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Five Tips for Adjusting to Your New Job

November 22, 2017     Tim Tolan
Some key pieces of advice for when you change employers, from completing paperwork prior to your first day to adapting to the environment and adding value.

At Symposium, AMIA CEO Doug Fridsma Spent Time ‘Hanging Out with the Newbies’

November 17, 2017     David Raths
Specializing in informatics is no longer just a mid-career shift for physicians. It is now a primary career path in fields such as pharmacy and nursing. AMIA is working to create career pathways that recognize this shift.

Quantifying (and Alleviating) the Quality Measurement Burden

November 9, 2017     David Raths
Can EHRs be designed to more easily collect and report metrics? What other steps can help keep externally reported measures to a manageable level?

Good Signs: NYC Health + Hospitals Corporation Boasts a True ACO Success Story

November 9, 2017     Mark Hagland
New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation’s leaders have been able to boast very impressive results from their organization’s MSSP work--results that offer hope for leaders from all types of patient care organizations

The MACRA QPP 2018 Final Rule: Is It a Glass Half-Empty or a Glass Half-Full?

November 7, 2017     Mark Hagland
What one thinks of the QPP CY 2018 final rule could depend at least partly on a number of factors, including where one “sits” in the healthcare stakeholder constellation—and what one might have to do to respond to it, as a result

What are Health IT’s Brightest Minds Looking to Learn?

November 6, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
Healthcare Informatics gathered an array of feedback from CIOs and other industry leaders about how they can share information and learn from their peers

Bringing a Team Science Approach to Research Informatics

November 3, 2017     David Raths
The National Center for Data to Health hopes to build upon some of the successes in sharing across Clinical and Translational Science Award programs but in a more innovative and open-ended way.

At a Time of Unprecedented Uncertainty and Change, Innovators Will Thrive

October 30, 2017     Mark Hagland
At a time of mind-shattering change, focusing on innovation is one way to avoid getting stuck in the past. Do you have a story of innovation to share? Healthcare Informatics’ Innovator Awards Program is open for submissions—from both providers and vendors

With the Proposed CVS Bid for Aetna, Time for Healthcare Leaders to Think in Three-Dimensional Chess Terms

October 29, 2017     Mark Hagland
The proposed acquisition of health insurer Aetna by mega-retail pharmacy chain CVS may well signal a key turning point in the market-competitive landscape of U.S. healthcare—and provider leaders had better start engaging in scenario-planning for that new world

Using EHR Data to Automate Public Health Reporting, Analysis

October 26, 2017     David Raths
Michael Klompas, M.D., M.P.H, a professor of population medicine at Harvard University, spoke about his team’s work to use EHR data to automate reporting to public health agencies on notifiable diseases and chronic conditions.

MACRA 2018 Final Rule Considerations: What Could Change from the Proposal?

October 24, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
The 2018 final rule for MACRA’s Quality Payment Program (QPP) should drop any day now, so this is as good a time as ever to review the proposed rule and see what might change in the finalized version.

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

October 24, 2017     Mark Hagland
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

Connecting Patient-Reported Outcomes to EHRs? Consult This Users’ Guide

October 18, 2017     David Raths
As use of patient-reported outcomes becomes more common, many health systems want to integrate the data into electronic health records. A new guide helps steer clinical leaders through some of the challenges involved.

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

October 17, 2017     Mark Hagland
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

SHIN-NY 2020 Roadmap Seeks to Address ‘Perfect Storm of Reduced Support’

October 10, 2017     David Raths
A New York statewide health information exchange roadmap addresses funding challenges, value-based care, and provider interest in the types of data currently not available through the network.

During Health IT Week, Industry Leaders Discuss HIT Initiatives and Driving Policy Change

October 6, 2017     Heather Landi
At the tail end of National Health IT Week, a webinar focused on the industry leaders who are driving change, both by championing health IT initiatives or by advocating at the policy level, offered interesting insights on leadership and policy development.

How Early Sepsis Detection Can Save Lives: A Call for Help During National Health IT Week

October 5, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
The story of Rory Staunton’s tragic death from sepsis in 2012 should serve as inspiration for the medical community to improve surveillance and monitoring technology.

Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty

October 2, 2017     Tim Tolan
It’s a disservice to a client to form an early opinion about a candidate just because of the way they think and process information.

Is Our Health System Limping Along or in the ICU?

September 29, 2017     David Raths
Debate premise: Is the U.S. healthcare system like a patient in the intensive care unit battling sepsis? Or is it more like someone in a skilled nursing facility recovering from a stroke?

Editor’s Notes: Exploring New Worlds—In Space and in U.S. Healthcare

September 29, 2017     Mark Hagland
Facilitating a shift in the U.S. healthcare delivery system from volume to value may be different from expanding the boundaries of space exploration; at the same time, there are real similarities.

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