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MUSC Telehealth Leaders Share Their Roadmap to Success

October 17, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Three key telehealth leaders at the Medical University of South Carolina share lessons learned in building a robust program of telehealth services to serve patients across the state.

Heritage Medical Systems’ Voyage to Value—and How Physicians are Leading the Way

October 11, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Mark Wagar, president of Heritage Physician Organizations, recently spoke with Healthcare Informatics about his organization’s value-based care journey, its ACO progress, and how physician culture can be changed.

Survey: 62 Percent of Docs Use Speech Recognition, But Cite Concerns About Accuracy

September 26, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Two-thirds of physicians are currently using speech recognition technology with their electronic health record (EHR) solution, yet 23 percent have no plans to adopt speech recognition, according to a Reaction Data survey about the use of speech-enabled EHRs.

Physicians Cite Lack of Interoperability, Documentation Burden as Top EHR Pain Points

September 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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A recent survey of primary and specialty care physicians by Deloitte reveals that physician feedback on how to improve EHRs is often overlooked as physicians continue to be frustrated with EHRs, particularly due to lack of interoperability and the burden of...

Top Ten Tech Trends 2018: Markets and Medicine—Where Do Physicians Land, in the Emerging World of U.S. Healthcare?

September 5, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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Even as the purchasers and payers of healthcare push hard on physicians to embrace value-based care delivery and payment, doctors remain conflicted and ambivalent about the new healthcare.

Duke, Cerner Partner on Cardiac Risk Calculator App

August 24, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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EHR vendor Cerner has collaborated with Duke Clinical Research Institute to develop a SMART-on-FHIR atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) Risk Calculator app.

For UNC Health Care, Managing Provider Data is a Stepping Stone to High-Quality Care

August 16, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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The state-run health system has been doing what it internally calls ““provider data integrity,” with the help of a technology platform that provides operational leaders with a single source of truth.

A Pioneering M.D. Leader Shares Insights on Successfully Navigating the Massachusetts Healthcare Market

August 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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At the Boston Health IT Summit, the veteran healthcare expert dropped in to give attendees an inside look at how her organization has achieved value-based care success

At BIDCO, a “Pharmacy First” Approach to Population Health is Driving Promising Results

July 31, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Leaders at Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization deployed a unique “pharmacy first” approach specifically to its Rising Risk Management program with the aim of achieving improved health outcomes in months, not years.

Could Last Week’s Proposed-Rule Release Represent an Inflection Point for CMS and for Value-Based Federal Payment?

July 18, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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CMS’s release of a proposed rule that will impact a range of issues, from physician payment to quality measures, has unleashed a range of reactions from industry leaders—could this prove to be an inflection point?

Healthcare Leaders React to CMS’ 2019 QPP Proposed Rule and E&M Coding Changes

July 18, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Some health IT industry groups have voiced concerns that the CMS proposals, specifically in its proposed rule for the third year of the Quality Payment Program, will undermine efforts to move Medicare provider payment to value.

At the Health IT Summit in Nashville, Next-Door Neighbor Georgia Offers Lessons in Rural Telemedicine Advances

June 28, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Health IT Summit in Nashville, Suleima Salgado of the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Georgia Department of Health shared with attendees insights on the advances her office has made in improving rural health via telemedicine

At Phoenix Children’s, A Clinical Documentation Initiative is Driving Results

May 16, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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At Phoenix Children’s Hospital, clinical and IT leaders worked closely on an initiative to leverage technology to improve clinical documentation, providing physicians with actionable information in real-time at the point of care.

Advocacy Group Formed to Promote Independent Physicians’ Roles in Value-Based Care

May 10, 2018  |  David Raths
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Several physician-focused healthcare organizations have united to form the Partnership to Empower Physician-Led Care (PEPC) to advocate for the role of independent physician practices in value-based care.

In Response to Public Comments on CMMI, CMS will Consider Direct Provider Contracting Model

April 24, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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CMS has released the comments submitted by healthcare stakeholders in response to the CMS Innovation Center’s new direction RFI, while also announcing that the agency is considering a direct provider contracting model as a result of the feedback.

At New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery, Advances in Clinical Communications Address Patient Safety, Clinician Satisfaction Issues

April 19, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Leaders at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery share what they’ve accomplished and learned, after transitioning from an old analog pager system to an integrated telecommunications system—including gains in patient safety and clinician satisfaction

ACP Study: Only 37 Percent of MIPS Measures Are Valid

April 19, 2018  |  David Raths
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A new study from the American College of Physicians Performance Measurement Committee rated as valid only 37 percent of the 86 Quality Payment Program measures for 2017 deemed relevant to ambulatory general internal medicine.

Could the MedPAC Proposal Around MIPS End Up Being the Wrong Answer to the Right Question?

March 20, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, or MedPAC, has proposed that Congress eliminate the MIPS program and replace it with a new value-based purchasing program—but does that proposal make sense in the current policy and payment moment?

Should MIPS be Repealed and Replaced? Several Industry Leaders Weigh in on MedPAC’s Published Proposal

March 19, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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In its March report to Congress, MedPAC, a policy advisory group, recommends repealing MIPS and replacing it with an alternative model of reimbursement. Several industry thought leaders weigh in on the implications of this recommendation and the future of MIPS.

PODCAST: AMA President Dr. David Barbe on the 2018 MACRA Final Rule and the Future of MIPS

March 2, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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In this latest Healthcare Informatics podcast, David Barbe, M.D., American Medical Association president, discusses the 2018 MACRA final rule, how it differs from 2017 and why he has reservations about the MedPAC proposal to repeal and replace MIPS.

Roche to Pay $1.9B for Flatiron Health

February 15, 2018  |  David Raths
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Switzerland-based pharmaceutical company Roche has agreed to pay $1.9 billion to buy New York-based Flatiron Health Inc., which has both an oncology EHR and data analytics platform.

Despite Deadline Reprieve, Imaging Informatics Teams Feel Sense of Urgency About Clinical Decision Support

January 31, 2018  |  David Raths
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Although implementation of a law to require clinical decision support use involving imaging orders was delayed, imaging informatics executives still feel pressure to accelerate efforts to deploy a CDS system.

Adventist Health System Leverages Analytics to Improve Surgeons’ Robotic Surgery Skills and Performance

January 28, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Stephen Knych, M.D., the chief quality and patient safety officer at the Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based Adventist Health System, is leading an initiative that is improving surgeons’ clinical skills and operational performance, in the key area of robotically...

DaVita Physician Solutions to Replace Nephrology-Specific EHR with Epic

January 12, 2018  |  David Raths
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DaVita Inc., a provider of kidney care services, has announced that DaVita Physician Solutions will partner with Epic to replace Falcon Physician, its nephrology-specific electronic health record.

With $40M More in Funding, Quartet Seeks to Expand Nationwide

January 11, 2018  |  David Raths
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New York-based Quartet, a company that is building a technology platform to bring together physicians, mental health providers, and insurers, has raised $40 million in a Series C round to fuel the nationwide expansion of its business model.

Study: Ophthalmologists Report Declining Productivity, Revenues Following EHR Adoption

January 2, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Approximately 72 percent of U.S. ophthalmologists have adopted EHRs, but they are reporting that their net revenues and productivity have declined since implementing these systems, and that practice costs are higher with EHR use.

For Doctors Without Borders, Telemedicine Brings Specialized Care to the Front Lines

December 22, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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As healthcare IT leaders focus on leading-edge and next-generation technologies in 2018, it's worth recognizing the benefits of more fundamental technologies, such as telemedicine, to help link patients in greatest need with specialized care.

For Some, CMS’ Cancelling of Two Mandatory Bundled Payment Models is Music to the Ears

December 5, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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When the news last week broke that CMS finalized a rule that will cancel mandatory hip fracture and cardiac bundled payment models, for some industry stakeholders, the rule came as a welcome relief.

Can AI Help to Save the Practice of Radiology for the Future?

December 5, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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At the RSNA Conference last week, the breadth and intensity of the discussions around artificial intelligence revealed the universal concern over how radiology can prove itself in the new healthcare

At RSNA, Industry Sage Joe Marion Scans the Landscape—and Sees Massive Change

December 1, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Joe Marion, one of the most respected consultants in imaging and imaging informatics, shares his perspectives on what’s been different at this year’s RSNA Conference, and where everything is headed in terms of vendor solutions

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