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What Nebraska’s Physician Shortage Says About the Emerging Healthcare System Nationwide

April 17, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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A report issued earlier this month by leaders at the University of Nebraska Medical Center looks at the cornhusker state’s physician shortage—with strong implications for the role of healthcare IT in the emerging healthcare system

Connecting Healthcare with Food and Health: First Attempts Are Showing Real Promise

April 14, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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With health plans like Kaiser Permanente Colorado, and patient care organizations like Geisinger Health System, beginning to work on the issue of food insecurity, as it relates to diabetes, the possibilities of real convergence are many

A Final Rule Around Medicare Advantage Plans Hints at Potential Future Changes to MIPS Data Reporting

April 2, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Amid the announcement of a final rule around changes to the Medicare Advantage program, CMS Administrator Seema Verma hinted at data measurement changes that could touch on provider measures as well

With the Walmart-Humana Revelation, a Cresting Wave of Disruptive Developments in U.S. Healthcare?

April 1, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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The media reports about a potential Walmart purchase of Humana, coming on top of the CVS-Aetna merger announcement and the Amazon/Berkshire Hathaway/JP Morgan Chase announcement, should put provider leaders on alert

At the HIT Summit in Cleveland, MetroHealth Executives Share their Journey into Value

March 30, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Drs. Nabil Chehade and David Kaelber of Cleveland’s MetroHealth System shared with HIT Summit-Cleveland attendees insights on their organization’s journey into value-based care delivery, including on the vital role of HIT

Blue Cross Blue Shield Nebraska Leverages Mobile Tech to Improve Plan Member Engagement

March 27, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Leaders at Blue Cross Blue Shield Nebraska have been successful in leveraging mobile technology in order to improve plan member engagement around members’ care management

A Clinically Integrated Network Forges Success in Southeastern New Jersey

March 25, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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In New Jersey, Shore Quality Partners is succeeding as a clinically integrated network, through clear strategy and excellent execution—and successful leveraging of data and IT to support clinical transformation

Could the MedPAC Proposal Around MIPS End Up Being the Wrong Answer to the Right Question?

March 20, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, or MedPAC, has proposed that Congress eliminate the MIPS program and replace it with a new value-based purchasing program—but does that proposal make sense in the current policy and payment moment?

Healthcare Innovation Leader David B. Nash, M.D. Shares His Perspectives on the Current Moment in Population Health

March 16, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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David Nash, M.D., one of the best-known pioneers in the world of population health management and related areas, shares his perspectives on the current moment in—and future prospects of—the population health management phenomenon

How the HIT Industry’s Dominant Annual Conference Became (At Least Partly) a Policy Conference

March 14, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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If there was a single unifying factor at HIMSS18 in Las Vegas, it was this one: as the U.S. healthcare IT landscape becomes more and more strongly policy- and payment-driven, so, too will the conversations and vendor pitches at the HIMSS Conference

CMS Makes a Big Splash with Verma’s Speech, But What Does It Really Mean?

March 8, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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CMS Administrator Seema Verma made a huge splash with her speech Tuesday at HIMSS18, and that speech was followed by another significant one that HHS Secretary Alex Azar made at AHIP today; but what will the concrete fruits of those speeches be?

BREAKING NEWS: At HIMSS18, CMS’s Verma Announces MyHealthEData Initiative, to Give Patients Control of their Data

March 6, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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On Tuesday morning at HIMSS18, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced a broad new initiative to empower patients to control their health data, with encouragement and warnings for healthcare stakeholders

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