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HHS Awards $105 Million to Community Health Centers for Quality Improvement

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded nearly $105 million to 1,333 health centers in all U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia as an investment in quality improvement.

Survey: Healthcare Pros Challenged to Identify, Mitigate Medical Device Security Risks

More than one-third (36 percent) of surveyed professionals in the Internet of Things (IoT)-connected medical device ecosystem say their organizations have experienced a cybersecurity incident in the past year, according to a recent Deloitte poll.

Aledade Announces New Physician-Led ACO in New Jersey

Aledade, a Bethesda, Md.-based company started by Farzad Mostashari, M.D., and focused on physician-led accountable care organizations (ACOs), is forming a new ACO in New Jersey under this model.

AHRQ Calling for Data on Mobile Apps and Technology to Treat Diabetes

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is seeking scientific information from the public regarding mobile health technology for diabetes.

NCQA Offers Comments to CMS on Quality Payment Program 2018 Rule

In comments to CMS, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has offered several suggestions that it thinks the federal agency should consider before writing the final Quality Payment Program rule for 2018.

HHS Proposes Eliminating or Changing Mandatory Bundled Payment Programs

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed eliminating mandatory bundled payment in several areas of healthcare including cardiac care and joint replacement, according to a rule title posted last Thursday.

VA-DoD: Winning the Battle for Interoperability

August 16, 2017  |  Dave Levin, M.D.
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While the VA’s decision to migrate to the same EMR platform as the DoD is a sound one, it will not, in and of itself, solve the interoperability problem

In Pennsylvania, Regional HIEs are Working Competitively—and Collaboratively, Too

August 15, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Leaders of two health information exchanges in Pennsylvania discuss strategies for HIE success, and also how they are collaborating in an increasingly competitive landscape.

Doing the Right Thing in the Era of MACRA: The Role of Care Coordination

August 15, 2017  |  Thomas James, III, M.D.
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In the era of MACRA, providers need to balance reporting requirements, which can be time-consuming, while continuing to put patients first. One of the best ways to do this is to ensure patient care is well coordinated.

Getting Granular on Cybersecurity: Experts Talk Frameworks and Hacks in Philadelphia

August 14, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Healthcare Informatics Health IT Summit Series-Philadelphia, healthcare IT leaders from the government, the provider sector, and the health plan sector shared perspectives on the biggest cybersecurity challenges facing the industry right now

Health IT Analytics: ‘More Time Spent Shoveling Coal Than Steering the Ship’

August 10, 2017  |  David Raths
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As health systems and ACOs establish the infrastructure to provide actionable data to care managers and front-line clinicians, they continue to struggle with messy data, incompatible systems and a lack of automation.

Leveraging Data and Technology to Advance Enterprise-Wide Pharmacy Operations

August 10, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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As the healthcare landscape undergoes accelerating change, almost every clinical and operational area within health systems must evolve to keep pace, including pharmacy operations. One health system is leveraging technology and data to help them better manage...

At the Health IT Summit-Philadelphia, a Frank Discussion of the Challenges around MACRA

August 10, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Health IT Summit in Philadelphia, industry leaders engaged in a bracingly candid discussion of the complexities and challenges around the implementation of the MACRA law and around its requirements for providers

In a Candidate-Driven Market, HIT Hiring Managers Can Still Land Top Talent

August 10, 2017  |  Frank Myeroff, President, Direct Consulting Associates
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It’s no secret that the growth in healthcare technology has been outpacing the talent supply. Here are a few things that organizations can do to help them land top health IT talent.

PODCAST: Health IT Analysts React to Biden, Faulkner, and Patients’ Access to Medical Records

August 9, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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On this latest Healthcare Informatics podcast, two health IT analysts talk about how Judy Faulkner’s comments to Joe Biden landed, what level of access and ownership patients should have over their data, the role of vendors, and more.

Mount Sinai Health System ACO Works on Scalable Approach to Risk Adjustment

August 9, 2017  |  David Raths
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As the Mount Sinai Health System, a hospital network in New York City, moves rapidly into at-risk arrangements with multiple payers, technology and practices to support risk adjustment have become increasingly important.