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Catching Up with Tim Zoph, and Parsing the Current Inflection Point in U.S. Healthcare

September 19, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Tim Zoph, who has spent decades as a leader in healthcare and healthcare IT, shares his perspectives on where things are headed next in U.S. healthcare—in both the healthcare IT and facilities development spheres, and beyond

Congressional Leaders Exploring Use of Digital Health to Improve Federal Healthcare Programs

September 16, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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During a U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means subcommittee on Health hearing, Congressional leaders sought insights from the healthcare industry on using digital health to cut costs, increase efficiency and improve quality in the healthcare system.

Special Report: As IT Security Concerns Intensify, CIOs and CISOs See a New World

September 15, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Industry experts are agreed: most of the issues that have risen to the top of the list when it comes to IT security threats facing U.S. patient care organizations in the past year or so haven’t really changed; they’ve only intensified.

In the World of Hospital Readmission Rates, There is More than One Story to Tell

September 15, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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CMS revealed data earlier this week pointing to a nationwide reduction in avoidable hospital readmissions. But is there more to the story?

McKesson’s CMO on Transitioning to Value

September 14, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Healthcare Informatics recently interviewed Michael Blackman, M.D., chief medical officer of McKesson Enterprise Information Solutions, about the industry’s shift to value-based care, and how the vendor is best positioning itself.

Diving Into the Deep End of the Pool: A Look at Physician Groups and Risk

September 14, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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As large medical groups from across the U.S. plunge into risk-based contracting, their leaders are finding that success depends on a combination of strategic prowess and the ability to skillfully leverage data analytics and information systems

Researchers’ Look at HIT Development: Are their Perceptions of Co-Development Up to Date?

September 13, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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I read with interest an op-ed article in The New England Journal of Medicine entitled “Accelerating Innovation in Health IT." In critiquing provider-based solutions development, did Dr. David Bates and his fellow researchers get it right?

Making the Next Move in MACRA

September 13, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Last week, CMS announced flexibilities that will ease eligible providers into the MACRA program. Now, the healthcare industry is left to ponder how they will be impacted.

Scottsdale Health Partners’ CMO Explains How His ACO Has Beaten MSSP Expectations

September 11, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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James Whitfill, M.D., chief medical officer at Scottsdale Health Partners in Phoenix (now Innovation Care Partners) shares the innovations that he and his colleagues have employed to earn MSSP Program checks two years in a row

Medicare ACOs in the Trenches: How to Survive in Healthcare’s Changing World (Part 2)

September 9, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In the second part of a two-part series, Healthcare Informatics takes a look at certain Medicare ACOs that are thriving in a care delivery space that has proved difficult for many.

Guest Blog: When Sam Wasn’t Sam

September 9, 2016  |  Mac McMillan
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Let’s look seriously and objectively at the dangers inherent in maintaining current systems of user privileging—and fix the problems now, says CynergisTek’s Mac McMillan

With CMS’s MACRA Announcement, the High-Speed Train Has Already Left the Station for Practicing MDs

September 9, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
The announcement by CMS on Thursday that the agency would not delay the start of the MACRA program and its new requirements, has put Medicare-participating physicians on notice that the policy and reimbursement train has officially left the station

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