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Seven Companies, Four Individuals Indicted in Billion-Dollar Telemedicine Fraud Conspiracy

October 16, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Four individuals and seven companies have been indicted in a $1 billion telemedicine fraud scheme, the Department of Justice announced this week.

Managing the Consumer Data Deluge

October 2, 2018  |  Joe Marion, Industry Voice
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In-home monitoring and diagnostic devices are likely to create substantial new diagnostic data to manage

With $6.3M PCORI Contract, UPMC Health Plan to Study Tech-Based Approach to Chronic Disease

September 25, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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The UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care was recently awarded a $6.3 million contract from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study different care delivery models to improve outcomes for patients with chronic disease and a co-existing...

Survey: Physicians Sour on Value-Based Care Metrics, EHRs

September 19, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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More than 50 percent of U.S. physicians who receive value-based care compensation said they do not believe that the metrics the reimbursement is tied to improve the quality of care or reduce costs, according to a new survey.

Senate Passes Opioid Response Bill with Substantial Health IT Elements

September 18, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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The U.S. Senate yesterday passed The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, which includes numerous important health IT provisions, by a vote of 99-1.

Survey: Healthcare Organizations Report Gaps in Disaster Preparedness Plans

September 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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As Hurricane Florence churns toward the East Coast this week, disaster preparedness is a timely topic, yet a new survey finds that only 72 percent of healthcare providers report their organizations have a comprehensive disaster recovery plan in place covering...

In South Los Angeles, a High-Tech Hospital Delivers Healthcare to an Underserved Community

September 11, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Executive leaders at Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital discuss the organization's journey to achieve HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 and meeting the healthcare needs of an underserved community.

AMIA, MGMA, AMGA Offer Comments on CMS’ Latest E&M, Quality Payment Program Proposals

September 10, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Leading health IT associations have varying sentiments and recommendations for CMS regarding its Physician Fee Schedule and the Quality Payment Program proposed rule.

Congressional Leaders Voice Concerns about Stability of ACOs with Proposed MSSP Changes

September 7, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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In a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee weighed in on several recently proposed regulations from CMS related to burden reduction, including the agency’s overhaul of Medicare’s Accountable...

CPT Codes Updated to Reflect HIT Advancements

September 6, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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The American Medical Association (AMA) announced the release of the 2019 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code set, with changes reflecting new technological shifts in the industry.

Survey: 87 Percent of Consumers Have Adopted One Digital Health Tool

September 5, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Digital health adoption continues to increase, with 87 percent of consumers saying they have adopted at least one digital health tool, compared to 80 percent in 2015, according to a survey from San Francisco-based Rock Health.

Partners HealthCare, Teladoc Partner for Urgent Care Video Visits

August 31, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Boston-based Partners HealthCare announced that it has recently deployed a new telehealth initiative around urgent care video visits.

Next Generation ACO Model Saves $62M in First Year, CMS Reports

August 28, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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The first cohort of ACOs in the Next Generation model generated net savings to Medicare of approximately $62 million while maintaining quality of care for beneficiaries for the 2016 performance year, according to a new evaluation report released by CMS.

PCORI-Funded Study to Test Telehealth for Behavioral Therapy in Rural Areas

August 22, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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PCORI is funding a study to expand the depression treatment options available to primary care treatment providers in rural West Virginia to include easy-to-implement and cost-effective electronic cognitive behavioral therapy.

Survey: Who Will Shake Up Healthcare? C-Suite Leaders Weigh In

August 20, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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With new, disruptive entrants coming into the healthcare market, which company is poised to have the biggest impact on healthcare? The majority of C-suite leaders have their eyes on Amazon to shake up healthcare, according to a recent survey of healthcare C-level...

Making Care Connections Happen: How Intermountain Healthcare is Moving the Needle on Virtual Care

August 14, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In March, Intermountain Healthcare announced the launch of one of the nation’s largest virtual hospital services. One of the organization’s senior leaders discusses why the health system went in this direction.

CVS Health’s MinuteClinic Launches New Telehealth Offering

August 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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CVS’ MinuteClinic, the company’s retail medical clinic, is rolling out a new telehealth healthcare offering for patients with minor illnesses and injuries, skin conditions and other wellness needs.

A Leading CHIO Discusses the VA’s Progress on Health IT Innovation

July 23, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Francine Sandrow, M.D., chief health information officer at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, details how the VHA is leveraging health IT to change the way patients experience medical care and to improve health outcomes.

Physicians Still Reluctant to Embrace Virtual Tech, Survey Finds

July 19, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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While consumers and physicians agree that virtual healthcare holds great promise for transforming care delivery, physicians still remain reluctant to embrace the technologies, according to a new Deloitte Center for Health Solutions survey.

Report: Digital Health VC Funding Surges to Record $4.9 Billion in 2018

July 18, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Global venture capital funding for digital health companies in the first half of 2018 was 22 percent higher year-over-year (YoY) with a record $4.9 billion raised in 383 deals compared to the $4 billion in 359 deals in the same time period last year, according to...

PODCAST: Policy Experts Dissect CMS’ “Modernizing Medicare” Proposed Rule

July 16, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Jeff Smith, vice president of public policy at AMIA, and Tom Lee, Ph.D., CEO and founder of Chicago based SA Ignite, a company that helps healthcare organizations with value-based reporting, weigh in on the different components of CMS' proposed rule

Analysis: Many States Continue to Have Restrictive Telemedicine Policies

July 11, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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State Medicaid programs are evolving to accelerate the adoption of telemedicine models, this evolution is occurring more quickly in some states than others, according to a recent analysis by Manatt Health.

Making Inroads into Telehealth: How One “Sub-Sector” of Healthcare Continues to Evolve (Part 2)

July 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A longtime healthcare executive touches on how recent legislations could impact the telehealth sector, how providers and payers are feeling about telehealth today, all while offering predictions for the future.

NCQA Updates HEDIS Quality Measures, New Measure Addresses Opioid Use

July 3, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) released new technical specifications for the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS), for 2019, including four new measures.

As the Stakes Get Higher, One Consultant Examines the Industry’s Slow Progress to Meet Consumer Expectations

June 29, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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For healthcare executive leaders, the stakes are getting higher in an era of growing consumer expectations and new competitors. Kaufman Hall's Dan Clarin discusses the healthcare industry’s progress to become more consumer-centric.

CMS to Host Blue Button 2.0 Developer Conference

June 22, 2018  |  David Raths
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host the first Blue Button 2.0 Developer Conference at the General Services Administration national headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018.

Telehealth and Cancer Care

June 15, 2018  |  Emily Walsh
article
Perhaps the greatest telemedicine impact has been felt within the cancer community through the continued development of teleoncology.

One Technology Executive on How to Bring Amazon-Style Digital Innovation to Healthcare

June 14, 2018  |  Heather Landi
article
At Providence St. Joseph Health, technology leaders and their digital innovation teams are keenly focused on leveraging technology to provide patients and consumers better access, convenience and personalization to drive ongoing engagement.

Making Inroads into Telehealth: How One “Sub-Sector” of Healthcare Continues to Evolve (Part 1)

June 13, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In Part 1 of a two-part feature on the telehealth landscape, a partner at Alston & Bird discusses how providers are—and will continue to—fight through the many barriers that exist in the telehealth landscape.

Innovation Hub in Denver will Look to “Transform Healthcare Delivery”

June 13, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A team of innovators at the Aurora, Colo.-based UCHealth will be developing an innovation hub with the goal “to help transform healthcare delivery of the future,” officials said in an announcement.

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