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

November 20, 2017  |  David Raths
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.”

Is Our Health System Limping Along or in the ICU?

September 29, 2017  |  David Raths
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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
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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
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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.

Getting Your "Value-Based Care House” in Order by Embracing Primary Care

August 28, 2017  |  Sylvia Dochterman, consultant, Freed Associates
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Regardless of what becomes of the Affordable Care Act, industry experts agree that value-based care (VBC) initiatives will likely remain. Here are five key VBC-oriented questions to ask regarding your primary care offerings.

One Health System’s Journey to Improve Patient Engagement

July 26, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Clinical and IT leaders at Phoenix-based Maricopa Integrated Health System have collaborated to increase patient adoption of the personal health record to enable patients to be more involved in their own care.

Report: Epic Far Outperforms Other Practice Management Vendors in Overall Satisfaction

July 18, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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A new report from Orem, Utah-based KLAS Research finds that practice management (PM) solutions vendors are struggling to provide consistent experience across practice size.

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