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Patient Access and Analytics: Perfect Together

February 7, 2018  |  Jason Williams, Vice President, Business Strategy & Analytics, Change Healthcare
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Applying analytics to patient access can radically improve a health system’s ability to understand what’s influencing financial performance, and improve the metrics that matter.

NCQA Approved by Government as ONC-Authorized Testing Lab

February 20, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has announced that its eMeasure testing laboratory is now approved by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

Financial Exec Survey: Interoperability Key Obstacle to Value-Based Payment Models

February 15, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Momentum continues to grow for value-based care as nearly three-quarters of healthcare executives report their organizations have achieved positive financial results from value-based payment programs, to date, according to a new study from the Healthcare...

CMS Actuaries: Economic, Demographic Factors Driving Healthcare Spending Growth

February 14, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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New estimates released Wednesday from CMS’s Office of the Actuary project an average annual rate of national health spending growth of 5.5 percent for 2017–2026, outpacing average projected growth in GDP by 1.0 percentage point. As a result, the health share of...

Overnight Congressional Bill Proposes Slowing Down MIPS

February 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A Congressional bill passed in the early morning hours on Feb. 9 brought an end to an overnight government shutdown, while also including provisions that give CMS the option to slow down certain aspects of MIPS.

Study: Payers, Providers, Patients Differ on Consumer Engagement Investments, Effectiveness

January 29, 2018  |  Change Healthcare
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Value-based care is driving investments in consumer engagement strategies and technologies, but consumers are not seeing the difference.

Associations Express Concerns to CMS over BPCI Advanced Model

January 26, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Leading healthcare associations are asking CMS to provide more information around the recently-announced voluntary Bundled Payment for Care Improvement-Advanced (BPCIA) model while also outlining concerns they have with its implementation.

In Illinois, an MSSP ACO Proves its Worth Once Again

January 16, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Healthcare Informatics recently caught up with Lee B. Sacks, M.D., chief medical officer of Advocate Health Care, to talk about the ACO’s impressive 2016 results, reasons for its successful performance, challenges faced, and next steps.

MedPAC Votes 14-2 to Scrap MIPS, Recommends Alternative Program

January 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), a nonpartisan legislative branch agency that provides the U.S. Congress with analysis and policy advice on the Medicare program, voted 14-2 on Thursday in favor of scrapping the Merit-based Incentive Payment...

MGMA Calls for CMS to Release 2018 MIPS Eligibility Notices

January 11, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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In a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, the Medical Group Management Association is calling for the agency to immediately release 2018 MIPS eligibility information, including exemptions under the low-volume threshold and special status as non-patient-facing...

CMS Announces New Voluntary Bundled Payment Model that Qualifies as Advanced APM

January 10, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday announced the launch of a new voluntary bundled payment model called Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced).

Healthcare Informatics Podcast: John Halamka on Precision Medicine and the Wide-Ranging Future of Health IT

January 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In the most recent Healthcare Informatics podcast, Managing Editor Rajiv Leventhal and Dr. John Halamka discuss the CIO’s latest takeaways on MACRA, and also touch on other key health IT topics such as the next frontier in innovation and precision medicine.

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