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MACRA’s Quality Payment Program and the “Goldilocks Problem” in Federal Healthcare Policy

June 23, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
The release this week of the proposed rule for 2018 for the Quality Payment Program under MACRA has fueled a full spectrum of reactions from industry leaders. Are federal healthcare officials getting it “just right” in terms of the levels of rigor built into the...

CMS Issues Technical Assistance Resource Guide for Clinicians Participating in MACRA

May 30, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a technical assistance resource guide for clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program, in either the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or the Advanced Alternative Payment...

Thinking Strategically about MACRA and MIPS: Will It Be Sink or Swim in 2019? (Part 2 of Two)

May 17, 2017  |  Heather Landi
article
In Part Two of a two-part article, healthcare IT experts explore the reputational and operational implications of MIPS reporting as well as the necessary investments in health IT and other resources in order to succeed in the program.

Thinking Strategically About MACRA and MIPS: Will it Be Sink or Swim in 2019? (Part 1 of 2)

May 10, 2017  |  Heather Landi
article
In Part One of this two-part article exploring the implications of MACRA for healthcare providers, healthcare leaders and health IT experts discuss why it’s critical for clinicians to think strategically, rather than tactically, about MACRA compliance.

From Infancy to Adolescence on Population Health

May 9, 2017  |  David Raths
commentary
Bill Gillis, CIO of the Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization (BIDCO) in Boston talks about progress on bringing together claims and clinical data to refine its population health efforts.

Ambulatory EHR Market Projected to Reach $5.2 Billion by 2021

May 9, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
The global ambulatory EHR market is projected to reach $5.2 billion by 2021, up from $3.92 billion in 2016, driven by government support for the adoption of healthcare IT, growing usage of EHR solutions and the need to curtail healthcare costs, according to new...

AMIA’s iHealth Was All About Pop Health

May 7, 2017  |  David Raths
commentary
The AMIA iHealth 2017 Conference here in Philadelphia last week had a strong population health flavor to it. It kicked off with a great keynote address by the City of Brotherly Love’s own pop health guru, David Nash, M.D., founding dean of Thomas Jefferson...

Intermountain Wins Hearst Health Prize for Mental Health Integration

March 28, 2017  |  David Raths
news
based Intermountain Healthcare was named the winner of the 2017 Hearst Health Prize for its mental health integration program, which embeds mental health screening and treatment within primary care and select specialty practices.

CDC Survey: Cardiologists, Neurologists Have Highest EHR Adoption Rates

March 27, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Electronic Health Records Survey, office-based cardiologists and neurologists have the highest electronic health record (EHR) adoption rates by specialty, at 95.6 percent and 94.5 percent...

What Do Primary Care Docs Need in Terms of Genomic Clinical Decision Support?

March 23, 2017  |  David Raths
article
At the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, work on genomic clinical decision support has started with a focus on primary care.

Autonomous Driving: What’s Next, Autonomous Healthcare?

March 12, 2017  |  Joe Marion
commentary
Autonomous cars are coming. Will healthcare follow suit?

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.

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