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Nemours Children’s Health’s New CEO: “The Most Exciting Time in Healthcare”

October 12, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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R. Lawrence Moss, M.D., who joined Nemours Children’s Health as CEO on Oct. 1, discusses the challenges and opportunities facing children’s hospitals and healthcare in the current environment

How a Data-Driven Approach Can Bolster the Fight Against Opioid Abuse

October 12, 2018  |  Steve Bennett, Ph.D., Industry Voice
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The opioid crisis has been so difficult to curtail, in part, because of the inability to integrate data from various stakeholders and systems. Better data and analytics can help in a variety of different ways.

DOJ Approves CVS-Aetna $69B Merger, On Condition Aetna Divest Part D Business

October 10, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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The Justice Department has approved a $69 billion merger between mega-pharmacy retailer CVS Health and health insurer Aetna, on condition that Aetna divest is Medicare Part D prescription drug plan business.

CMS Announces 1,300 Participants for New BPCI Advanced Initiative

October 10, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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CMS has announced that nearly 1,300 hospitals and physician group practices have signed agreements with the federal agency to participate in the Administration’s BPCI Advanced model.

A Data-Driven Effort to Tackle Indiana’s COPD Problem

October 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Although reduction in avoidable readmissions after COPD-related hospitalizations is a national objective, in one Indiana community it’s moved its way up to the very top of the healthcare priority list.

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

Healthcare Executives Rank Data Analytics, Population Health as Top Challenges for 2019

October 3, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Healthcare executive leaders identified leveraging data, particularly clinical data, to manage patients’ health, population health services and value-based payments as the top challenges they will face in the coming year, according to a survey by the Healthcare...

On the Road to Risk, Summit Medical Group is Driving in the Fast Lane

October 2, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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In a recent interview with Healthcare Informatics, Jeffrey Le Benger, M.D., outlined the progress and evolution of his organization and how it’s continuing to plunge ahead into the world of risk and value-based care.

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

Two N.Y. Regional HIEs Partner to Enhance Technology, Services

October 1, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Two New York regional health information exchanges, HealthlinkNY and HealtheConnections, have formed a strategic partnership aimed at accelerating HIE use by providers.

Climbing Up the Risk Ladder: How National ACO Has Built a Winning Value-Based Care Infrastructure

September 27, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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National ACO—headquartered in Beverly Hills, Calif., but with providers in multiple states—has progressed through the federal ACO ranks in a way that could set the path for others

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

Making Precision Medicine a Reality at Cleveland’s University Hospitals

September 25, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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University Hospitals is no stranger to precision medicine initiatives and a recent partnership is moving the needle even further

HHS Awards Over $1 Billion to Combat the Opioid Crisis

September 25, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently awarded over $1 billion in opioid-specific grants to help combat the healthcare crisis, including funding to improve the timeliness and quality of surveillance data.

Premier Inc. Executives: Time to Unpack Some of the Challenges and Opportunities Inherent in the Path Into Risk

September 24, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Shawn Griffin, M.D. and Steve Valentine of Premier Inc. discuss the challenges involved in the path into risk-based contracting, and the potential upending of the landscape by new disruptors

One New York Regional HIE Opposes Expansion of Another, Highlighting Issues with Competition Among HIEs

September 24, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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A New York regional HIE, HealthlinkNY, has publicly come out against another regional HIE’s plans to expand its services into HealthlinkNY’s market, saying it creates “confusion and uncertainty” in the marketplace.

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

September 21, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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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

How BI Tools Are Helping Jefferson Health Battle the Opioid Crisis

September 21, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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With guidance from their chief medical officer, the business intelligence team at Jefferson Health in Philadelphia has created dashboards highlighting potential opioid prescribing issues.

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

On Capitol Hill, Healthcare Leaders Raise Concerns with CMS’ Proposed ACO Rule

September 17, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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During a House subcommittee hearing, healthcare leaders voiced concerns that CMS' proposed changes to the MSSP ACO program will impede progress in the transition to value-based care.

Humana’s CMO Speaks of the “Bold Goal” Embedded in the Company's Population Health Work

September 14, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Roy Beveridge, M.D., Humana’s chief medical officer, shares his perspectives on the drive to value-based care, population health and addressing social determinants of health.

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
commentary
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
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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

Apple Unveils Electrocardiogram App as Part of New Series 4 Apple Watch

September 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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In a move that signals Apple’s ongoing push into digital health, the technology company announced today during its annual fall product event in Cupertino, California that its new Series 4 Apple Watch includes an electrocardiogram function as well as fall...

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.

Putting Social Determinants of Health Data into Action

September 10, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Leading hospitals, medical groups, and health systems, as well as ACOs and health insurers are moving forward to address social factors impacting health with a number of different approaches.

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

In the Emerging World of Risk-Based Contracting, Data Analytics Is a Foundational Necessity

September 7, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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With the emergence of more risk-based contracting, including two-sided risk, data analytics has now become fundamental to patient care organizations’ operational and financial success.

Top Ten Tech Trends 2018: Health System Transformation Requires Rethinking Data Infrastructure

September 6, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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Handling massive amounts of data requires CIOs to rethink their data infrastructure strategy with an eye on shrinking data centers, hybrid cloud and public cloud solutions.

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