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New Approaches to Healthcare Consumerism Examined at ATLAS Conference

September 20, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Although marketing healthcare services to consumers was once considered taboo and unethical, some leading health systems are now realizing the importance in doing so.

At ATLAS Conference, Experts Analyze the Wide-Ranging Implications of Health Policy

September 19, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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At the ATLAS conference, thought leaders discussed the current health policy landscape and how patient access, evolving care delivery models, and innovation all could be impacted.

Texas A&M Awarded Grant to Develop Technology for Diabetes, Heart Disease Monitoring

September 13, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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A Texas A&M University System-led consortium of industry, government partners and universities has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, with the goal of addressing the human and economic burden of diabetes and heart disease in underserved...

Overcoming Barriers to Collecting Patient-Reported Outcomes

September 7, 2017  |  David Raths
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Nine months ago I had to have surgery. Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) were not part of my follow-up care. A paper detailing Partners HealthCare's journey with PROMs details the challenges health systems have implementing them.

NIH’s “All of Us” Program Expands National Network of Medical Centers

September 1, 2017  | 
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The National Institute of Health’s (NIH) All of Us Research Program, previously called the Precision Medicine Initiative, added three sets of healthcare provider organizations to its network and the organizations will help enroll participants in long-term...

Getting Your "Value-Based Care House” in Order by Embracing Primary Care

August 28, 2017  |  Sylvia Dochterman, consultant, Freed Associates
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Regardless of what becomes of the Affordable Care Act, industry experts agree that value-based care (VBC) initiatives will likely remain. Here are five key VBC-oriented questions to ask regarding your primary care offerings.

How CMS is Following VA’s Lead on Informed Consent

August 25, 2017  |  Aaron S. Fink, M.D.
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By way of example, even in this time of tremendous change, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid is now addressing a key policy issue that the Department of Veterans Affairs addressed over a decade ago.

Sutter Health, Quartet Collaborate on Tech to Improve Mental Healthcare

August 23, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Sutter Health, a healthcare system in Northern California, and behavioral health technology company Quartet, are collaborating to deploy a technology platform that aims to better integrate mental and physical healthcare in Sutter Health’s network.

Could Electronic Communication Between Providers and Patients Have Unintended and Negative Consequences?

August 22, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A five-year data sample from a large U.S. health system shows that e-visits could have unintended consequences for MDs.

Doing the Right Thing in the Era of MACRA: The Role of Care Coordination

August 15, 2017  |  Thomas James, III, M.D.
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In the era of MACRA, providers need to balance reporting requirements, which can be time-consuming, while continuing to put patients first. One of the best ways to do this is to ensure patient care is well coordinated.

Allscripts Buys NantHealth’s Provider and Patient Engagement Business

August 13, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Digital health company NantHealth announced that it signed an agreement with Allscripts to sell the electronic health record (EHR) vendor its provider/patient engagement assets.

ONC Outlines Key Outcomes for Trusted Exchange Framework in Kickoff Meeting

August 10, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), in its first meeting to establish a trusted exchange framework for health data, outlined three key outcomes that the agency feels is necessary for success.

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