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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.

In Lawsuit, Physician Practices Claim eClinicalWorks Software Failed to Meet MU Standards

January 5, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
Electronic health records (EHR) vendor eClinicalWorks now faces a second class action lawsuit in a little over a month as continued fallout from allegations that the company’s software does not meet Meaningful Use requirements.

Humana’s Chief Medical Officer Shares his Perspectives on Driving Forward into Value-Based Care

December 15, 2017  |  Heather Landi
article
Humana chief medical officer Roy Beveridge, M.D., shares his perspectives on the findings of a recent value-based care study and the implications for providers making the transition to value-based reimbursement model agreements.

Technology Affordability in Community Hospitals

December 6, 2017  |  Pete Rivera
commentary
Community hospitals traditionally operate in many under-served areas. They are often the oasis for patients that otherwise would have to travel long distances to receive quality care.

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

December 5, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
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.

Physician Survey Indicates Incremental Progress in Shift to Value-Based Pay

November 30, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
A survey of 386 family physicians conducted by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and Humana indicates a growing acceptance of value-based payments, reflected in IT, care coordination and other investments, yet major barriers still exist.

In San Francisco's Chinatown, Using HIT to Improve Patient Identification and Analyze Care Gaps

November 27, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
article
Serving an immigrant community with complex medical and support needs, the Chinese Community Health Care Association (CCHCA) is moving forward to implement strategies that optimize patient identification and care management.

Data Quality, Liquidity Key to Physician Practice Transition to Value-Based Care

November 20, 2017  |  David Raths
article
Issues with data liquidity and quality will make the transition to value-based care difficult, says the American Academy of Family Physicians' Steven Waldren, M.D., “but the horse is out of the barn, and we will move toward value-based payment no matter...

OCHIN Pilots Getting Social Determinants Data into Epic

November 11, 2017  |  David Raths
article
In a two-year project, Oregon-based OCHIN sought to learn how to systematically track social determinants of health in community health center EHRs.

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?

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.

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