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NCQA Offers Comments to CMS on Quality Payment Program 2018 Rule

August 15, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In comments to CMS, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has offered several suggestions that it thinks the federal agency should consider before writing the final Quality Payment Program rule for 2018.

Looking at a Recent Survey—and Patient Care Leaders’ Determination to Move Ahead on Population Health

August 8, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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A practicing physician and industry expert looks at the results of a new survey affirming providers’ determination to move forward on population health strategies

BREAKING: CMS Finalizes 90-Day MU Reporting Period, Pushes Back Stage 3 Mandate

August 3, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a final rule that affirms a 90-day reporting for hospitals attesting to the meaningful use program in 2018.

Report: Small Hospitals Lag Far Behind in Transition to Value-Driven Care

July 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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There is a gap in capabilities and core competencies between large and small hospitals and health systems in the ongoing transition to value-driven care. What’s more, small organizations often lag far behind large ones in key components of the transition, putting...

With MDs at the Helm, Might Some of Health IT’s Burdens Be Behind Us?

July 13, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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During a call with health IT press this week, ONC leadership again affirmed their aim to make EHRs easier to use for doctors. Is this a good sign of things to come?

Are Safety-Net Hospitals Being Unfairly Penalized by Medicare’s Value-Based Purchasing Program?

July 12, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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An analysis by the Government Accountability Office finds concerning discrepancies between the stated goals of the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program and its execution in practice, around the penalization of safety-net hospitals

The GAO Calls Out Problems It Sees in the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program

July 11, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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In a report published at the end of June, the U.S. Government Accountability Office challenged HHS and CMS to improve the measurement methodology embedded in the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program

One Medical Researcher’s Take on EHR Usability and the Impact on Patient Care

July 11, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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While it’s no secret that physicians have complaints about EHRs, the co-author of a new medical study about hospital-based physicians’ perceptions of EHRs says the study findings illustrate that EHR usability should be addressed as a quality of care issue.

When It Comes to Assessing the Value of the PCMH Model of Care, the Devil Really Is In the Details

July 8, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found some seemingly counter-intuitive results, in the analysis of the adoption of the patient-centered medical home model FQHCs—but counter-intuitive only on the surface

Survey: Hospital, Office Physicians Say EHRs Hinder Patient Interaction, in Different Ways

July 7, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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While it’s no secret that physicians have complaints about electronic health records (EHRs) and the impact on patient interactions, one survey has found that hospital-based physicians and office-based physicians have slightly different concerns about how...

AMA/KPMG Survey: Docs Still Frustrated by MACRA’s Complexities

June 28, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A new survey of 1,000 practicing physicians who have been involved in practice decision-making related to MACRA’s Quality Payment Program (QPP) shows that fewer than one in four physicians who have begun to get ready for the program feel well prepared to meet its...

At the Health IT Summit in Nashville, a Pragmatic Look at the Complexities in Leveraging Data Analytics

June 28, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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On Tuesday at the Health IT Summit in Nashville, attendees were offered a very vigorous discussion of the opportunities and challenges around the leveraging of data analytics in patient care organizations

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