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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.

Plunging Ahead: Advanced Physician Organization Leaders Move Forward to Manage Risk

July 19, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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For the July/August Healthcare Informatics cover story, advanced medical group leaders share how they are analyzing and using data to feed continuous clinical and operational performance improvement

Report: Epic Far Outperforms Other Practice Management Vendors in Overall Satisfaction

July 18, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
A new report from Orem, Utah-based KLAS Research finds that practice management (PM) solutions vendors are struggling to provide consistent experience across practice size.

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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