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Ready For the New World of Mandatory Bundles? Because the Federal Payment Reform Train Is Clearly on a High-Speed Track Now

July 28, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
HHS’s announcement on July 25 of two new mandatory sets of payment bundles for cardiac care is confirming the emerging reality of Medicare reimbursement for hospitals and doctors going forward

HHS Announces New Mandatory Bundled Payment Models for Cardiac Care, Focusing on MI and CABG

July 25, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Fee-for-service Medicare payment for heart attack care and coronary bypass surgery is about to be transformed, as HHS officials announced today new mandatory bundled payment models for inpatient cardiac care

Survey: 74 Percent of Physician Specialties Saw Increased Compensation in 2015

July 20, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Average physician compensation increased 3.1 percent in 2015, with 74 percent of physician specialties experiencing increases, according to the latest AMGA Medical Group Compensation and Productivity Survey.

Special Report: Faster Analytics at University of Michigan Health System

July 20, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
A five-member Fast Analytics team at University of Michigan Health System has incorporated data visualization software that has changed the game for report generation throughout the organization

Medicare Actuaries: U.S. Healthcare Spending to Soar to $5.631 Trillion and 20.1 Percent of GDP in 2025

July 18, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
The latest estimates of total U.S. healthcare spending, released online on June 17 by Medicare actuaries, point to a worrisome upward trend, with the percentage of U.S. gross domestic product spending on healthcare reaching 20.1 percent by 2025

Survey: Low Physician Awareness, Lack of Preparation for MACRA

July 14, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Half of surveyed physicians have never heard of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), and 32 percent only recognize the name MACRA, according to a new survey by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.

From the Lens of a CIO: Moving Forward on Value-Based Care Efforts Without a Roadmap (Part 1)

July 12, 2016  |  Heather Landi
This past April, CIOs from leading health systems convened at the Scottsdale Institute’s Spring CIO Summit to share the challenges and lessons learned in building clinically integrated networks as part of their organizations’ value-based care efforts.

Florida Hospital’s Breakthrough Around Documentation for Reimbursement and Outcomes Improvement

July 7, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Senior executives at Florida Hospital, Orlando, have been successful in leveraging technology to improve outcomes and case mix, at a time of straitened reimbursement

The Healthcare Informatics 100 Product Breakouts: Financial Information Systems

June 22, 2016  |  the Editors of Healthcare Informatics
As a supplement to the Healthcare Informatics 100, Healthcare Informatics will be revealing its top 5 companies—based on percentage of total health IT revenue—within seven different product categories. First up is Financial Information Systems.

McKesson Considers Merging IT Unit with Change Healthcare, Media Report Says

June 22, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Health information technology (IT) vendor McKesson has held talks about merging its IT unit with healthcare technology company Change Healthcare, according to a Reuters article.

Ships Sailing? Trains Leaving Stations? Whatever Metaphor One Chooses, the New Healthcare Has Definitively Launched

June 21, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Whether one imagines ships sailing or trains leaving stations, one thing is clear: the new healthcare, with all of its data, process, and leadership challenges, seems to be at an inflection point around value-based care delivery and payment

Using Data Analytics to Improve Clinical Performance and Its Reimbursement Outcomes: One Hospital’s Experience

June 20, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
At Butler Health System in Pennsylvania, A. Thomas McGill, M.D., the hospital’s vice president of quality and safety and CIO, is leading an ongoing initiative to leverage data analytics to improve clinical performance—and its resulting reimbursement outcomes


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