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

September 12, 2018     Mark Hagland
Payment 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...

Why A.I. Will Never Replace Recruiters

September 12, 2018     Tim Tolan, Industry Voice
Leadership AI can be a great tool, but it falls dreadfully short of meeting hiring managers' expectations.

Designing Safe and Effective Digital Health Applications

September 10, 2018     Dave Levin, M.D. and Maulin Shah, M.D., Industry Voices
EHR Health IT is on the cusp of an “app revolution.” Careful attention to basic design principles combined with a methodical approach to screening and addressing issues can go a long way.

Is it Fair to Question CMS’ Agenda for Releasing ACO Results?

September 4, 2018     Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
Value-Based Care There is much debate on how one-sided risk ACOs are performing as new CMS data has been released

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

August 29, 2018     Mark Hagland
Payment 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?

San Diego Connects the Dots to Create Social Snapshot of Clients

August 21, 2018     David Raths, Contributing Editor
Population Health As cities look to connect social service agencies and health systems, the Community Information Exchange in San Diego is a model to emulate.

Will IBM Watson Repeat History?

August 15, 2018     Joe Marion
Innovation IBM has a storied history in healthcare. Can they learn from that history and be successful with IBM Watson?

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

August 13, 2018     Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
Payment 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...

A ‘Google’ for Clinical Notes Draws Interest

August 8, 2018     David Raths
Analytics A grant from the National Cancer Institute will allow five academic medical centers to deploy EMERSE, which allows users to search free-text clinical notes from the electronic health record.

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

July 31, 2018     Mark Hagland
Value-Based Care 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...

Pondering the Psychology of Incentives in Bundled-Payment Contracts

July 27, 2018     Mark Hagland
Payment 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...

Has the Value-Based Care Train Stalled?

July 19, 2018     Rajiv Leventhal
Value-Based Care When pondering the question of if the value-based care train has stalled, the answer will depend on which side of the healthcare stakeholder table you are asking—payers or providers.

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

July 18, 2018     Mark Hagland
Payment 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
Value-Based Care 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

Why FDA’s Scott Gottlieb Wants to Create a ‘National Utility’ for Real-World Evidence

July 12, 2018     David Raths
Interoperability The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is signaling its intent to expand its work to get real-world data from EHRs and other data sources to assess product efficacy and safety.

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

July 11, 2018     Mark Hagland
Payment 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...

Vendor vs. Provider: Why the Different Strategies?

June 29, 2018     Joe Marion
Recent vendor spinoffs seem contrary to healthcare provider consolidation

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
Population Health 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
HIE 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
Payment 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

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