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MACRA’s Quality Payment Program and the “Goldilocks Problem” in Federal Healthcare Policy

June 23, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
The release this week of the proposed rule for 2018 for the Quality Payment Program under MACRA has fueled a full spectrum of reactions from industry leaders. Are federal healthcare officials getting it “just right” in terms of the levels of rigor built into the...

At the Health IT Summit in Boston, a Fresh Look at the Emergence of Personalized Medicine

June 23, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
article
At the Health IT Summit in Boston last week, Kristin Darby of Cancer Treatment Centers of America and John Halamka, M.D. of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston offered insights into the potential and the challenges inherent in the emergence of...

Using Big Data to Find Hypertension Patients ‘Hiding in Plain Sight’

June 19, 2017  |  David Raths
commentary
John Cuddeback, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical informatics officer for AMGA Analytics, is combing through claims and EHR data to find patients with undiagnosed hypertension who are “hiding in plain sight.”

Getting Right with Patients and Families: One Florida Surgery Center Leverages IT to Improve Flow

June 7, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
article
Leaders at Panama City Surgery Center in Florida were experiencing patient flow, patient and family communication, and patient satisfaction issues, until they leveraged IT to improve flow, operational efficiency, and satisfaction

CMS Issues Technical Assistance Resource Guide for Clinicians Participating in MACRA

May 30, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a technical assistance resource guide for clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program, in either the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or the Advanced Alternative Payment...

Thinking Strategically about MACRA and MIPS: Will It Be Sink or Swim in 2019? (Part 2 of Two)

May 17, 2017  |  Heather Landi
article
In Part Two of a two-part article, healthcare IT experts explore the reputational and operational implications of MIPS reporting as well as the necessary investments in health IT and other resources in order to succeed in the program.

Thinking Strategically About MACRA and MIPS: Will it Be Sink or Swim in 2019? (Part 1 of 2)

May 10, 2017  |  Heather Landi
article
In Part One of this two-part article exploring the implications of MACRA for healthcare providers, healthcare leaders and health IT experts discuss why it’s critical for clinicians to think strategically, rather than tactically, about MACRA compliance.

Ambulatory EHR Market Projected to Reach $5.2 Billion by 2021

May 9, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
The global ambulatory EHR market is projected to reach $5.2 billion by 2021, up from $3.92 billion in 2016, driven by government support for the adoption of healthcare IT, growing usage of EHR solutions and the need to curtail healthcare costs, according to new...

At The Iowa Clinic, an Analytics-Driven Adult Immunization Project Drives Results

April 18, 2017  |  Heather Landi
article
To address gaps in its adult vaccination rates, The Iowa Clinic initiated an analytics-driven collaborative project to increase immunization rates, with a specific focus on pneumococcal pneumonia and influenza immunizations.

Pediatric Group Reports Ransomware Attack Impacting 55,000 Patients’ Data

April 6, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
A pediatrics practice, ABCD Pediatrics, serving the San Antonio, Texas metropolitan area reported that it was hit with a ransomware attack and the virus began encrypting the practice's servers, however, the encryption was slowed significantly by existing...

Healthcare Informatics Report Confirms MDs’ Lack of Preparedness for MACRA

March 29, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
A survey cosponsored by Healthcare Informatics and physician social network SERMO uncovers a significant lack of preparation by most practicing physicians for the data reporting requirements under the MACRA law

At the Health IT Summit in Cleveland, Framing MACRA As an Opportunity

March 23, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
article
Robert Schwartz, M.D., a principal with The Chartis Group, told attendees at the Health IT Summit in Cleveland on Thursday that the requirements under the MACRA law offer both challenges and opportunities for hospital organization leaders

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