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Joint Commission Selects Apervita Platform to Ease Hospital eCQM Submission

November 14, 2017  |  David Raths
news
The Joint Commission has selected Apervita’s platform to enable hospitals to directly submit electronic clinical quality measure data in 2018.

Quantifying (and Alleviating) the Quality Measurement Burden

November 9, 2017  |  David Raths
commentary
Can EHRs be designed to more easily collect and report metrics? What other steps can help keep externally reported measures to a manageable level?

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

November 9, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
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

More Hospitals are Voluntarily Submitting eCQM Data, Report Finds

November 9, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
The number of U.S. hospitals that voluntarily submitted eCQM (electronic clinical quality measure) data has increased significantly in the last year, according to the Joint Commission’s 2017 annual report.

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

November 7, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
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

MACRA Rule Reaction: CMS Gets Serious in 2018

November 7, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
Despite the fact that many Medicare clinicians will be exempt from MIPS in 2018, for those that are participating, the stakes have been raised

Could Providing More Context Reshape Healthcare Consumer Choices? One Survey Says It Could

November 7, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
article
Survey results announced on Nov. 2 by the health technology company Grand Rounds indicate that healthcare consumers will choose perceived physician outcomes quality over appointment convenience—if given information in context

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

November 3, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
article
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

Healthcare Industry Leaders React to Quality Payment Program Final Rule for 2018

November 3, 2017  |  Heather Landi
article
The day after CMS released the final rule making changes in the second year of the Quality Payment Program under the MACRA law, healthcare industry leaders are voicing mixed reactions, but do seem satisfied with some of the increased flexibilities.

BREAKING NEWS: CMS Publishes CY 2018 MACRA QPP Final Rule

November 2, 2017  |  Mark Hagland, Rajiv Leventhal, Heather Landi, and David Raths
article
Late in the afternoon on Thursday, Nov. 2, CMS published its calendar-year 2018 Quality Payment Program final rule, under the MACRA law, with important modifications for physicians

CMS Transitioning to New Health IT Standard for Reporting eCQMs

November 1, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
CMS has announced electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) in CMS quality programs will be transitioned to use the Clinical Quality Language (CQL) standard (CQL Release 1, Standard for Trial Use (STU) 2) for logic expression.

During Senate Hearing, ONC, CMS Leaders Report on Progress Implementing HIT Provisions in Cures Act

November 1, 2017  |  Heather Landi
article
During a Senate HELP committee hearing Tuesday, Senate leaders pressed ONC, CMS and OIG leaders on the progress being made to implement the health IT provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act, which was signed into law December 2016.

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