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Change Healthcare Announces “Enterprise Blockchain for Healthcare” Solution

September 25, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Nashville-based Change Healthcare today announced the first blockchain solution for enterprise-scale use in healthcare, according to its officials.

Wisconsin Health System, Agnesian Healthcare, Sues Cerner for $16M in Losses

September 25, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Agnesian Healthcare Inc., a health system based in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, filed a lawsuit against Cerner Corp. for breach of warranty and fraud after claiming issues in its billing software resulted in losses of more than $16 million, according to reporting by...

How Natural Language Processing is Helping to Revitalize Physician Documentation

September 25, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In our September/October cover story, experts discuss how leading healthcare organizations are finding ways to preserve the patient narrative in the note for all care team members involved.

Study: Telemedicine Can Lower Costs for Health Systems by $24 per Patient

September 22, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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A new study of telemedicine visits by Nemours Children's Health System found that patients and families who use telemedicine for sports medicine appointments saved an average of $50 in travel costs and 51 minutes in waiting and visit time. Each telemedicine...

At ATLAS Conference, Experts Analyze the Wide-Ranging Implications of Health Policy

September 19, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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At the ATLAS conference, thought leaders discussed the current health policy landscape and how patient access, evolving care delivery models, and innovation all could be impacted.

RCM Technology Companies Navicure, ZirMed Announce Merger

September 19, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Healthcare revenue cycle management technology companies Navicure, based in Duluth, Georgia, and Louisville, Kentucky-based ZirMed announced last week that they have signed a definitive agreement to combine companies.

Lack of Good Data an Obstacle to Healthcare Cost Transformation Efforts

September 18, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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More than 50 percent of hospitals and health systems do not have an adequate cost reduction goal in place, and a lack of good data and insight into costs may be the primary reason for the low-cost reduction goals and limited progress at organizations, according...

HIEs Could Help Cut Billions in Medicare Spending, New Research Finds

September 18, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Health information exchanges (HIEs) have the potential to cut billions in Medicare spending, particularly in those healthcare markets that have established HIE infrastructures, according to new research.

PODCAST: Consultant Says MACRA is Here and it’s Time to Get Familiar

September 18, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In this 15-minute podcast, consultant Michael Abrams discusses what he’s seeing and hearing as it relates to clinician readiness for MACRA, and what advice he’s offering clients who are still feeling uneasy about the QPP.

Top Hospitals Leverage Data Analytics to Reduce Supply Expenses, Study Finds

September 14, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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U.S. hospitals could reduce annual supply expenses by approximately $23 billion in aggregate through improvements in supply chain operations, processes, and product use, according to new research from Chicago-based Navigant Consulting.

Specialty Practices Not Ready for MACRA, Survey Finds

September 6, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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One hundred percent of specialty physicians indicated that they have not yet fully grasped MACRA’s impact on their practices, according to a recent survey from West Palm Beach, Fla.-based vendor Integra Connect.

Survey: Wait Times Down, Patient Portal Use Up at Medical Practices

September 1, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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U.S. medical practices report that wait times have improved by five minutes from last year, down to an average of 20 minutes total between the waiting area and the exam room. For hospital-owned practices specifically, that number goes down to an average of 17...

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