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Another “Is Meaningful Use Dead” Debate? You Don’t Say!

May 4, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The recently released proposed MACRA rule brings up a question that has been debated more than once of late: is meaningful use, as we know it, over?

Could a Personal Letter Start a Medical Revolution?

May 4, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Could Dr. Martin Makary’s letter to Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC director, asking for a change in how deaths are recorded, change how the U.S. healthcare system approaches medical errors in hospital care?

Watching CMS Listen to Providers

May 3, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Last week’s announcement on the part of CMS officials proposing significant changes to Medicare payment for physicians signaled an increasing willingness on their part to dialogue iteratively with providers about what needs to be changed---and when

Washington Debrief: MACRA Reg is Out!

May 2, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
In an unusual move, CMS published the long-anticipated proposed rule on the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM) program stemming from the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) of 2015

What’s Best for Medicare Docs? Healthcare Policy Experts Weigh in on MACRA Payment Tracks

April 29, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Healthcare policy folks discuss the MIPS versus advanced APMs track options under the just-released MACRA proposed rule.

Within MACRA Proposed Rule, Health IT Leaders Ponder the Complexity of the “New” Meaningful Use

April 28, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
With the release of a proposed MACRA rule on April 27, the federal government announced changes to the existing MU program, leaving Medicare physicians with nearly 1,000 pages of reading to examine how the new program, called Advancing Care Information, and...

Healthcare Professional Associations Respond to New CMS Proposal for MD Reporting

April 27, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
The first statements by healthcare professional associations regarding CMS’s announcement of a new quality reporting program for physicians began emerging on Wednesday evening, hours after the announcement

BREAKING NEWS: CMS Announces Long-Awaited MACRA Proposed Rule; Program Includes MU Makeover for MDs

April 27, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
CMS officials announce their plan to replace the meaningful use program for Medicare-participating physicians with a new program under the MIPS program, called Advancing Care Information

New Survey: Clinician Leaders Reveal their Care Coordination Priorities, Challenges

April 25, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
A new survey of clinical and operational leaders from across the continuum of care reveals the main areas of focus of care coordination efforts in patient care organizations nationwide—with implication for IT leaders

Washington Debrief: Efforts Continue for 90-day Reporting Period for 2016

April 25, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
Last week bills were introduced into both the House and Senate to direct the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to institute a 90-day reporting period for Meaningful Use program participants for 2016.

Small Georgia Hospital Uses Business Intelligence Strategy to Drive Performance Improvement

April 22, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Union General Hospital in rural north Georgia recently implemented a business intelligence strategy with the goal of putting data into the hands of case managers and clinicians to drive real-time decision-making to improve efficiency and quality of care.

Live from iHT2-Cleveland: Geisinger’s Shift from an EDW-Dependent Data Strategy to a Big-Data Strategy

April 19, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
John M. Kravitz, CIO of Geisinger Health System, shared with attendees at the Health IT Summit in Cleveland some of the developments taking place at his organization around the leveraging of data for care delivery improvement

During Subcommittee on Health Hearing, M.D. Leaders Show Cautious Optimism for MACRA’s Potential

April 19, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
During a House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing on April 19, various physician leaders gave their thoughts on the key elements needed for a smooth transition into the upcoming Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

Can Medicare’s New Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Model Help PCPs to “Score” in the New Healthcare?

April 19, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
CMS’s announcement last week of the new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus model sends a clear signal about federal healthcare officials’ intentions around physician payment

Drilling Down on Data Analytics for Value-Based Care Delivery

April 11, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
What’s being learned as providers move into the trenches in their ACO and population health work? Industry leaders at the World Health Care Congress noted the gains from early data analytics efforts

Washington Debrief: Senate Committee Moves Ahead with Medical Innovation Legislation, Including Health IT

April 11, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
The Senate HELP Committee wrapped-up committee-level discussions on the Innovation for Healthier Americans initiative, including proposals to advance precision medicine and improve nationwide interoperability, sending the package of bills to the Senate floor...

What Will It Really Take to Shift from Volume to Value? Physician Leaders Ponder Engagement, Data Issues

April 11, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
At the World Health Care Congress, being held in Washington, D.C., physician leaders from across the U.S. healthcare industry reflected on how exactly the transition from a volume-based system to a value-based system will actually unfold

Facing the Coming Diabetes Care Tsunami: Information Technology as a Key Enabler of Change

April 10, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Where can information technology fill major gaps in helping both providers and patients to work to improve health outcomes? Two recent managed care-focused articles point to the gaps

How Are Consumer Perceptions Around Healthcare Cost and Quality Shifting? One Study Probes

April 6, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
A new study finds U.S. healthcare consumers rather confused about the connection between pricing and quality in healthcare services—with broad implications for patient care organization leaders

Getting More Out of Your EHR: What Will it Take?

April 5, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Michael A. Beaty, principal at KPMG Advisory, works with hospitals all over the country that are trying to upgrade their EHR systems and bring them into the more modern era of healthcare. What will it take?

Considering the Confused Healthcare Consumer: Why Less Is More When It Comes to Cost and Quality Data

April 4, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
What effect does the presentation of healthcare cost and quality data have on consumers? Jessica Greene, Ph.D. and her colleagues have found that simplicity of data presentation is key—with major implications for healthcare IT leaders

Our Top Ten Tech Trends: Time to Feel the Realness

March 25, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
With our editorial team’s articulation of our Top Ten Tech Trends this year, we are highlighting landscape-changing trends that are reshaping the playing field for leaders across U.S. healthcare

Top Ten Tech Trends: Risk and Reward?

March 23, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
As providers take on more rigorous risk-based contracting, CIOs are finding that their organizations are inevitably going to continue with “one foot in the boat and one foot on the shore” for some time—and thus, will need information systems that can support...

In St. Paul, Documented Patient Outcomes Improvement in MSSP ACO Development

March 22, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Tim Hernandez, M.D, the medical director of the St. Paul, Minnesota-based Community Health Network, shares encouraging results from IT-facilitated care management in his organization’s MSSP ACO development

Top Ten Tech Trends: The MIPS Waiting Game

March 22, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Nearly a year after MACRA was signed into law, there is still little awareness about the health IT provisions of the bill amongst the provider community. Nonetheless, healthcare leaders cannot afford to wait.

Want to Know What the Future of Care Management Looks Like? Keep an Eye on the FQHCs

March 18, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Rajiv Leventhal’s excellent interview with Beth Wrobel, the CEO of HealthLinc, a federally qualified health center in Indiana, speaks volumes about the potential for rethinking care delivery in the new healthcare

Why Shouldn’t Dr. Halamka Be Optimistic? And Why Shouldn’t We All Be? Further Thoughts on HIMSS16

March 9, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Reflecting on Dr. John Halamka’s commentary summarizing his perspectives around HIMSS16, it’s impossible not to endorse his core, gritty, realistic optimism about the future of healthcare and healthcare IT

Leaving Las Vegas: Pondering Clarity, Convergence, Innovation, Opportunity and Challenge, at HIMSS16

March 4, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
The words that come to mind as HIMSS16 closes in Las Vegas are these: clarity, convergence, innovation, opportunity, and challenge. It was an exciting and bracing time to participate in healthcare IT’s annual industry-dominant conference this year.

LIVE FROM HIMSS16: Time for a "Full Tune-Up" on IT Governance Processes

March 3, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
At HIMSS16, Ernie Hood and Kenneth Kleinberg of The Advisory Board Company share their perspectives on IT governance and management, population health, and other key topics being discussed at the conferernce

LIVE FROM HIMSS16: Are We At an Inflection Point into True Provider-Payer Convergence?

March 1, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Two presentations at the Business of Healthcare Symposium Monday at HIMSS16, as well as HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell’s comments, spoke to a fundamental realignment of interests in U.S. healthcare


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