A number of San Francisco area providers and Health Net of California, a Woodland Hills-based payer, are forming an accountable care organization (ACO) for University of California (UC) employees living or working in the area. The hospitals joining in this initiative are the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, San Ramon, Calif.-based Hill Physicians Medical Group, and St. Mary’s Medical Center and Saint Francis Memorial Hospital both of San Francisco.
“This accountable care arrangement moves our organizations and the patients we serve into a future where traditional barriers to coordinated, integrated and efficient care can be eliminated, and the focus can be squarely placed on providing what our patients need,” Josh Adler, M.D., chief medical officer, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, said in a statement. “I believe this new model will be a significant step forward for UC employees.”
CMS is extending the deadline for eligible hospitals in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) and Meaningful Use programs to submit their electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data from 2016.
Due to its continued use of IT to improve patient care and reduce costs, Chicago-based NorthShore University HealthSystem has received Stage 7 revalidation on HIMSS’ acute care EMRAM and outpatient EMRAM for its hospitals and associated clinics.
Austin, Tex.-based cybersecurity and privacy consulting firm CynergisTek has been acquired by Auxilio, Inc., a provider of document workflow solutions and IT security services based in Mission Viejo, California, in a deal valued at up to $34.3 million.
The healthcare industry continues to make modest progress toward full adoption of electronic business transactions, but significant gaps remain, representing an opportunity for $9.4 billion in savings, according to new data from the 2016 CAQH Index.