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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
news
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.

A New C-Level Position Proposed for the Hospital

July 18, 2017  |  David Raths
commentary
Two leaders in primary care are proposing a new hospital role: the chief primary care medical officer.

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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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