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Veritas Capital, Elliott Management Acquire athenahealth in $5.7B Deal

November 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Private equity firm Veritas Capital and hedge fund Elliott Management are acquiring athenahealth, the Watertown, Mass.-based EHR and practice management vendor, for $5.7 billion, according to a Monday announcement.

HHS Secretary Azar: HHS Is Planning New Mandatory Bundled Payment Models

November 8, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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CMS is revisiting mandatory bundled payment models, possibly for radiation oncology and cardiac care, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, which signals a strategic change in the Trump Administration’s policy about bundled payment...

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.

Bringing Genetics to the Forefront of Primary Care

October 4, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Health systems, such as NorthShore University HealthSystem, are now becoming more interested in incorporating genetic information into a patient’s care plan

Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative to Honor Dr. Karen DeSalvo

October 2, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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Karen DeSalvo, M.D., M.P.H., former national coordinator for HIT, will receive the 2018 Barbara Starfield Primary Care Leadership Award from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative.

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.

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.

In Northern California, Leaders at One FQHC Leveraged Technology to Help a Community in Crisis

June 4, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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In the midst of the October wildfires that ravaged Northern California communities, leaders at Petaluma Health Center leveraged technology tools to quickly communicate with patients and provide quality patient care throughout the crisis.

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.

Allscripts to Buy HealthGrid for Patient Engagement Functionality

May 4, 2018  |  David Raths
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Health IT vendor Allscripts (NASDAQ:MDRX) has agreed to acquire HealthGrid Holding Co., the developer of a mobile patient engagement platform called CareNotify.

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.

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.

NYC H + H’s CEO Looks at Primary Care’s Role in Healthcare Reform

February 27, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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During a Primary Care Summit in NYC on Feb. 26, Mitchell Katz, M.D., the new president and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals, New York's safety net health system, provided his perspectives on primary care policy and health care reform.

AAFP Calls on ONC, CMS to Reduce Administrative Burden for Docs

February 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The American Academy of Family Physicians is calling for CMS and ONC to take a number of steps to reduce clinician burden from health information technology.

CHOP Exec to Lead Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers

February 5, 2018  |  David Raths
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The Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, a 15-year old New Jersey nonprofit organization known for its healthcare “hotspotting” model, has named Kathleen Noonan its new CEO.

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.

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

January 5, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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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
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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
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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.

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