland
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The folks at the Kaiser Health News service have done a phenomenal job in examining what’s going on with Medicare readmissions penalties on hospitals, and the numbers are in—and they are dramatic for hospital leaders nationwide.

Kaiser Health News Report: Three-Quarters of Hospitals Subject to Readmissions Penalties Are Being Penalized This Year

October 2, 2014     Mark Hagland
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Kaiser Health News is reporting that the Medicare program is fining a record number of hospitals—2,610—for avoidable readmissions, even as readmission rates are dropping nationwide
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