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Veritas Capital, Elliott Management Acquire athenahealth in $5.7B Deal

November 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Private equity firm Veritas Capital and hedge fund Elliott Management are acquiring athenahealth, the Watertown, Mass.-based EHR and practice management vendor, for $5.7 billion, according to a Monday announcement.

Heritage Medical Systems’ Voyage to Value—and How Physicians are Leading the Way

October 11, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Mark Wagar, president of Heritage Physician Organizations, recently spoke with Healthcare Informatics about his organization’s value-based care journey, its ACO progress, and how physician culture can be changed.

MGMA Survey: Medical Group Practices Cite Increased Burden from Regulatory Demands, EHRs

October 4, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Nearly nine in 10 medical group practice leaders have said that the overall regulatory burden on their organization has increased over the past year, according to a new survey from the MGMA.

Managing the Consumer Data Deluge

October 2, 2018  |  Joe Marion, Industry Voice
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In-home monitoring and diagnostic devices are likely to create substantial new diagnostic data to manage

Survey: 62 Percent of Docs Use Speech Recognition, But Cite Concerns About Accuracy

September 26, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Two-thirds of physicians are currently using speech recognition technology with their electronic health record (EHR) solution, yet 23 percent have no plans to adopt speech recognition, according to a Reaction Data survey about the use of speech-enabled EHRs.

Brigham Health’s 3-Pronged Approach to Reducing EHR’s Contribution to Burnout

September 18, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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With EHR documentation ranked high among aspects of their work physicians are dissatisfied with, Brigham Health has taken a three-pronged approach to reducing the pain.

Physician Groups Ask Congress to Curtail Appropriate Use Criteria Law

September 13, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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Although implementation of a law to require clinical decision support (CDS) use involving diagnostic imaging orders was pushed back from 2018 to 2020, medical organizations are asking Congress to consider modifications to reduce the burden on clinicians.

The Next Frontier for Integrated Care Solutions

September 13, 2018  |  Pete Rivera, Industry Voice
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Rural Community Hospitals are searching for replacements comparable to those used in the larger metropolitan medical center.

Top Ten Tech Trends 2018: Markets and Medicine—Where Do Physicians Land, in the Emerging World of U.S. Healthcare?

September 5, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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Even as the purchasers and payers of healthcare push hard on physicians to embrace value-based care delivery and payment, doctors remain conflicted and ambivalent about the new healthcare.

A Pioneering M.D. Leader Shares Insights on Successfully Navigating the Massachusetts Healthcare Market

August 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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At the Boston Health IT Summit, the veteran healthcare expert dropped in to give attendees an inside look at how her organization has achieved value-based care success

Could Last Week’s Proposed-Rule Release Represent an Inflection Point for CMS and for Value-Based Federal Payment?

July 18, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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CMS’s release of a proposed rule that will impact a range of issues, from physician payment to quality measures, has unleashed a range of reactions from industry leaders—could this prove to be an inflection point?

Healthcare Leaders React to CMS’ 2019 QPP Proposed Rule and E&M Coding Changes

July 18, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Some health IT industry groups have voiced concerns that the CMS proposals, specifically in its proposed rule for the third year of the Quality Payment Program, will undermine efforts to move Medicare provider payment to value.

Large Medical Groups Join California’s Manifest MedEx Network

July 10, 2018  |  David Raths
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California health information network Manifest MedEx has announced that several large physician groups and health systems are joining.

At the HIT Summit in Minneapolis, an MD Informaticist’s Perspective on Clinical Transformation

June 18, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Karl Poterack, M.D. spoke at the Health IT Summit in Minneapolis about the role of clinical informatics in standardizing physician practice—and moving the needle forward on clinical performance improvement

Kaiser, Emory Healthcare Partner on Integrated Care Model in Atlanta

June 14, 2018  |  David Raths
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Emory Healthcare, the clinical arm of Emory University, and Kaiser Permanente have announced a partnership in metropolitan Atlanta.

Advantage: Interoperability

May 22, 2018  |  Joe Marion
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Recent discussions emphasize the advantages of interoperability within and between healthcare providers.

Allscripts to Buy HealthGrid for Patient Engagement Functionality

May 4, 2018  |  David Raths
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Health IT vendor Allscripts (NASDAQ:MDRX) has agreed to acquire HealthGrid Holding Co., the developer of a mobile patient engagement platform called CareNotify.

In Response to Public Comments on CMMI, CMS will Consider Direct Provider Contracting Model

April 24, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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CMS has released the comments submitted by healthcare stakeholders in response to the CMS Innovation Center’s new direction RFI, while also announcing that the agency is considering a direct provider contracting model as a result of the feedback.

AMGA Survey: Value-Based Care Driving C-Suite Compensation Incentives

April 24, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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A recent survey by the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) of executive and leadership compensation reveals several trends, including that incentive compensation plays an important role in increases and value-based care is driving executive compensation...

Atrius Health Finding High-Value Use Cases for Natural Language Processing

March 26, 2018  |  David Raths
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Natural language processing has the potential to help plug information gaps by unlocking the value in unstructured data. But health systems are still figuring out which use cases to apply it to.

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?

Rush University Medical Center Applies Analytics to Fine-Tune Clinical Documentation

March 19, 2018  |  David Raths
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Physician burnout tied to dissatisfaction with EHR implementations can lead to inaccurate and incomplete documentation. That in turn can have financial, reputational and clinical repercussions. The Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, has spent the last...

Should MIPS be Repealed and Replaced? Several Industry Leaders Weigh in on MedPAC’s Published Proposal

March 19, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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In its March report to Congress, MedPAC, a policy advisory group, recommends repealing MIPS and replacing it with an alternative model of reimbursement. Several industry thought leaders weigh in on the implications of this recommendation and the future of MIPS.

PODCAST: AMA President Dr. David Barbe on the 2018 MACRA Final Rule and the Future of MIPS

March 2, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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In this latest Healthcare Informatics podcast, David Barbe, M.D., American Medical Association president, discusses the 2018 MACRA final rule, how it differs from 2017 and why he has reservations about the MedPAC proposal to repeal and replace MIPS.

Survey: Providers Increasingly Adopting New Payment Technologies

February 28, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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In just the last year, there has been a dramatic increase in the adoption of payment technologies, including web portals and interactive voice response (IVR) technology, by healthcare providers and healthcare collection agencies, according to a new survey.

CHOP Exec to Lead Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers

February 5, 2018  |  David Raths
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The Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, a 15-year old New Jersey nonprofit organization known for its healthcare “hotspotting” model, has named Kathleen Noonan its new CEO.

MGMA Calls for CMS to Release 2018 MIPS Eligibility Notices

January 11, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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In a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, the Medical Group Management Association is calling for the agency to immediately release 2018 MIPS eligibility information, including exemptions under the low-volume threshold and special status as non-patient-facing...

Technology Affordability in Community Hospitals

December 6, 2017  |  Pete Rivera
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Community hospitals traditionally operate in many under-served areas. They are often the oasis for patients that otherwise would have to travel long distances to receive quality care.

For Some, CMS’ Cancelling of Two Mandatory Bundled Payment Models is Music to the Ears

December 5, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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When the news last week broke that CMS finalized a rule that will cancel mandatory hip fracture and cardiac bundled payment models, for some industry stakeholders, the rule came as a welcome relief.

RSNA 2017: The Year of Image Augmentation

December 5, 2017  |  Joe Marion
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RSNA 2017 is now history. What were some interesting takeaways for healthcare IT?

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