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Veritas Capital, Elliott Management Acquire athenahealth in $5.7B Deal

November 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Private equity firm Veritas Capital and hedge fund Elliott Management are acquiring athenahealth, the Watertown, Mass.-based EHR and practice management vendor, for $5.7 billion, according to a Monday announcement.

New Blockchain Project Sets to Tackle Provider Credentialing

November 12, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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A group of five healthcare enterprises are linking up to participate in a distributed ledger program aimed at resolving administrative inefficiencies related to professional credentialing.

Google Taps Geisinger CEO David Feinberg to Assume Healthcare Leadership Role

November 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Geisinger Health System CEO David Feinberg has been tapped by Google to assume a leadership role over its healthcare initiatives.

CMS: 93% of Clinicians Get Positive Payment Adjustments for MIPS Year 1

November 8, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Ninety-three percent of MIPS-eligible clinicians received a positive payment adjustment for their performance in 2017, and 95 percent overall avoided a negative payment adjustment.

The Key to Clinical and Financial Success? Atrius Health President Gives Out His Recipe

November 8, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Atrius Health’s president and CEO, Steven Strongwater, M.D., discusses the organization’s population health initiatives that have led to strong clinical and financial performances.

Seven Best Practices for Optimizing EHRs Clinically and Financially

November 7, 2018  |  Dan O’Connor and Joncé Smith, Industry Voices, Stoltenberg Consulting, Inc.
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Healthcare facilities struggle with knowing if they are using their EHRs to the full potential. There are ways to alleviate the confusion and optimize your EHR for combined clinical decision making and operational effectiveness.

CHIME’s Russ Branzell: A Tech Revolution is Coming to Healthcare

November 2, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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At the CHIME 2018 Fall CIO Forum in San Diego this week, Branzell sat down with Healthcare Informatics Managing Editor Rajiv Leventhal to discuss the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for CIOs

HIT Policy Winds Get Stronger as CMS, ONC Regulations Set to Drop Any Day

November 1, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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The calendar has now turned to November as health IT stakeholders continue to anxiously await regulations from federal health agencies, some of which are sure to come in the next 60 days.

Mac McMillan Speaks to the Troubling Trend that Hospitals Still Aren’t Prioritizing Security

October 31, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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A survey released this morning from CHIME revealed that about 70 percent of responding patient care organizations do not have a comprehensive security program in place.

Study Shows Rise in Physician Burnout, Female Doctors Report Higher Levels of Dissatisfaction

October 31, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Two-thirds of physicians say the challenges of practicing medicine in today’s environment have caused them to consider career options outside of clinical practice, an 11 percent increase compared to a similar survey three years ago.

Cerner Exec on DoD Implementations: “We’re Seeing Measurable Progress”

October 30, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Providing an update on Cerner’s progress with the DoD's EHR implementations, a company executive noted that he is seeing “measurable progress” at the agency's initial operational capability (IOC) sites.

Using Blockchain for a Nationwide Patient Index

October 30, 2018  |  Michael L. Gagnon, Industry Voice, Executive Director of HealtHIE Nevada
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It is apparent that there is now a compelling and relatively straightforward technical solution for the issue of locating patients’ health records across their various number of providers.

HIMSS Analytics Introduces Infrastructure Adoption Model for Health Systems

October 25, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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HIMSS Analytics has announced the introduction of the Infrastructure Adoption Model, or INFRAM, which is designed to measure the technical infrastructure used within a health system.

Still Bullish on Blockchain: Experts Give a Lay of the Land

October 25, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Although there are still more questions than answers regarding the impact that blockchain technology will have on healthcare, many health IT experts remain convinced of its promise.

Industry Leader Drex DeFord on Leadership for Innovation: “Time to Embrace Your Inner Weirdo”

October 22, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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What does it take to help transform healthcare? At the Health IT Summit in Seattle, industry leader Drex DeFord told his audience that embracing “uncomfortableness” is absolutely key to leading change

Head of IBM Watson Health Steps Down, STAT Reports

October 22, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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The head of IBM Watson Health, Deborah DiSanzo, is leaving her role, STAT News reported late last week.

Industry Groups Urge ONC to Reorient Goals of EHR Reporting Program, Focus on Health IT Safety, Security

October 18, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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AMIA questioned the "constrained scope" of the EHR Reporting Program, noting the program should be closer to a post-implementation surveillance ecosystem, not a government-sponsored "consumer reports."

MUSC Telehealth Leaders Share Their Roadmap to Success

October 17, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Three key telehealth leaders at the Medical University of South Carolina share lessons learned in building a robust program of telehealth services to serve patients across the state.

Healthcare Groups to CMS: ACOs Need More Time in One-Sided Risk Models

October 17, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Healthcare associations have written to CMS, urging the agency to reconsider its proposed regulation that would push ACOs more quickly into two-sided risk models.

Are Disruptive Forces in U.S. Healthcare Accelerating Now? Notes on the Now-Approved CVS-Aetna Deal

October 10, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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The Department of Justice’s approval Wednesday of the CVS-Aetna merger signals a new phase in the healthcare business world—and it’s time for patient care executives to rethink the meaning of competition—and of market disruption

Survey: Half of Providers Use Multiple CDS Solutions, Use Varies by Provider

October 9, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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While three-fourths of providers currently use some sort of clinical decision support (CDS) solution, more than half are using multiple solutions, which indicates there is still not one solution that is meeting all of providers’ needs, according to a Reaction...

DoD-Cerner MHS Genesis Project Moves onto New Site Locations

October 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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The Department of Defense (DoD) is moving onto a second set of site locations for its Cerner electronic health record (EHR) rollouts.

New Report Examines Healthcare in the “Amazon Era”

October 5, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Hospital business leaders are open, and even optimistic, about the benefits of innovation from non-traditional healthcare players, such as Amazon and Apple, according to a new report from Captains of Industry, a marketing consultancy.

MGMA Survey: Medical Group Practices Cite Increased Burden from Regulatory Demands, EHRs

October 4, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Nearly nine in 10 medical group practice leaders have said that the overall regulatory burden on their organization has increased over the past year, according to a new survey from the MGMA.

On the Road to Risk, Summit Medical Group is Driving in the Fast Lane

October 2, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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In a recent interview with Healthcare Informatics, Jeffrey Le Benger, M.D., outlined the progress and evolution of his organization and how it’s continuing to plunge ahead into the world of risk and value-based care.

Survey: EHRs, Value-Based Care Causing Docs to Sour on Profession

October 1, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Seven out of 10 physicians are unwilling to recommend their chosen profession to their children or other family members, with frustrations over EHRs and value-based care ranking as key reasons why.

What to Expect Next from CMS Regarding the Proposed ACO Rule

October 1, 2018  |  Lynn Barr, Industry Voice, CEO and Founder, Caravan Health
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In the accountable care community, we’re all anticipating the potential impacts of the recently proposed Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACO (accountable care organization) rule.

Climbing Up the Risk Ladder: How National ACO Has Built a Winning Value-Based Care Infrastructure

September 27, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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National ACO—headquartered in Beverly Hills, Calif., but with providers in multiple states—has progressed through the federal ACO ranks in a way that could set the path for others

How Blockchain Technology Can Revolutionize Healthcare

September 26, 2018  |  David Hanekom, M.D., and Pradeep Goel, Industry Voices
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How do providers get better access to patients, deliver the best possible care, and get paid for their services in an accurate and timely fashion? The answer could be found in blockchain.

Making Precision Medicine a Reality at Cleveland’s University Hospitals

September 25, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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University Hospitals is no stranger to precision medicine initiatives and a recent partnership is moving the needle even further

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