Medicare/Medicaid

Premier’s Damore: With the Right Help, ACOs Are Moving in the Right Direction

August 28, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
article
As new Medicare Pioneer ACO and MSSP program results are released, Premier, Inc.’s Joe Damone shares insights on Premier ACO Collaborative members’ progress across several areas of endeavor

Glass Half-Empty, Half-Full, or Opaque? CMS Spins the New ACO Numbers

August 26, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
blog
With the release of the latest results coming out of the MSSP and Pioneer ACO Programs, CMS officials choose unnecessarily to spin the numbers—when in fact, being frank about the challenges would have been better for everyone

Medicare ACOs Produce $411M in Savings in 2014, Many Fall Short of Bonuses

August 26, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
In total, 353 Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs) generated more than $411 million in net savings in 2014, although many of those ACO organizations did not generate enough savings to receive bonuses, according to an Aug. 25 announcement from CMS.

Washington Debrief: Five Weeks until ICD-10, CMS Announces National Call

August 24, 2015   |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
article
The Medicare Learning Network is hosting a national call for medical, billing and administrative staff on August 27 to offer final advice for the transition to ICD-10 coding.

Readmissions Penalties Get Very, Very Real

August 23, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
blog
As the mandatory readmissions reduction program under Medicare expands and ramps up, hospital leaders need to ramp up with it—or face dire consequences

Can Healthcare IT Leaders Beat the Expectations Game with Good Governance?

August 21, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
blog
Good governance, industry leaders participating in a panel at iHT2-Seattle agreed, naturally emerges out of strategic vision-driven clarity in every organization

At iHT2-Seattle, Analytics as a Transformational Change Agent in Care Delivery

August 18, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
article
In Seattle, healthcare leaders addressed a spectrum of issues facing the industry as patient care organizations begin to leverage analytics capabilities for population health and accountable care purposes

Knowing the Enemy, Knowing Ourselves: Mac McMillan Challenges HIT Leaders on Data Security

August 17, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
article
Data security guru Mac McMillan challenges attendees at the CHIME Lead Forum-Seattle to rethink what he sees as healthcare’s historical complacency around data security in a landscape of accelerating threats

Could Well-Implemented IT Help Reverse Primary Care Physicians’ Skepticism Over the New Healthcare?

August 17, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
blog
The results of a recent Commonwealth Fund survey point to both opportunity and risk facing healthcare IT leaders when it comes to end-user acceptance of IT for ACOs and PCMHs

Commonwealth Fund Finds Mixed Views of PCPs Towards New Payment Models

August 13, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
article
The Commonwealth Fund's new brief finds mixed views among PCPs of new payment models, including ACOs and PCMHs—but more positive perceptions of healthcare IT

Washington Debrief: IPPS Final Rule Includes Reporting Period Changes, eCQM Submission in 2016

August 10, 2015   |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
article
CMS has issued its hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule for fiscal year 2016, which will increase rates by 0.9 percent after accounting for inflation and other adjustments required by law.

Senior Healthcare Consultant on MU: Providers Need More Breathing Room

August 7, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
In recent weeks, it has become clear the health IT industry wants answers regarding the meaningful use program. Jason Fortin, senior advisor at Impact Advisors, breaks down what is in store for the program and if providers will ultimately get what they want.
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