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Employer-Purchasers Get In on the Analytics Act

October 22, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
The HR directors at major U.S. corporations, impatient over the pace of healthcare change, are pushing ahead to leverage analytics to figure out how much value providers and health plans are bringing to the system

Don’t Leave Change to Chance when Implementing an EHR

October 21, 2016  |  Jay Eisenberg, M.D., CMIO, PeaceHealth; Keely Killpack, PhD, Change Management Strategist and Author; Marie Weissman, Senior Advisor, The Chartis Group
The implementation of an EHR is one of the most significant cultural changes a health system can experience because it fundamentally alters the work processes and habits of nearly every individual in the organization.

Imaging IT: “The Cart or the Horse”

October 21, 2016  |  Joe Marion
The 3 main stake holders (Strategy, Clinical, and IT)must come together to create an effective imaging IT solution for multi-facility IDN's

Industry Stakeholders React to ONC Health IT Certification Program Final Rule

October 19, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The American Medical Association (AMA) has released a statement applauding the steps taken by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) to strengthen the monitoring and testing of certified electronic health records (EHRs).

In MACRA Final Rule, Health IT’s Role Looms Large

October 18, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
With the release of the MACRA final rule last week, healthcare leaders quickly turned to look at the regulation’s many provisions that directly relate to the use of certified EHR technology and more broadly, health information technology.

Healthcare Associations, Stakeholders Respond to MACRA Finalized Rule with Cautious Hopefulness

October 17, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The initial reaction from healthcare stakeholders to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Final Rule was one of cautious optimism.

Does CMS Need to Dramatically Rethink Readmissions Reduction?

October 17, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Two new studies published in Health Affairs raise questions about some of the policy assumptions underlying the Medicare program’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program

Survey: Many Nurses Still Use Manual-Based Staffing, Scheduling Tools

October 13, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Eighty percent of nurse managers are not aware of technology-enabled solutions designed to help with managing and solving scheduling and staffing problems, according to a recent survey conducted by AMN Healthcare.

Can Medicare ACOs Learn from Commercial ACOs?

October 13, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
It was fascinating to read a new analysis from Commonwealth Fund researchers that looked at differences between commercial and government-sponsored ACOs in terms of making progress in key areas around accountable care development

Brookings Fellow on MIPS: “It’s an Open Invitation to Cheating”

October 12, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
As the healthcare industry continues to await the MACRA final rule, expected to drop any day now, discussion around some of the proposed rule’s core health IT elements, and how they will affect participating physicians, have begun to heat up.

KLAS: Interoperability among Different EMRs Nearly Non-Existent

October 12, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Only 6 percent of healthcare providers reported that information accessed from exchange partners on a different electronic medical record (EMR) is delivered in an effective way that facilitates improvement to patient care, according to KLAS’ Interoperability...

Diving into Healthcare’s Data Blocking Enigma

October 11, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
A recent conversation with the notable Dr. Farzad Mostashari left me further pondering one of the core issues in health IT right now.


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