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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...

The Key to Clinical and Financial Success? Atrius Health President Gives Out His Recipe

November 8, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Atrius Health’s president and CEO, Steven Strongwater, M.D., discusses the organization’s population health initiatives that have led to strong clinical and financial performances.

Hawaii’s HIE Leveraging Technology to Improve Patient Identification

November 8, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Hawaii Health Information Exchange (HHIE), Hawaii’s state-designated HIE, is taking action to improve patient identification and the accuracy of provider data for enhanced care coordination across the state.

HIE 2.0: CORHIO’s Leaders Map a Pathway to Advanced Data-Sharing Success in Colorado

November 7, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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The leaders of Colorado’s statewide HIE, CORHIO, have been pushing ahead to advance the next phase of HIE evolution, moving into intensive data normalization work, even as they expand the types of data being shared across the Centennial State

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

Report: Complex and Rapidly Changing Payment Models Challenge Physician Practices

October 26, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Physician payment models are becoming more complex and the pace of change is increasing, creating challenges for physician practices that might hamper their ability to improve the quality and efficiency of care despite their willingness to change, according to a...

Healthcare Leaders on Unlocking the Value of Disruption: “Digital Innovation Needs to be a Strategic Priority”

October 23, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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AT the FT Digital Health Summit, a panel of healthcare leaders discussed how to unlock the value of disruption and the role digital technology can play in achieving value-based care.

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

VCU Health Motto: ‘In God We Trust; Everyone Else Must Bring Data’

October 19, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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VCU Health System in Virginia was recently named a 2018 HIMSS Davies Enterprise Award recipient for leveraging health IT to improve outcomes. Colin Banas, M.D., the health system’s chief medical information officer, said the organization prides itself on using...

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

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