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Survey Gauges Health System Preparedness for Quality Payment Program

November 17, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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A new survey indicates that most healthcare organizations are relying on EHRs and population health management solutions for quality performance management. However, survey respondents also report low satisfaction with these solutions, which puts organizations at...

Nemours Children’s Launches New Digital Health Platform to Tackle Chronic Disease

November 15, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Nemours Children’s Health System is piloting a new mobile app for asthma patients and their caregivers as part of a broader digital health strategy focused on building disease-specific tools that integrate the patient and clinician experience into one platform.

David Muntz Looks at Dallas, at Texas, and at Nationwide Healthcare Trends—in Context

November 13, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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David Muntz, the former Deputy National Coordinator for Health IT, and a former healthcare CIO for decades prior to that, offers his perspectives on key trends impacting the Dallas and Texas healthcare markets.

A Rural Healthcare CIO Speaks Out on East Texas’ Barriers to Value-Based Care

November 10, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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ETMC Regional Healthcare System’s CIO spoke to Healthcare Informatics about the organization’s biggest challenges right now as it relates to healthcare IT and value-based care, as well as other trends and innovation going on in the region.

Good Signs: NYC Health + Hospitals Corporation Boasts a True ACO Success Story

November 9, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation’s leaders have been able to boast very impressive results from their organization’s MSSP work--results that offer hope for leaders from all types of patient care organizations

The MACRA QPP 2018 Final Rule: Is It a Glass Half-Empty or a Glass Half-Full?

November 7, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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What one thinks of the QPP CY 2018 final rule could depend at least partly on a number of factors, including where one “sits” in the healthcare stakeholder constellation—and what one might have to do to respond to it, as a result

In Dallas, UT Southwestern’s Leaders Push Ahead on their Ambulatory Quality Initiative

November 3, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Things continue to move forward at UT Southwestern, where an extraordinary Ambulatory Quality Outcomes initiative snared its leaders the first-place award in Healthcare Informatics’ 2016 Innovator Awards Program

NIH Tackles Population Health Disparities with Social Epigenomics Research

November 2, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) plans to award 10 grants to support social epigenomics research in health disparities. This investigator-initiated research is being funded as part of the Social Epigenomics Research Focused on Minority Health and Health...

Report: 29 Percent of Healthcare Payments in 2016 Tied to APMs

November 1, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Nearly one-third (29 percent) of total U.S. health care payments were tied to alternative payment models (APMs) in 2016, a six percentage point increase from 2015, according to a report from the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (LAN).

Using EHR Data to Automate Public Health Reporting, Analysis

October 26, 2017  |  David Raths
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Michael Klompas, M.D., M.P.H, a professor of population medicine at Harvard University, spoke about his team’s work to use EHR data to automate reporting to public health agencies on notifiable diseases and chronic conditions.

Specialty Societies to MedPAC: MIPS Should Stay Put

October 26, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Alliance of Specialty Medicine has said it opposes the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC’s) recent suggestion to repeal MIPS (the Merit-based Incentive Payment System) in its current form.

Survey: Health System CEOs Weigh in on Preparing for Value-Based Care

October 26, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Hospital CEOs say the transition to value-based care is happening at a slower rate than expected, but health system CEOs continue to prepare for that transition, according to the Deloitte Center for Health Solution’s 2017 Survey of U.S. Health System CEOs.

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