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The Dawn of Consumerism: Key trends and strategies for healthcare consumerism

October 6, 2017  |  David V. Gallegos, SVP, Consulting Services, Change Healthcare Consulting
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Reducing costs and improving quality are the two prevailing objectives behind most healthcare initiatives. However, one leg of the proverbial stool that doesn’t get much attention are the efforts to improve the patient experience. Healthcare in the United...

Readmissions Readjustment: Time to Think Carefully about Any Impacts on Safety-Net Hospitals

October 24, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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A new study in The New England Journal of Medicine is shedding light on some of the complexity around Medicare’s readmissions reduction program, and reinforcing the importance of federal officials’ exercising very good discernment going forward

Survey: Most Providers Say Interoperability by 2020 Not Attainable with Current Federal Policies

October 20, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The majority of healthcare providers (71 percent) believe that current federal polices, committees and regulations are not sufficient to help the country attain meaningful health IT interoperability by 2020.

A CIO Explores Dallas-Fort Worth’s Biggest HIT Challenges, Opportunities

October 18, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Pamela McNutt, a veteran CIO with 30 years of experience in health IT, discusses how CIOs can help reduce physician burnout, and what innovation she’s seeing these days in the Dallas region.

Reports: Ex-Pharma Exec Alex Azar Emerges as Trump’s Top Pick for HHS Secretary

October 18, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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President Donald Trump could be on the verge of tapping Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical industry executive and George W. Bush administration official, as the next HHS Secretary, according to media reports.

New CMS Data on ACOs: Maybe Not a High-Speed Train, But a Train Nonetheless

October 17, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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CMS’s release last week of data from the Pioneer and Next Gen ACO programs revealed genuine progress being made among participating ACOs—with lots of opportunity for ongoing improvements, of course

CMS Releases 2016 Next Generation ACO Data with Positive Financial, Quality Results

October 16, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released results from year one of its Next Generation ACO model, revealing that 61 percent of program participants were able to earn shared savings last year.

Healthcare Associations to Congress: Extend MACRA Flexibilities by Three More Years

October 16, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Several prominent healthcare associations and medical societies have written a letter to leading members of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, proposing to continue current MACRA flexibilities for an additional three years.

One Healthcare RCM Leader Shares his Perspectives on Navigating the Shifting Landscape

October 16, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Brian Sanderson, managing principal of Crowe Horwath LLP healthcare services group, discusses strategies for CFOs to navigate the shifting landscape around revenue cycle management and reimbursement.

With the Future of CMMI in Dynamic Flux, One Federal Advocacy Leader Shares His Perspectives

October 13, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Like leaders of other healthcare professional associations, Blair Childs of Premier Inc. has been carefully watching what’s been happening with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), as CMMI’s payment innovation work remains an industry focus

Analysis: Track 1 ACOs Set for Positive MIPS Payment Adjustments

October 12, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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An analysis by the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations revealed that 2017 Track 1 ACOs are likely to score well above the MIPS performance threshold, and most above the MIPS exceptional performance threshold.

Survey: 73 Percent of Physicians Prefer Fee-for-Service Models

October 12, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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A survey of 980 physicians by New York City-based Bain and Company, a management consulting firm, found resistance among physicians to the transition to value-based care and payment models, and 60 percent said it will be more difficult to deliver high-quality...
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