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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...

WellStar Health System Partners with PatientPing for Care Coordination Technology

June 23, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
Marietta, Ga.-based WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia is partnering with PatientPing, a Boston-based health technology company, to use its care coordination technology across the health system.

Michigan Plans to Link State PDMP with Provider EHRs

June 21, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
The State of Michigan is directly adding the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) into the electronic health records (EHRs) and pharmacy management systems of hospitals, physician groups and pharmacies across the state.

Survey: The Advisory Board Company Looks at the Virtual Care Opportunity

June 20, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
article
On June 19, The Advisory Board Company announced the results of a survey of healthcare consumers, one that has found a very high level of interest among consumers in the provision of virtual visits on the part of providers

Boston Children’s, Duke Develop App to Help Families Monitor Children’s Health

June 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
Teams at Boston Children’s Hospital’s Innovation & Digital Health Accelerator (IDHA) and Duke Health System collaborated to develop an app, called Caremap, that aims to help parents and families organize and monitor their children’s health. The app is...

BCBS-Tennessee Leaders Make Headway with Medicaid Plan Member Engagement

June 13, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
article
When it comes to improving the health status of Medicaid recipients, leaders at BlueCare, the Medicaid division of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, have been making gains in care management and plan member engagement

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

UPMC’s New CMIO on the Transformative Role of CMIOs in Health System Change

June 5, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
article
Robert Bart, M.D., joined the Pittsburgh-based UPMC health system as CMIO, after serving as CMIO at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, and shares his perspectives on health system change

Is a New World of Interoperability-Fueled Clinical App Development Around the Corner?

May 31, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
An op-ed by two medical informaticists in The New England Journal of Medicine speaks to some of the challenges and opportunities facing the developers of clinical care-focused apps in the current environment—and the core interoperability issues in this moment

Study: HIEs Could Save Medicare $63M By Reducing Redundant Medical Tests

May 31, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
New research indicates that use of health information exchanges (HIEs) can reduce redundant and unnecessary medical procedures by giving physicians instant access to patients' current medical histories.

The Leaders of a Unique Michigan ACO Organization Share their Perspectives on ACO Development

May 30, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
article
Mazhar Jaffry, Abbas Kermani, and Diane Blackburn, three senior executives at Prime Accountable Care, LLC, in southeast Michigan, share their perspectives on physician-led ACO development, and on what they’ve learned so far

At Hackensack Meridian Health, an Innovative Approach to CDS in Cancer Care

May 29, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
article
Clinicians at Hackensack Meridian Health, led by hematologist/oncologist Andrew Pecora, M.D., have been involved in an initiative that is bringing clinical evidence to the point of decision-making, and changing specialist care delivery

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