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Data Quality, Liquidity Key to Physician Practice Transition to Value-Based Care

November 20, 2017  |  David Raths
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Issues with data liquidity and quality will make the transition to value-based care difficult, says the American Academy of Family Physicians' Steven Waldren, M.D., “but the horse is out of the barn, and we will move toward value-based payment no matter...

Quantifying (and Alleviating) the Quality Measurement Burden

November 9, 2017  |  David Raths
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Can EHRs be designed to more easily collect and report metrics? What other steps can help keep externally reported measures to a manageable level?

Texas Company Raises $10M to Expand On-Demand Healthcare Service

November 8, 2017  |  Healthcare Informatics
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Ranger Health, a San Antonio-based, on-demand healthcare service and technology company, has raised $10 million in a Series A round of investment.

Healthcare Industry Leaders React to Quality Payment Program Final Rule for 2018

November 3, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The day after CMS released the final rule making changes in the second year of the Quality Payment Program under the MACRA law, healthcare industry leaders are voicing mixed reactions, but do seem satisfied with some of the increased flexibilities.

CMS Administrator Verma Announces “Meaningful Measures” Initiative

October 30, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma announced the agency’s efforts to streamline quality measures and reduce regulatory burden with a new approach to quality measurement called “Meaningful Measures.”

Boston Children’s Unveils Task Manager for Clinical Teams

October 2, 2017  |  David Raths
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Boston Children’s Hospital’s Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator (IDHA) has unveiled a mobile and web application called Dock Health, that it says gives clinicians and their teams a tool for managing the numerous tasks that are part of clinical care.

Is Our Health System Limping Along or in the ICU?

September 29, 2017  |  David Raths
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Debate premise: Is the U.S. healthcare system like a patient in the intensive care unit battling sepsis? Or is it more like someone in a skilled nursing facility recovering from a stroke?

Survey: Wait Times Down, Patient Portal Use Up at Medical Practices

September 1, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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U.S. medical practices report that wait times have improved by five minutes from last year, down to an average of 20 minutes total between the waiting area and the exam room. For hospital-owned practices specifically, that number goes down to an average of 17...

Survey Finds Half of Healthcare Professionals “Not At All” Familiar with MACRA

August 28, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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A new survey of healthcare professionals finds a great deal of uncertainty about the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Quality Payment Program, with half of respondents reporting that they are "not at all" familiar with MACRA.

MGMA CEO: Millennials Entering the Workforce will Spur EHRs’ Redesign

August 17, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Halee Fischer-Wright, M.D., president and CEO of MGMA, weighs in on a variety of topics related to healthcare IT and physician burnout.

Survey: Medical Groups Find Complying with MIPS Extremely Burdensome

August 10, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Medical groups feel the pressure of regulatory burdens, with the vast majority of physician practices finding it difficult to comply with the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

New Perspectives on the Meaning of Success—As MD Group Leaders Forge Ahead Into Risk

July 21, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Sometimes, even a book’s title and book-jacket copy can be riveting. In one case, it reminded me of how pioneering medical groups are transforming their organizations in order to take on financial risk.

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