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NCQA Approved by Government as ONC-Authorized Testing Lab

February 20, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has announced that its eMeasure testing laboratory is now approved by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

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

February 16, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
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

AAFP Calls on ONC, CMS to Reduce Administrative Burden for Docs

February 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
The American Academy of Family Physicians is calling for CMS and ONC to take a number of steps to reduce clinician burden from health information technology.

Good News/Bad News: Which Side of the ACO Story Are You On?

February 1, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
commentary
CMS’ 2016 ACO data can tell different stories depending on how one looks at the numbers.

Next Generation ACO Program Gets 17 New Participants

January 25, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has added 17 new participants to its Next Generation ACO (accountable care organization) program.

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

January 24, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
article
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
commentary
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
article
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

What’s the Driving Force Behind UnityPoint Health’s Continued ACO Success?

January 3, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
Leaders point to past experiences in value-based care programs, being data-driven, and having a strong focus and consistent messaging as reasons for strong ACO results

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

December 20, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
article
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

California Stakeholders Endorse Plan to Standardize ACO Benchmarking

December 19, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
The Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) and Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH) have announced that they are working together to develop a benchmarking framework for California ACOs (accountable care organizations).

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

December 11, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
article
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

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