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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...

Are Disruptive Forces in U.S. Healthcare Accelerating Now? Notes on the Now-Approved CVS-Aetna Deal

October 10, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
The Department of Justice’s approval Wednesday of the CVS-Aetna merger signals a new phase in the healthcare business world—and it’s time for patient care executives to rethink the meaning of competition—and of market disruption

Is the Discourse Over the MSSP Program Teetering Towards Potential Conflict?

September 21, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
The joint statement by nine associations challenging CMS Administrator Seema Verma around her plans to insert more rigor into the MSSP program, feels like a teeter-totter moment for CMS

The Shock of the New: The Paris Art World of 1916—and the U.S. Healthcare Landscape of 2018

September 13, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
What does a revolution in art from a century ago say about the present moment in U.S. healthcare?

Check and Checkmate: Is the Debate Around the MSSP ACO Program About to Get Super-Heated?

September 12, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
The publication this week in Health Affairs of a study sponsored by NAACOS that implicitly denounces CMS’s method for calculating the success of MSSP ACOs, is a fascinating move in a chess game playing out on multiple policy levels

Seema Verma’s Big Picture: Tough Love, ACO Acceleration, Interoperability, and Consumer Empowerment?

August 29, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
Will CMS Administrator Seema Verma’s strategy of pushing hard on providers around ACO development and interoperability help to accelerate the shift to value-based healthcare—or will it backfire?

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

August 13, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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

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