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Mark Hagland

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Mark Hagland became Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare Informatics in January 2010. Prior to that, he...

Assessing CMS’s Risky Move on Risk: Has Seema Verma Pushed MSSP ACOs Into Uncharted Territory?

August 13, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
Will Seema Verma’s August 9 announcement of CMS’s new “Pathways to Success” proposal light a fire under the MSSP ACOs, or will it cause provider organizations to flee? CMS officials are taking a risky gamble—with no clear outcome

Can Blue Cross of North Carolina Help to Reshape Its State’s Healthcare Landscape?

July 31, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
Remarks made by Patrick Conway, M.D. this spring point to some of the opportunities—and profound challenges—facing the shift towards a value-based healthcare system in North Carolina—and the challenges facing health insurers attempting to stimulate that change

Pondering the Psychology of Incentives in Bundled-Payment Contracts

July 27, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
Healthcare policy researchers, in an op-ed piece in the Health Affairs Blog, ponder the differences between prospectively and retrospectively based bundled payment incentives to providers—at a moment of early experimentation

Could Last Week’s Proposed-Rule Release Represent an Inflection Point for CMS and for Value-Based Federal Payment?

July 18, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
CMS’s release of a proposed rule that will impact a range of issues, from physician payment to quality measures, has unleashed a range of reactions from industry leaders—could this prove to be an inflection point?

Aligning Incentives in the Forward Evolution Around Value-Based Payment: Major Obstacles Cited

July 16, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
The implications of a recent HFMA-sponsored analysis of value-based healthcare are many—and challenging, for the pioneers of VBP in new payment models in U.S. healthcare

The Rocky Path to Value for Medicaid Programs—and HIT’s Key Role in Making It All Work

July 11, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
Medical researchers share some insights on the broad range of challenges facing the pioneers attempting to move Medicaid towards value-based payment incentives, including around the key role that HIT and data analytics will play in success

Can We Get to the Next Level When It Comes to Quality Measures for the Care of Patients with Complex Needs?

June 27, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
A commentary posted online on Tuesday on the Health Affairs website makes important points about the landscape around the measurement of quality in the context of care for patients with complex needs

Self-Congratulation on HIE Advancement Would Be Premature at This Point

June 25, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
Even as many healthcare IT leaders are helping to facilitate major advances in health information exchange, a recent phone call with a good friend confirms that very major gaps in HIE remain, at the most basic levels

Researchers Find a Bundle of Complications Around Bundled Payment Outcomes

June 14, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
An article published in the current issue of Health Affairs uncovers some of the complexities of mandatory and voluntary bundled payment programs, and some of the implications for their policy and payment future

Editor's Notes: When Will We Be Able to Nail the “Golden Spike” in the Foundation of the New Healthcare?

June 8, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
Some of the challenges of the present moment in U.S. healthcare, as our healthcare system struggles forward in its journey into value-based care delivery and payment, brought to my mind the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad in the 19th Century.

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