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CMS Exploring Potential Behavioral Health Payment and Care Delivery Model

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to hold a one-day summit in September to solicit feedback and ideas for a potential behavioral health model to improve access, quality and cost of care for beneficiaries with behavioral health conditions.

MEDITECH to Soon Offer CommonWell Health Alliance Services to Customers

MEDITECH, a Westwood, Mass.-based electronic health record (EHR) vendor, has announced that it is set to offer CommonWell interoperability services early next year.

HITRUST CSF Certification Now Includes NIST Cybersecurity Certification

HITRUST has announced that HITRUST cybersecurity framework (CSF) version 9 enhancements now extend an “assess once, report many” approach as a standard security framework for multiple critical infrastructure industries and includes National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity certification.

Premier: Analytics Helping Hospitals Optimize Blood Use

An analysis of 645 hospitals revealed that comparative data analytics to drive performance improvement has the potential to optimize blood use across numerous diagnoses.

Almost 80 Percent of Clinicians Still Use Hospital-Issued Pagers

A study examining the communication technologies used by hospital-based clinicians found that close to 80 percent (79.8 percent) of clinicians continue to use hospital-provided pagers and 49 percent of those clinicians report they receive patient care-related messages most commonly by pager.

Survey: IT Expenses per Physician Continue to Rise to Nearly $19,000

Information technology (IT) expenses for physician practices are on a slow and steady rise for most practices, and last year, physician-owned practices spent between nearly $2,000 to $4,000 more per FTE physician on IT operating expenses than they did the prior year, according to a recent Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) survey.

In an Evolving Threat Landscape, Healthcare IT Security Leaders Face the Growing Challenge of IoT Devices

July 21, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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During a recent webinar hosted by the Center for Connected Medicine, healthcare IT security thought leaders parsed the challenges of cybersecurity and the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) in an evolving threat environment.

New Perspectives on the Meaning of Success—As MD Group Leaders Forge Ahead Into Risk

July 21, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Sometimes, even a book’s title and book-jacket copy can be riveting. In one case, it reminded me of how pioneering medical groups are transforming their organizations in order to take on financial risk.

At the Health IT Summit in Denver, Parsing the Complexities Around Creating a Cybersecurity Culture

July 20, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Health IT Summit in Denver, healthcare IT leaders and experts discussed the ongoing challenge of creating cultures of security in patient care organizations—and the layers of complexity in executing around that challenge

Will Proposed Changes to the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program Save Safety-Net Hospitals From Further Penalties?

July 20, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Two senior leaders at The BDO Center for Healthcare Excellence & Innovation speak to Healthcare Informatics regarding the impact of a recent CMS rule that could shake up the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program.

At the HIT Summit-Denver, a Robust Discussion of the CIO-CMIO Relationship

July 19, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Health IT Summit in Denver on Tuesday, healthcare IT leaders parsed some of the complexities around leveraging the CIO-CMIO relationship to achieve progress towards clinical and operational transformation

A New C-Level Position Proposed for the Hospital

July 18, 2017  |  David Raths
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Two leaders in primary care are proposing a new hospital role: the chief primary care medical officer.

At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Plunging Ahead into Wearable Technology and Care Redesign

July 18, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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David Levine, M.D., a practicing general internist and research fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital, discusses the use of wearable technology in lieu of inpatient care, and delves into the opportunities, and challenges, of harnessing wearable data.

On Long Island, Allied Physicians Group’s Ambition to Become a Data-Driven Organization

July 18, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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An operational leader at Allied Physicians Group, with 150 pediatricians and 35 office locations, says that in today’s healthcare market, having a broad-based analytics platform is essential.

CHIME Survey Finds Ongoing Disconnect over EHR Data’s Availability to Support Revenue Cycle

July 18, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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A new survey by CHIME and by LeanTaaS finds that, while the leaders of patient care organizations are attempting to leverage data and analytics to improve clinical and financial outcomes, they have not yet found EHR data to be effective in doing so

Charleston Area Medical Center’s Patient Education-Fueled Readmissions Breakthrough

July 15, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Charleston Area Medical Center, clinical and administrative leaders have leveraged their patient education program to make serious inroads in readmissions reduction in important chronic disease areas, including CHF and COPD