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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?

Senate Unanimously Passed Legislation Expanding Medicare Telehealth Services

September 28, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The U.S. Senate on Tuesday evening unanimously passed the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation that would expand telehealth services for chronic care patients in Medicare.

Value-Based Healthcare and IT: HIT Leaders Work Out New Strategies

September 27, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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When it comes to the plunge into value-based healthcare of all kinds, the leaders of patient care organizations are only beginning to fully realize how complex the strategic IT challenges involved really are.

“One Foot in the Boat, One Foot on the Dock”: Providers and Payers Forge a New Social Contract into Value-Based Healthcare

September 26, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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The leaders of medical groups, hospitals and health systems are finding willing partners—and tons of practical challenges—as they move forward with the federal government and with private health insurers into the new world of value-based healthcare.

Oregon to Test Statewide ‘Health IT Commons’ Approach

September 24, 2017  |  David Raths
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The Oregon HIT Commons is intended to help connect existing systems, support statewide solutions, and guide future investments that support advancing health IT across the state.

Chronic Care Management: A Strategic Step to Improve Quality of Care in the Value-based Reimbursement Era

September 15, 2017  |  Bill Sillar, National Director of Clinical Call Services, Change Healthcare
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Quality of care through optimized performance is today’s mantra in healthcare. It underpins our industry’s pursuit of the Triple Aim: to improve the experience of care, improve the health of populations and reduce per capita costs of healthcare.1 Achieving...

Medicare Shared Savings ACOs Saved $1 Billion Over Three Years

August 30, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Accountable care organizations (ACOs) participating in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) Medicare Shared Savings Program reduced spending by nearly $1 billion in the first three years of the program, according to a report by the U.S....

Premier Sends Regulatory Relief Recommendations to Congress

August 29, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Charlotte, N.C.-based Premier Inc. has sent a list of recommendations to the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee on how to deliver regulatory relief for healthcare stakeholders.

The Road Ahead: The Future of Value-based Care in Today's Climate

August 29, 2017  |  Norberto Correo, Senior Director of Consulting Services, Change Healthcare
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The U.S. healthcare industry is in a unique situation — organizations are faced with tough decisions as they move forward in today’s turbulent regulatory environment. In fact, many industry experts struggle to provide concrete guidance around value-based care.

SHIEC’s New CEO Discusses Vision and Finding HIEs’ Next Level of Value

August 22, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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New CEO Kelly Hoover Thompson talks about her vision for SHIEC, the role of HIEs in the healthcare industry and the opportunities, and challenges, facing HIE leaders in the evolving national healthcare landscape.

Aledade Announces New Physician-Led ACO in New Jersey

August 16, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Aledade, a Bethesda, Md.-based company started by Farzad Mostashari, M.D., and focused on physician-led accountable care organizations (ACOs), is forming a new ACO in New Jersey under this model.

Health IT Analytics: ‘More Time Spent Shoveling Coal Than Steering the Ship’

August 10, 2017  |  David Raths
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As health systems and ACOs establish the infrastructure to provide actionable data to care managers and front-line clinicians, they continue to struggle with messy data, incompatible systems and a lack of automation.

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