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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...

Healthcare Industry Leaders React to Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule for 2018

June 21, 2017  |  Mark Hagland and Heather Landi
article
One day after CMS released its proposed rule for 2018 requirements under MACRA’s Quality Payment Program, industry leaders express a spectrum of reactions to its complex skein of details, around data and IT requirements, what’s being measured, and the...

AMGA’s Ambivalent First Reaction to the Quality Payment Program’s Proposed Rule Release

June 20, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
article
Late Thursday afternoon, following the release by CMS of the proposed rule for the 2018 Quality Payment Program under the MACRA law, AMGA’s Chet Speed spoke with Healthcare Informatics regarding what his association sees as the plusses—and minuses—of the...

Does the eClinicalWorks Settlement Shine a Light on Patient Safety, Interoperability Issues?

June 16, 2017  |  Heather Landi
article
Some health IT leaders contend that the False Claims Act lawsuit settlement with eClinicalWorks shines a spotlight on the lack of interoperability and the need for a stronger focus on health IT-related patient safety. What are the potential policy implications?

At the Health IT Summit in Boston, a Mix of Clarity and Obscurity Seen Around Federal Health IT Policy

June 16, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
article
Healthcare IT industry leaders share their perspectives on a range of federal policy issues, at the Health IT Summit in Boston, and speculate on what might happen next around MACRA/MIPS, Stage 3 of meaningful use, and nationwide interoperability

What are the Potential Ripple Effects of the eClinicalWorks Settlement?

June 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
article
In the wake of the settlement of a False Claims Act lawsuit against EHR vendor eClinicalWorks, does the case shed light on deficiencies in the health IT certification program? Is more oversight needed? Health IT industry leaders weigh in on the implications.

CHIME Leaders Ask Members to Let CMS Know of CEHRT Concerns

June 12, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
article
A clash of timelines is emerging, as hospitals risk being penalized for vendors’ lack of timeliness in delivering federally certified EHR technology to the hospitals, prompting an alert to CHIME members from its advocacy directors

Former ONC Coordinator Karen DeSalvo: A New World is Emerging with Consumer-Mediated Data Exchange

May 24, 2017  |  Heather Landi
article
During a Bipartisan Policy Center event Tuesday, several health IT policy experts shared their thoughts on the role of government and the private sector in improving IT’s role in providing safer care as well as industry progress on interoperability.

Ambulatory EHR Market Projected to Reach $5.2 Billion by 2021

May 9, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
The global ambulatory EHR market is projected to reach $5.2 billion by 2021, up from $3.92 billion in 2016, driven by government support for the adoption of healthcare IT, growing usage of EHR solutions and the need to curtail healthcare costs, according to new...

Andy Slavitt Closes World Health Care Congress by Urging New Federal Leaders to Meet the Needs of Americans

May 3, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
In the closing keynote at the World Health Care Congress, Andy Slavitt reflected on the successes and failures of the ACA while keying in on how new healthcare policies could meet the expectations of the American public.

Jonathan Bush, other HIT Leaders Dive into Healthcare’s Interoperability Problem at World Health Care Congress

May 1, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
A panel of three leaders in the health IT space, including outspoken athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush, discussed the current interoperability landscape and what new strategies will help shape the future of healthcare connectivity.

In Georgia, Helping Physicians Move Forward on MACRA/MIPS, EHRs, and APMs

April 25, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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The Georgia Health Information Technology Extension Center (GA-HITEC) is offering a lifeline to practicing physicians in the Peach State, as practicing doctors attempt to ramp up to meet the demands of MACRA/MIPS

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