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In a Top-Heavy EHR Market, Optimization Becomes the Focus

March 27, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
Hospitals and health systems are becoming increasingly focused on getting benefits from the EHR products that they have invested so much money into.

Top Ten Tech Trends 2017: Slow FHIR: Will a Much-Hyped Standard Turbo-Charge Interoperability—Or Maybe Not Quite?

March 21, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Industry leaders and experts agree that the landscape around FHIR and interoperability is one of tremendous complexity, with no black-and-white, only shades of gray.

MGMA Urges CMS to Immediately Release MIPS Reporting Information

March 16, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
In a letter to CMS, the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) has called for the immediate release of critical 2017 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligibility information, including notifications about the low volume threshold exemption.

Health IT Now Coalition Questions ONC’s Role in Letter to Secretary Price

March 14, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
The Health IT Now Coalition has written a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price, M.D., calling out concerns the organization has with the ONC.

One Radiology Chair’s Perspectives on the Use of Teleradiology Firms to Extend Radiologist Capabilities

March 8, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Phillip Kohanski, M.D., chief of radiology at William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, Connecticut, shares his perspectives on his organization’s journey around the use of external teleradiology services

Scaling Up Infrastructure for the Analytics to Support Care Management: Molina Healthcare’s View

March 5, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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IT leaders at the Long Beach, California-based Molina Healthcare saw the need to make a leap forward in terms of IT infrastructure in order to support the analytics capability that facilities population health management

Providers Urge Federal Officials to Delay 2015 CEHRT Requirements

March 3, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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An array of provider associations have asked federal officials to delay 2015 EHR certification requirements “until such technology is widely available, and in no event, sooner than January 2019.”

McKesson, Change Healthcare Complete Formation of New HIT Company

March 2, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
San Francisco-based McKesson Corporation and Nashville-based Change Healthcare Holdings have announced the completion of their previously-announced agreement to create a new health IT company.

Who’s to Blame for Healthcare’s Interoperability Struggles? An Expert Weighs in—and Urges Stakeholders to Move Forward

February 28, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
commentary
It was refreshing to read Dr. Julia Adler-Milstein’s commentary on interoperability, and why constantly pointing fingers at each other can be counterproductive.

UPMC’s McCallister and Heppenstall: The Time Is Now to Invest in HIT’s Future

February 27, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
article
In the midst of the frenzied activity at HIMSS17 in Orlando last week, UPMC CIO Ed McCallister and UPMC Enterprises president Tal Heppenstall spoke with Healthcare Informatics about where their organization is headed these days

Aetna Joins CMS’ CPC+ Primary Care Initiative in Pennsylvania

February 27, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
Aetna announced last week that it would collaborate with other health plans in its region and local primary care practices as part of the federal government’s Comprehensive Primary Care + (CPC+) initiative.

If You Thought You Knew Exactly What Was Going to Happen at HIMSS17, You Might Have Been Wrong

February 27, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
The whirlwind that is the annual HIMSS Conference hit Orlando, Florida this year—and brought with it a mix of predictability and surprises, at a time of unprecedented change for U.S. healthcare

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