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In California, Two University Health Systems Decide to Collaborate on One EHR

November 13, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
Rather than be on yet another separate instance of Epic amongst University of California healthcare organizations, UC Irvine has decided to join UC San Diego’s existing build

MACRA Rule Reaction: CMS Gets Serious in 2018

November 7, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
Despite the fact that many Medicare clinicians will be exempt from MIPS in 2018, for those that are participating, the stakes have been raised

Specialty Societies to MedPAC: MIPS Should Stay Put

October 26, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
The Alliance of Specialty Medicine has said it opposes the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC’s) recent suggestion to repeal MIPS (the Merit-based Incentive Payment System) in its current form.

Black Book: Nearly all Paragon Users Optimistic about Allscripts Deal

October 2, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
Nearly all of McKesson Paragon users (96 percent) in a recent survey reported that they are confidently optimistic that the Allscripts acquisition will improve Paragon client processes and technologies, and benefit their organizations.

In Phoenix, One Radiology Group Surges Ahead in Improving Workflow Efficiency

October 1, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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At Southwest Diagnostic Imaging in Phoenix, leaders are moving forward rapidly to leverage information technology to improve radiologist workflow efficiency and rework important processes

For Documentation Reform, Innovative Processes Breed Better Outcomes

September 28, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
commentary
At some point in their push for better quality, clinical and IT leaders realized that if their old processes around documentation weren’t etched in their workflows for the past several years, they would never have started that way.

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

September 27, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
article
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.

PODCAST: Consultant Says MACRA is Here and it’s Time to Get Familiar

September 18, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
In this 15-minute podcast, consultant Michael Abrams discusses what he’s seeing and hearing as it relates to clinician readiness for MACRA, and what advice he’s offering clients who are still feeling uneasy about the QPP.

Survey: Wait Times Down, Patient Portal Use Up at Medical Practices

September 1, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
U.S. medical practices report that wait times have improved by five minutes from last year, down to an average of 20 minutes total between the waiting area and the exam room. For hospital-owned practices specifically, that number goes down to an average of 17...

Survey Finds Half of Healthcare Professionals “Not At All” Familiar with MACRA

August 28, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
A new survey of healthcare professionals finds a great deal of uncertainty about the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Quality Payment Program, with half of respondents reporting that they are "not at all" familiar with MACRA.

Getting Your "Value-Based Care House” in Order by Embracing Primary Care

August 28, 2017  |  Sylvia Dochterman, consultant, Freed Associates
article
Regardless of what becomes of the Affordable Care Act, industry experts agree that value-based care (VBC) initiatives will likely remain. Here are five key VBC-oriented questions to ask regarding your primary care offerings.

MGMA CEO: Millennials Entering the Workforce will Spur EHRs’ Redesign

August 17, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Halee Fischer-Wright, M.D., president and CEO of MGMA, weighs in on a variety of topics related to healthcare IT and physician burnout.

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