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A Framework for the Future: 3 Steps to Building an Enterprise Architecture

December 18, 2017  |  Bob Hoover, VP of Consulting Services at Change Healthcare
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Successfully delivering value from healthcare IT investments is difficult. That’s a refrain I’ve heard again and again from healthcare leaders, whether in the boardroom, the executive suite, or the data center.

In Illinois, an MSSP ACO Proves its Worth Once Again

January 16, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Healthcare Informatics recently caught up with Lee B. Sacks, M.D., chief medical officer of Advocate Health Care, to talk about the ACO’s impressive 2016 results, reasons for its successful performance, challenges faced, and next steps.

On the Horizon: A Delivery System Increasingly Untethered from In-Person Patient Visits

January 16, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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An op-ed in The New England Journal of Medicine, authored by Sean Duffy and Thomas H. Lee, M.D., lays out clearly an argument for the path forward around a care delivery system increasingly untethered to in-person patient visits

MedPAC Votes 14-2 to Scrap MIPS, Recommends Alternative Program

January 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), a nonpartisan legislative branch agency that provides the U.S. Congress with analysis and policy advice on the Medicare program, voted 14-2 on Thursday in favor of scrapping the Merit-based Incentive Payment...

Could HHS and CMS Shift Direction on Mandatory Bundled Payments? It’s an Intriguing Prospect

January 11, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Alex Azar’s comments in his Senate Finance Committee confirmation hearings were highly intriguing; only time will tell what might happen to mandatory bundled payments under his direction, at Health and Human Services

ACO Company Caravan Health Touts Continued Growth

January 11, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Kansas City-based Caravan Health, a builder of accountable care organizations (ACOs), today announced the addition of 103 new health systems and 15 ACOs to its group of partners.

MGMA Calls for CMS to Release 2018 MIPS Eligibility Notices

January 11, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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In a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, the Medical Group Management Association is calling for the agency to immediately release 2018 MIPS eligibility information, including exemptions under the low-volume threshold and special status as non-patient-facing...

CMS Announces New Voluntary Bundled Payment Model that Qualifies as Advanced APM

January 10, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday announced the launch of a new voluntary bundled payment model called Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced).

HHS Nominee Alex Azar Signals Openness to Mandatory Payment Models

January 9, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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During a Senate Finance Committee hearing, HHS nominee Alex Azar made comments indicating his openness to mandatory bundled payment models, which would represent, if Azar is confirmed, a potential shift in the Trump Administration’s policy.

Medicare Shared Savings Program Gets 124 New ACOs for 2018

January 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has said that there will be 124 new accountable care organizations (ACOs) that will participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) in 2018.

Healthcare Informatics Podcast: John Halamka on Precision Medicine and the Wide-Ranging Future of Health IT

January 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In the most recent Healthcare Informatics podcast, Managing Editor Rajiv Leventhal and Dr. John Halamka discuss the CIO’s latest takeaways on MACRA, and also touch on other key health IT topics such as the next frontier in innovation and precision medicine.

Premier Voices Support for Alex Azar’s HHS Nomination

January 8, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Charlotte, N.C.-based Premier, Inc., has written to two senators on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee showing support for Alex Azar to become Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
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