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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?

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

AMIA Announces Formal Collaboration With OpenNotes

November 6, 2017  |  David Raths
news
At its annual symposium in Washington, D.C., the American Medical Informatics Association announced a formal collaboration with OpenNotes.

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.

CMS Administrator Verma Announces “Meaningful Measures” Initiative

October 30, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma announced the agency’s efforts to streamline quality measures and reduce regulatory burden with a new approach to quality measurement called “Meaningful Measures.”

Specialty Societies to MedPAC: MIPS Should Stay Put

October 26, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
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.

In New Mexico, a Medical Home Model Created Outside the Hospital

October 12, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
Barbara McAneny, M.D., an oncologist/hematologist, was the leader behind the Community Oncology Medical Home, a model built around keeping patients out of the hospital.

In Texas, Radiologists and Other Clinicians Keep Patient Care Moving During Natural Disasters

October 6, 2017  |  Healthcare Informatics
article
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in August, radiologists and other clinicians kept patient care delivery moving, despite enormous obstacles

In Phoenix, One Radiology Group Surges Ahead in Improving Workflow Efficiency

October 1, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
article
At Southwest Diagnostic Imaging in Phoenix, leaders are moving forward rapidly to leverage information technology to improve radiologist workflow efficiency and rework important processes

Is Our Health System Limping Along or in the ICU?

September 29, 2017  |  David Raths
commentary
Debate premise: Is the U.S. healthcare system like a patient in the intensive care unit battling sepsis? Or is it more like someone in a skilled nursing facility recovering from a stroke?

Survey: Wait Times Down, Patient Portal Use Up at Medical Practices

September 1, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
U.S. medical practices report that wait times have improved by five minutes from last year, down to an average of 20 minutes total between the waiting area and the exam room. For hospital-owned practices specifically, that number goes down to an average of 17...

Survey Finds Half of Healthcare Professionals “Not At All” Familiar with MACRA

August 28, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
A new survey of healthcare professionals finds a great deal of uncertainty about the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Quality Payment Program, with half of respondents reporting that they are "not at all" familiar with MACRA.

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