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

April 19, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
article
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
news
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
commentary
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Should MIPS be Repealed and Replaced?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
article
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
article
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
news
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
article
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
article
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
news
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
news
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
news
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
commentary
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.

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