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Reinventing Utilization Management to Bring Value to the Point of Care

February 21, 2018  |  Nilo Mehrabian Vice President, Product Management, Decision Support, Change Healthcare
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How an automated exception-based approach can make UM more efficient and effective.

PODCAST: AHA's Cybersecurity Leader John Riggi on the Evolving Cyber Threats Facing Healthcare

August 17, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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A former FBI Cyber Division leader, John Riggi, now the AHA's senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk, discusses the evolving threats to healthcare, including nation-state actors and cryptocurrency.

BREAKING: CMS Finalizes “Promoting Interoperability” Rule

August 2, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Just three months after issuing a proposal, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized a rule late this afternoon that will overhaul the meaningful use program with a core emphasis on advancing health data exchange among providers.

HHS OIG Fines eClinicalWorks $132,500 For Violating Corporate Integrity Agreement

August 1, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) fined electronic health record vendor eClinicalWorks $132,500 for failing to report patient safety issues to the regulatory body as reportable events in a timely manner.

PODCAST: Policy Experts Dissect CMS’ “Modernizing Medicare” Proposed Rule

July 16, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Jeff Smith, vice president of public policy at AMIA, and Tom Lee, Ph.D., CEO and founder of Chicago based SA Ignite, a company that helps healthcare organizations with value-based reporting, weigh in on the different components of CMS' proposed rule

CMS Approves California’s $40M Health IT Plan for EMS

July 9, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has signed off on California’s Health Information Technology (HIT) for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) proposal for $40 million through September 30, 2021, according to the California Emergency Medical...

Rule Roundup: Health IT Groups Respond to CMS’ Promoting Interoperability Proposal

June 27, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Health IT associations have sent in their public comments on CMS' meaningful use rebranding proposed rule, with a key focus of the remarks centering around the government’s proposal to consider interoperability as a condition of Medicare participation.

A Cloudy HIT Policy Picture is Beginning to Clear Up

May 29, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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At this time last year, healthcare stakeholders were filled with uncertainty, as the future of healthcare policy remained very much in limbo. But in the past several months, an air of stability has presented itself.

At the Philadelphia HIT Summit, One Healthcare Leader Parses the Current State of Payer-Provider Convergence

May 24, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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As the healthcare industry makes steady progress to value-based care models, one healthcare thought leader sees the commercial payer market playing a larger role, going forward, in pushing provider organizations into value-based care arrangements.

Advantage: Interoperability

May 22, 2018  |  Joe Marion
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Recent discussions emphasize the advantages of interoperability within and between healthcare providers.

An HIT Expert Dives into the Details of CMS’ Proposed Hospital Payment Rule

April 30, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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With ongoing discussion about the implications of CMS' proposed hospital payment rule, Jeff Smith, vice president of public policy at AMIA, dives into the details of the rule, including how CMS might be raising the interoperability stakes.

Interoperability Oxymoron

April 27, 2018  |  Joe Marion
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Interoperability is getting more attention, but it all depends on how it is defined

Study: System Functionality, Cost and Reporting Requirements Top Reasons for Switching EHRs

April 27, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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System functionality and cost are the two largest deciding factors in healthcare providers’ decision to switch electronic health record (EHR) vendors, despite the significant cost associated with a new EHR purchase and implementation, according to a study...

Might CMS Move to Implicitly Mandate Health Data Exchange at Discharge, at the Federal Level?

April 26, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Embedded in the release of a new proposed rule around what has been known as the meaningful use program, CMS officials have indicated the possibility that they might mandate electronic sharing of discharge data at the point of discharge

In Proposed MU Rebranding Rule, CMS Raises the Interoperability Stakes

April 26, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal and Heather Landi
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As health IT observers and stakeholders have begun to unpack the 1,883-page CMS proposed rule on meaningful use rebranding, discussion has emerged on if the government will be forcing providers to participate in health information exchange activities.

BREAKING: CMS to Rebrand Meaningful Use Program with New Emphasis on Interoperability, Burden Reduction

April 24, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In a rule released late in the afternoon on April 24, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has made clear its intention to overhaul the meaningful use program.

PODCAST: AMIA’s Jeff Smith on MACRA/MIPS in this Current Moment and What’s Next in HIT Policy

April 19, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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On the latest Healthcare Informatics podcast, AMIA’s Jeff Smith gives his thoughts on where things stand with MACRA/MIPS right now, the future of MU, 21st Century Cures tidbits and more.

Community Health Leaders Share Their Progress on Integrating SDoH Data into Healthcare

April 10, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Many community-based organizations are advancing forward in their efforts to use health IT to collect, standardize and integrate social and behavioral health data, as detailed during a panel discussion at the 2018 State Healthcare IT Connect Summit last week.

Be Careful How you Fan the FHIR’s of Interoperability!

April 4, 2018  |  Joe Marion
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Interoperability is a hot topic, but its success can learn from prior interoperability experiences

Health Affairs: PCPs’ EHRs Struggle with Quality Improvement Reporting

April 3, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Although federal value-based payment programs require providers to conduct quality improvement activities, many EHRs are not up to the task, according to new research in the April issue of Health Affairs.

AAFP Calling on CMS to Make Improvements to MyHealthEData Initiative

March 27, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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In a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) voiced it support of the MyHealthEData initiative, but also called for some improvements to certain aspects of the fledgling patient data initiative.

Azar Emphasizes Administration’s Plan around Value-Based Care, Creation of “True Healthcare Market”

March 8, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Speaking at the AHIP National Health Policy Conference, Alex Azar gave a keynote in which he spoke about the administration’s desire to accelerate value-based transformation, and create a true market for healthcare.

HIMSS18 Day 2 Roundup: CMS Makes a Splash

March 6, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Healthcare Informatics’ editorial team breaks down what you need to know from day two of HIMSS18.

Clinicians to CMS, ONC: “Right the Ship” to Simplify Reporting, Ease Regulatory Burdens

February 23, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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During a daylong listening session sponsored by ONC and CMS on the issue of reducing clinician burden, healthcare industry stakeholders shared a litany of frustrations and complaints about EHRs contributing to administrative burden and physician burnout.

Overnight Congressional Bill Proposes Slowing Down MIPS

February 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A Congressional bill passed in the early morning hours on Feb. 9 brought an end to an overnight government shutdown, while also including provisions that give CMS the option to slow down certain aspects of MIPS.

Randy McCleese on What it Means to Be CIO of the Year

February 8, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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McCleese recently spoke with Healthcare Informatics about rural healthcare obstacles, what winning this award means to him, how he’s been able to have success in this role, and how he sees the policy landscape shaking out.

Patient Access and Analytics: Perfect Together

February 7, 2018  |  Jason Williams, Vice President, Business Strategy & Analytics, Change Healthcare
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Applying analytics to patient access can radically improve a health system’s ability to understand what’s influencing financial performance, and improve the metrics that matter.

House Funding Bill Includes Telehealth, MU Provisions

February 7, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The House of Representative has passed a short-term bill that will fund the government through March 23 while also including various provisions that promote aspects of health IT.

Study: Payers, Providers, Patients Differ on Consumer Engagement Investments, Effectiveness

January 29, 2018  |  Change Healthcare
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Value-based care is driving investments in consumer engagement strategies and technologies, but consumers are not seeing the difference.

Healthcare Informatics Podcast: John Halamka on Precision Medicine and the Wide-Ranging Future of Health IT

January 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In the most recent Healthcare Informatics podcast, Managing Editor Rajiv Leventhal and Dr. John Halamka discuss the CIO’s latest takeaways on MACRA, and also touch on other key health IT topics such as the next frontier in innovation and precision medicine.

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