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CHIME’s Leaders Suspend National Patient ID Initiative

November 15, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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The leaders of CHIME, the College of Healthcare Information Management, announced on Wednesday that they were suspending the national patient ID initiative begun nearly two years ago, citing a lack of results

At Texas Health Resources, A Strategic Approach to Evolving Cybersecurity Challenges

November 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The health system’s CISO, Ron Mehring, details the organization’s data center transformation project and creating the security infrastructure needed to support future business and clinical initiatives.

David Muntz Looks at Dallas, at Texas, and at Nationwide Healthcare Trends—in Context

November 13, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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David Muntz, the former Deputy National Coordinator for Health IT, and a former healthcare CIO for decades prior to that, offers his perspectives on key trends impacting the Dallas and Texas healthcare markets.

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

November 7, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
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

In Dallas, UT Southwestern’s Leaders Push Ahead on their Ambulatory Quality Initiative

November 3, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Things continue to move forward at UT Southwestern, where an extraordinary Ambulatory Quality Outcomes initiative snared its leaders the first-place award in Healthcare Informatics’ 2016 Innovator Awards Program

BREAKING NEWS: CMS Publishes CY 2018 MACRA QPP Final Rule

November 2, 2017  |  Mark Hagland, Rajiv Leventhal, Heather Landi, and David Raths
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Late in the afternoon on Thursday, Nov. 2, CMS published its calendar-year 2018 Quality Payment Program final rule, under the MACRA law, with important modifications for physicians

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

October 30, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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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

At the Health IT Summit in Raleigh, a Nuanced Discussion of CISO-Level Challenges

October 20, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Health IT Summit in Raleigh, CISOs and other cybersecurity experts engaged in a nuanced discussion of the complex issues facing healthcare IT leaders right now industry-wide, as they work to establish and optimize cybersecurity frameworks

At the Raleigh HIT Summit, Henry Ford Privacy Chief Harper Urges HIT Leaders to Action

October 20, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Henry Ford Health System chief privacy officer Meredith Harper kicked off the Cybersecurity Forum—day two of the Health IT Summit in Raleigh—with a compelling presentation on the journey of her organization into intensified IT security readiness

At the HIT Summit in Raleigh, CIO David Chou Challenges Leaders to Think Digital Transformation

October 19, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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David Chou, CIO of Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, told attendees at the Health IT Summit in Raleigh that they need to be change agents, helping to lead healthcare into the digital age

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

October 17, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
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

Adoption of Information Governance Practices on the Rise in Healthcare

October 12, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Information governance is becoming a more recognized initiative in healthcare and adoption of information governance practices is on the rise, according to a new survey published by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

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