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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.

AMA-Led Alternative Payment Model Aims to Improve Opioid Use Disorder

April 17, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and the American Medical Association (AMA) have jointly announced the release of a concept paper detailing an alternative payment model (APM) that will aim to improve how patients with opioid use disorder are...

Analysis: MSSP ACOs Have Performed Below CBO Estimates

April 3, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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According to a new analysis from Avalere, MSSP ACOs have performed considerably below the financial estimates from the Congressional Budget Office made in 2010 when the MSSP was enacted as part of the ACA.

A Final Rule Around Medicare Advantage Plans Hints at Potential Future Changes to MIPS Data Reporting

April 2, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Amid the announcement of a final rule around changes to the Medicare Advantage program, CMS Administrator Seema Verma hinted at data measurement changes that could touch on provider measures as well

Could the MedPAC Proposal Around MIPS End Up Being the Wrong Answer to the Right Question?

March 20, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, or MedPAC, has proposed that Congress eliminate the MIPS program and replace it with a new value-based purchasing program—but does that proposal make sense in the current policy and payment moment?

CMS’ Goodrich: More MACRA Relief On the Way

March 19, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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CMS said last week that more changes will be coming this year to MACRA—including the alignment of quality measures between hospitals and hospital-employed physicians

How the HIT Industry’s Dominant Annual Conference Became (At Least Partly) a Policy Conference

March 14, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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If there was a single unifying factor at HIMSS18 in Las Vegas, it was this one: as the U.S. healthcare IT landscape becomes more and more strongly policy- and payment-driven, so, too will the conversations and vendor pitches at the HIMSS Conference

Michael McCoy, M.D. Shares His Perspectives on the Current Moment in Healthcare IT

March 13, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Following the conclusion of the annual HIMSS Conference, Michael McCoy, M.D. shared with Healthcare Informatics his perspectives on the policy, industry, and technological cross-currents influencing the shift from volume to value in healthcare right now

HIMSS18 Day 4 Roundup: The Impact of What We’ve Learned at HIMSS

March 8, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Healthcare Informatics’ editorial team breaks down what you need to know from day four of HIMSS18.

CMS Makes a Big Splash with Verma’s Speech, But What Does It Really Mean?

March 8, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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CMS Administrator Seema Verma made a huge splash with her speech Tuesday at HIMSS18, and that speech was followed by another significant one that HHS Secretary Alex Azar made at AHIP today; but what will the concrete fruits of those speeches be?

International HIT Perspectives: In Spain, Healthcare IT Leaders Nurture Creativity—Out of Necessity

March 3, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Healthcare IT leaders in Spain continue to move forward along a number of dimensions, in a healthcare system that remains short on cash, but which facilitates advanced interoperability--and decades-long experience with population health

One Industry Expert’s View of How State Efforts to Manage the Opioid Crisis Will Affect HIT Leaders

February 23, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Connie Sinclair, R.Ph., has been leading a team of researchers and analysts at the Point-of-Care Partners consulting firm in tracking the exploding state-level requirements around the prescribing of opioids—with a new summary report on the phenomenon

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