Rita Numerof, Ph.D., recently was a guest on the Healthcare Informatics podcast, where she reiterated her concerns with MACRA/MIPS, noting that there are “fundamental issues in the design and the philosophy behind the program.”
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has announced that its eMeasure testing laboratory is now approved by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
Momentum continues to grow for value-based care as nearly three-quarters of healthcare executives report their organizations have achieved positive financial results from value-based payment programs, to date, according to a new study from the Healthcare...
President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2019 budget proposal calls for a $22 million reduction in funding for the government’s health IT branch, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).
More than 80 percent of payers are integrating social determinants of health into their member programs, according to new national research survey released by Change Healthcare and the HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG).
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.
Former CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) Administrator Andy Slavitt has announced that that he will be part of a new healthcare coalition that carries the goal of “putting healthcare over politics.”
On the podcast, Dr. Jim Rickards discusses the formation of Yamhill Community Care, lessons learned to date, how health IT has been leveraged, and why these types of care models are so important in their efforts to improve the health of its members.
Accenture has teamed up with health data analytics company Loopback Analytics in an initiative to support health systems aiming to participate in new value-based care models, such as the new Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Advanced program.
Leading healthcare associations are asking CMS to provide more information around the recently-announced voluntary Bundled Payment for Care Improvement-Advanced (BPCIA) model while also outlining concerns they have with its implementation.
Charlene Frizzera, a former senior CMS official, has been on the front lines in helping providers succeed in bundled-payment models—and she has insights to share around what the leaders in the industry have been learning
At Triad Healthcare Network, technology has been a critical factor in the ACO’s success, specifically technology tools that help to identify gaps in care and scale patient engagement efforts, ultimately driving significant improvements in clinical outcomes.
Healthcare Informatics recently caught up with Lee B. Sacks, M.D., chief medical officer of Advocate Health Care, to talk about the ACO’s impressive 2016 results, reasons for its successful performance, challenges faced, and next steps.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), a nonpartisan legislative branch agency that provides the U.S. Congress with analysis and policy advice on the Medicare program, voted 14-2 on Thursday in favor of scrapping the Merit-based Incentive Payment...
In a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, the Medical Group Management Association is calling for the agency to immediately release 2018 MIPS eligibility information, including exemptions under the low-volume threshold and special status as non-patient-facing...
During a Senate Finance Committee hearing, HHS nominee Alex Azar made comments indicating his openness to mandatory bundled payment models, which would represent, if Azar is confirmed, a potential shift in the Trump Administration’s policy.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has said that there will be 124 new accountable care organizations (ACOs) that will participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) in 2018.
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.
David Friend, M.D., the chief transformation officer in the BDO Center for Healthcare Excellence and Innovation, shares his perspectives on some of the new business combinations that are disrupting all healthcare sectors
Netwon, Mass.-based Atrius Health has been certified as an accountable care organization (ACO) by the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) in what officials call is a first-in-the-nation certification program.