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

March 26, 2018  |  David Raths
article
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
commentary
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Should MIPS be Repealed and Replaced?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
news
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
commentary
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
commentary
RSNA 2017 is now history. What were some interesting takeaways for healthcare IT?

Physician Survey Indicates Incremental Progress in Shift to Value-Based Pay

November 30, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
A survey of 386 family physicians conducted by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and Humana indicates a growing acceptance of value-based payments, reflected in IT, care coordination and other investments, yet major barriers still exist.

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