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At the Beverly Hills HIT Summit, APG’s Crane Offers a Vision of the Future of Medical Care

November 11, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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Don Crane, CEO of APG, a nationwide association of physician groups involved in risk-based contracting, offered HIT Summit attendees a vision of a coordinated care-based future

Survey: More Than Half of Healthcare CIOs Lack Strong Trust in Their Data

November 9, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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For U.S. healthcare leaders, trusted data is more important than ever, as their organizations migrate from the fee-for-service model to value-based care. However, a recent survey of CIOs found that less than half of healthcare organizations show very strong...

BREAKING: CMS Publishes CY 2019 Physician Fee Schedule/QPP Final Rule

November 1, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Late in the afternoon on Thursday, Nov. 1, CMS published the Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program final rule for 2019, which encapsulates the MIPS and Advanced Payment Models.

University Hospitals Applies Homegrown Discharge Planning Workflow Solution to Opioid Prescribing

November 1, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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Cleveland-based University Hospitals is taking advantage of an internally developed technology platform to re-imagine the discharge process, including identifying patients at risk for opioid misuse and dependence.

Study Shows Rise in Physician Burnout, Female Doctors Report Higher Levels of Dissatisfaction

October 31, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Two-thirds of physicians say the challenges of practicing medicine in today’s environment have caused them to consider career options outside of clinical practice, an 11 percent increase compared to a similar survey three years ago.

In Northern Virginia, Rethinking ACO Strategies—For PCPs and Specialists

October 30, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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Tricia Nguyen, M.D., a senior executive at the Falls Church, Va.-based Inova Health System shares her perspectives on what she and her colleagues are learning about some of the underlying challenges in ACO work

At the Seattle HIT Summit, UW Medicine’s Grosser Asks Leaders to Rethink Patient Engagement

October 22, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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At the Health IT Summit in Seattle, Joy Grosser, CIO of UW Medicine, shared high-level perspectives on the landscape around patient engagement

Industry Leader Drex DeFord on Leadership for Innovation: “Time to Embrace Your Inner Weirdo”

October 22, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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What does it take to help transform healthcare? At the Health IT Summit in Seattle, industry leader Drex DeFord told his audience that embracing “uncomfortableness” is absolutely key to leading change

Industry Groups Urge ONC to Reorient Goals of EHR Reporting Program, Focus on Health IT Safety, Security

October 18, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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AMIA questioned the "constrained scope" of the EHR Reporting Program, noting the program should be closer to a post-implementation surveillance ecosystem, not a government-sponsored "consumer reports."

GUEST BLOG: The Cybersecurity Shortage: Closing the Gap

October 17, 2018  |  Mac McMillan, Industry Voice
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The gap between the level of cybersecurity preparation that should exist in the current environment, and the reality, is both troubling and in need of closer examination, says Mac McMillan

UC Davis Health’s Physician-Specific Approach to Addressing Burnout

October 16, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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In Sacramento, clinical and IT leaders at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) Health have been eager to develop and roll-out a program to improve physician efficiency levels within the EHR.

Report: athenahealth Has Multiple Bidders for Sale of the Company

October 15, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Watertown, Mass.-based health IT company athenahealth has attracted interest from at least five potential bidders for a possible sale of the company, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.

VA-DoD Leaders Signal Commitment to Achieving Interoperability, but What Uphill Challenges Will They Face?

October 15, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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DoD and VA leaders' commitment to achieving interoperability could drive meaningful healthcare interoperability forward, but this effort faces substantial challenges.

KLAS Report: Behavioral Health EHR Vendors Demonstrate Poor Performance

October 10, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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The behavioral health electronic health record (EHR) vendor market has shown poor performance, to date, according to customers, who cite slow development, implementation challenges and lackluster customer support, according to a KLAS Research report.

At the HIT Summit in Raleigh, a Health Plan Executive Points to the Future of Value-Based Care

October 8, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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Speaking at the HIT Summit in Raleigh last month, Humana’s Ben Lunsford offered attendees insights into the future of value-based healthcare, and his health plan’s future intentions

At the Raleigh HIT Summit, Mission Health’s CQO Shares About the Quality Journey

October 2, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Health IT Summit in Raleigh, Mission Health CQO Chris DeRienzo, M.D. discussed the challenges—and the accomplishments—in his organization’s continuous performance improvement journey

CDC IT Leader Details Progress on Developing an EHR Blockchain

October 1, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Askari Rizvi, chief of the technical services branch of the CDC’s Division of Health Care Statistics, discusses a CDC-IBM collaboration to develop a proof of concept for an EHR blockchain.

At the HIT Summit in Raleigh, a Probing Discussion of the Value of Data Analytics

September 27, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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At the Health IT Summit in Raleigh on Thursday, a panel of industry leaders considered carefully some of the value-add issues around data analytics—and the implications for healthcare IT leaders nationwide

A New Development Throws a Wrench into the Athenahealth Saga

September 18, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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The ongoing drama over the future of EHR vendor athenahealth seems to have entered a new phase, with a development that potentially throws a monkey wrench into its business process

The CEO of a Nationwide Association of MD Groups Sees the Future—and It’s Not in Fee-For-Service

September 18, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Don Crane, CEO of APG, a nationwide association of medical groups working in risk-based contracting, shares his perspectives on the future of medical groups in a shifting landscape

On Staten Island, a Highly Innovative Program That's Redefining What’s Possible Under Medicaid

September 17, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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Healthcare leaders on New York City's Staten Island have been achieving exciting success in population health management in their community’s Medicaid and uninsured populations

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

September 12, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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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

Physicians Cite Lack of Interoperability, Documentation Burden as Top EHR Pain Points

September 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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A recent survey of primary and specialty care physicians by Deloitte reveals that physician feedback on how to improve EHRs is often overlooked as physicians continue to be frustrated with EHRs, particularly due to lack of interoperability and the burden of...

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.

In Eastern North Carolina, an MD-Run ACO Shows its Success

September 10, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Stephen Nuckolls, CEO of the New Bern, North Carolina-based Coastal Carolina Quality Care, shares his perspectives on why some physician-led ACOs are making huge breakthroughs on quality and cost

How to Choose Wisely: Researchers Confirm the Value of Clinical Decision Support

September 3, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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A recent study by leaders at Cedars-Sinai and Optum provides nuanced insights into the complexity of clinical decision support—while affirming its advantages

Connecting Expectant Moms and Others with Trusted Content—and Gaining Patient Engagement

August 31, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Can the implementation of mobile health applications improve patient outcomes and enhance patient engagement? The leaders at South Shore Health System in Massachusetts say that it can

Congressman Raises Concerns about "Deteriorating, Rudderless” Leadership of VA’s EHR Project

August 30, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Rep. Jim Banks, chairman on the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Technology Modernization, voiced concerns about the “deteriorating and rudderless leadership" of the OEHRM program in a letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie.

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

August 29, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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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?

At Wake Forest Baptist Health, What the Mechanics of Clinical Transformation Look Like

August 24, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Chi Huang, M.D., executive medical director of general medicine, is helping to advance clinical transformation processes at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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