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MACRA 2018 Rule Reaction: Relief for Small Practices More of a “Band-Aid” than a Long-Term Fix

June 22, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Responding to stakeholder concerns, CMS is looking to make year two of the Quality Payment Program simpler for small practices. What will be the fallout for these clinicians?

AMGA’s Ambivalent First Reaction to the Quality Payment Program’s Proposed Rule Release

June 20, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Late Thursday afternoon, following the release by CMS of the proposed rule for the 2018 Quality Payment Program under the MACRA law, AMGA’s Chet Speed spoke with Healthcare Informatics regarding what his association sees as the plusses—and minuses—of the...

BREAKING: CMS Releases Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule for 2018

June 20, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a proposed rule that would make changes in the second year of MACRA’s Quality Payment Program (QPP), with the aim to simplify the program, especially for small, independent and rural practices.

AHA Calls on CMS to Cancel Stage 3 of Meaningful Use

June 15, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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In response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) request for information on CMS flexibilities and efficiencies, the American Hospital Association (AHA) is calling on the agency to further reduce regulatory burdens on hospitals and health...

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

May 30, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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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

Caradigm Carves Out a Niche in Rapidly Developing Sector

May 26, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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For our market scan on the population health market in the May issue, Healthcare Informatics profiles Caradigm, a company providing data analytics solutions with an eye towards meeting customers’ changing needs in a time of accelerating change.

Up-and-Comers 2017: SA Ignite’s Laser Focus on Regulatory Optimization

May 26, 2017  |  David Raths
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Tom Lee, Ph.D. has built a solid company around creating software nicknamed the “TurboTax for Meaningful Use,” because it makes regulatory compliance easier for health systems.

We’re Getting to Know What the High-Needs Patient Population Looks Like—and Seeing Clear Gaps

May 25, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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What do we know about the patients with the highest and most complex needs, as the healthcare system evolves forward around population health and care management—and what do we need to know? Some recent research and analyses shed light

Time to Pay Attention to CPC-Plus—And Its Enormous Potential to Reshape Primary Care

May 22, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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CMS’s announcement of the broadening of the geographic base of the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus program speaks to its potential to reshape primary care—and it will take health IT redesign to achieve success

A Study of ACO-Based Care Management Shows that Results Are Highly Replicable

May 19, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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I read with interest an article in the May Health Affairs, in which researchers analyzed early results of care management work undertaken at Massachusetts General Hospital—with positive implications for ACO-based care management going forward

CMS Announces $30 Million in Grants for Developing Quality Measures Under MACRA

May 17, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced it will award up to $30 million in grant funding to clinical specialty societies, clinical professional organizations and independent research organizations to develop quality measures under...

Leaving the Pioneer ACO Program Successful, Atrius Health Gets Ready for its Next Accountable Care Test

May 11, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Pioneer program ended in 2016, but Atrius Health is taking on the Next Gen ACO model with the same goals that it has always had—improving outcomes for patients at a more affordable cost.

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