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Research: Private-Payer ACOs Larger, More Advanced than Public Counterparts

December 22, 2014
The perception that most accountable care organizations (ACOs) are following Medicare’s lead might be inaccurate, according to recent research.

Report: U.S. Caregivers Use Digital Health Tools

December 22, 2014
More than 40 percent of caregivers in U.S. broadband households currently use a digital health device as part of their caregiving routine, including 8 percent who use online tools to coordinate their efforts, according to a new report from market researcher Parks Associates.

Electronic Health Record Association Underscores Support for Interoperability

December 19, 2014
The HIMSS EHR Association has reiterated its position that the federal government’s focus on interoperability is appropriate, and supports that more measurement and evaluation in this area.

UC Davis Doc Gets Grant to Study Telemedicine in EDs

December 19, 2014
A grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will fund an investigation that will look at how telemedicine consultations in emergency departments impact clinical outcomes, including cost effectiveness.

Technophobia May Keep Seniors from Using Apps to Manage Diabetes

December 19, 2014
Despite showing interest in web or mobile apps to help manage their Type 2 diabetes, only a small number of older adults actually use them, says a new study from the University of Waterloo in Ontario. Approximately 2.2 million Canadians are living with Type 2 diabetes, 2 million of whom are age 50 or older.

CareTech Solutions Acquired by HTC Global Services

December 19, 2014
A pair of Troy, Mich.-based companies merged this week, when HTC Global Services, which provides general IT software and services, got into the healthcare market with an acquisition of CareTech Solutions.

CMS: 257K EPs Hit With MU Penalties; AMA Calls the Number “Dismal”

December 18, 2014
Approximately 257,000 eligible professionals will face penalties under the meaningful use program in 2015 for failing to meet requirements of the EHR incentive program, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

George Washington University Cancer Institute to Launch Patient Engagement Center

December 18, 2014
The George Washington University Cancer Institute received $150,000 from a closing nonprofit to support and start up a patient engagement center.

In Letter to HHS, Congresswoman Continues Push for Stage 2 Reporting Flexibility

December 18, 2014
Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) continues to remain committed to easing the Stage 2 meaningful use reporting requirements, writing a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell asking her to shorten the 2015 reporting period for the program.

Cleveland Clinic Recognized With Stage 7 Ambulatory Award

December 17, 2014
HIMSS Analytics, the research arm of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), has recognized the Cleveland Clinic Health System with its Stage 7 Ambulatory Award.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Signs Value-Based Care Agreements with Six Hospital Systems

December 17, 2014
Six Michigan health systems have signed new value-based reimbursement agreements with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM). To date, 18 Michigan hospital systems, including 71 hospitals, have adopted this innovative payment model.

VA, IBM to Pilot Watson-Based CDS Study

December 17, 2014
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM Corporation are joining together to conduct a two-year pilot that will assess clinical decision support through the use of Watson technology.

Survey Reveals Both Common Ground and Gaps between Patient and Provider Outlooks on Healthcare

December 17, 2014
Both providers and consumers feel some degree of anxiety about the future of healthcare, according to a study released today by Booz Allen Hamilton and Ipsos Public Affairs.

HHS Announces $665 Million in Funding to States for New Care Model Initiatives

December 16, 2014
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is dishing out $665 million in Affordable Care Act-based funding across 28 states, three territories, and the District of Columbia to spur the implementation of new care models.

American Well Receives $80 Million in Funding

December 16, 2014
Boston-based telehealth vendor, American Well has raised $80 million in funding and added various investors to its ownership team.
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