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Looking at the CVS-Aetna Deal: One Academic Sees Major Disruptive Potential

February 16, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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One academic researcher looks at CVS Health’s acquisition of Aetna, and shares her perspective that the proposed deal could have a very big disruptive impact on U.S. healthcare—including on provider organizations

Can a Prescription for Fresh Food Treat Diabetes? At Geisinger, an Informatics-Driven Project Is Showing Promising Results

February 8, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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With the aim of addressing food insecurity and to improve patients’ diabetes management, Geisinger launched a Fresh Food Farmacy initiative to give away fresh, healthy food to diabetes patients, supported by robust data analytics and digital technology.

Study Finds Health IT Adoption Has Positive Effect on Medical Outcomes

February 8, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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In a recently published study, two healthcare researchers analyzed the effect of the adoption of health information technology on medical outcomes since 2011.

An Industry Expert Shares Insights on the Challenges and Opportunities around Bundled Payments

January 24, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Charlene Frizzera, a former senior CMS official, has been on the front lines in helping providers succeed in bundled-payment models—and she has insights to share around what the leaders in the industry have been learning

Could HHS and CMS Shift Direction on Mandatory Bundled Payments? It’s an Intriguing Prospect

January 11, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Alex Azar’s comments in his Senate Finance Committee confirmation hearings were highly intriguing; only time will tell what might happen to mandatory bundled payments under his direction, at Health and Human Services

Clinical Performance Improvement Leaders Zero In on ICU Challenges

January 10, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Last month, leaders at the Charlotte, N.C.-based Premier Inc. released a report on the potential for clinical performance improvement in ICUs in U.S. healthcare, outlining tremendous opportunities for systemic improvement in hospitals

Regenstrief Study to Evaluate HIE Use and Impact on Patient Outcomes in the ED

January 5, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Scientists at the Indianapolis, Ind.-based Regenstrief Institute are conducting the first study of health information exchange (HIE) use over multiple years to evaluate whether it improves patient outcomes in emergency departments.

AHRQ to Launch IT Challenge for Patient-Reported Outcomes Data

January 4, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality plans to conduct a challenge competition in the fall 2018 aimed at developing user-friendly technical tools to collect and integrate patient-reported outcome data in electronic health records or other health...

In New York State, a Unique MSSP ACO Cares for Patients with Intellectual Disabilities

December 20, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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In New York state, the Alliance for Integrated Care of New York (AICNY) is leveraging data and analytics in order to optimize care delivery to patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities

At the HIT Summit-Dallas, Texas Health Resources Clinical Informatics Leaders Innovate Towards High-Reliability Healthcare

December 14, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Luis Saldaña, M.D., CMIO, and Mary Beth Mitchell, R.N., CNIO, at Texas Health Resources, shared with the HIT Summit-Dallas audience the advances they’ve made towards transforming their health system into a high-reliability organization

The Leapfrog Group and a Chicago Community Hospital Square Off in a Lawsuit Over Quality Grading

December 11, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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St. Anthony Hospital in Chicago is suing the Leapfrog Group over a dispute about the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade that it received this fall, opening a new, legal, front in the discussion around quality ratings

When State Medicaid Leaders Talk, We Need to Listen

December 10, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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The discussion that took place at the Sloan School of Management at MIT last month was highly relevant to a host of issues around not only Medicaid program reform, but overall health system reform across the U.S. healthcare system

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