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Unlocking the Key to Readmissions Reduction Success—Looking at Clinical Transformation, and the “ACO Effect”

April 24, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
A recent study lends further credence to already-accumulating anecdotal evidence regarding the value of ACO, bundled-payment, and even MU-driven, work, to support the processes that can unlock success in reducing readmissions

Have You Written Your Health System’s Constitution?

April 13, 2017  |  David Raths
commentary
Are there parallels between the development of your health system’s IT governance structure and how the Founding Fathers compromised to create the U.S. Constitution?

Trump Administration’s Impact on Health IT Analyzed in New Report

April 12, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
Most healthcare professionals do not believe that the ACA will be repealed anymore, but plenty of policy and health IT-related challenges exist in healthcare sub-sectors as industry leaders wait for more direction from the Trump administration.

Study: Voluntary Value-Based Care Programs Help Reduce Readmissions

April 11, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
A recently published study found that hospital participation in voluntary, value-based reforms, such as Meaningful Use and Medicare’s Pioneer and Shared Savings ACO program, is associated with greater reductions in 30-day readmissions for patients with three...

Banner Health’s Breakthrough in Redesigning Care Delivery for Complex Chronic Populations

April 11, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Deborah Dahl, vice president, patient care innovation at Phoenix-based Banner Health, outlines the steps that health system took to build a successful telehealth and remote patient monitoring program to improve health outcomes for complex chronic patients.

What Can We Learn From Oregon’s Innovative Medicaid Experiment?

April 11, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
The March issue of Health Affairs includes an article based on a study of Oregon’s exceptionally innovative Medicaid managed care program—with major implications for the future of population health initiatives nationwide

Population Health in Maryland: ‘The Stars Are in Alignment’

April 10, 2017  |  David Raths
commentary
Maryland’s experiment in changing how provider organizations are paid opens the door to population health experimentation.

Might Food Be the Next Frontier on the Population Health Horizon?

April 5, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
Connecting patients’ nutrition, exercise, and other “lifestyle”-related characteristics to health risk assessment and then to care management, could be next in efforts among population health pioneers, as they seek to improve both clinical and financial outcomes

Issue Brief: ACO Participation Can Increase MACRA Performance Scores

March 30, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
According to a new issue brief from Caravan Health, participating in a Medicare Shared Savings Program accountable care organization (ACO) could potentially help physicians earn up to a 25 percent positive Medicare payment adjustment in 2018 under the Medicare...

In the Wake of the ACA Repeal Failure, What’s Next for Federal Healthcare Policy?

March 27, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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In the wake of the collapse of the House Republicans’ effort to replace the ACA last week, CHIME’s Leslie Krigstein spoke with Healthcare Informatics about what might be next for federal healthcare policy

Could Public-Private Collaboration Around Hospital Data Move Into a New Phase?

March 20, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
A “Perspective” column published in The New England Journal of Medicine that points to potential areas of collaboration around the data inputs to the Prospective Payment System—with some interesting implications

Top Ten Tech Trends 2017: In the Current Policy Moment, Healthcare Leaders Search for Answers

March 20, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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For our editorial team, the value-based healthcare landscape, within the current policy moment in the U.S., was well worthy of being one of Healthcare Informatics’ Top Tech Trends this year.

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