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PODCAST: Consultant Rita Numerof Affirms Position that “MIPS Isn’t the Solution”

February 21, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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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.”

Blockchain Company Hashed Health Gets New Partner

February 20, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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ODH, Inc., a New Jersey-based health technology company, has joined with blockchain innovation consortium Hashed Health.

NCQA Approved by Government as ONC-Authorized Testing Lab

February 20, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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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).

Financial Exec Survey: Interoperability Key Obstacle to Value-Based Payment Models

February 15, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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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...

Trump’s Proposed 2019 Budget Again Slashes ONC Funding by $22M

February 13, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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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).

Survey: 8 in 10 Payers Now Putting Social Determinants of Health into Programs

February 12, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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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).

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.

Survey: Value-Based Care a Top Driver for Health Tech Spending in 2018

February 8, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Value-based care initiatives ranked as the top driver for healthcare technology spending in 2018, according to a recent survey from Illinois-based Damo Consulting.

Andy Slavitt, Others Create “United States of Care” Health Reform Group

February 7, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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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.”

Podcast: A West Coast Healthcare Pioneer Speaks Out on the Power of Coordinated Care

February 6, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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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.

Good News/Bad News: Which Side of the ACO Story Are You On?

February 1, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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CMS’ 2016 ACO data can tell different stories depending on how one looks at the numbers.

AMIA Names 2018-2019 Public Policy Committee

January 30, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
The Bethesda, Md.-based American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has announced the appointment of Joseph Kannry, M.D., as chair of the 2018-2019 AMIA Public Policy Committee (PPC).

Accenture, Loopback Analytics Collaboration Aims to Assess Value-Based Care Models

January 26, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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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.

Associations Express Concerns to CMS over BPCI Advanced Model

January 26, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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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.

Next Generation ACO Program Gets 17 New Participants

January 25, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has added 17 new participants to its Next Generation ACO (accountable care organization) program.

BREAKING: Alex Azar Confirmed by Senate as HHS Secretary

January 24, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical industry executive, was confirmed by the Senate today by a roll call vote of 55-43 to become the next secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

An Industry Expert Shares Insights on the Challenges and Opportunities around Bundled Payments

January 24, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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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

For North Carolina ACO, Tech-Enabled Patient Outreach Drives Continued Success

January 19, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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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.

Don't Tell This ACO MSSP Expectations Can’t Be Met

January 19, 2018  |  Faron Thompson, Chief Operating Officer, Innovation Care Partners
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Innovation Care Partners (ICP), an affiliate of HonorHealth, is among the small number of MSSP ACOs that have achieved outstanding cost savings and clinical outcomes.

In Illinois, an MSSP ACO Proves its Worth Once Again

January 16, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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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.

MedPAC Votes 14-2 to Scrap MIPS, Recommends Alternative Program

January 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
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...

ACO Company Caravan Health Touts Continued Growth

January 11, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Kansas City-based Caravan Health, a builder of accountable care organizations (ACOs), today announced the addition of 103 new health systems and 15 ACOs to its group of partners.

MGMA Calls for CMS to Release 2018 MIPS Eligibility Notices

January 11, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
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...

CMS Announces New Voluntary Bundled Payment Model that Qualifies as Advanced APM

January 10, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday announced the launch of a new voluntary bundled payment model called Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced).

HHS Nominee Alex Azar Signals Openness to Mandatory Payment Models

January 9, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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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.

Medicare Shared Savings Program Gets 124 New ACOs for 2018

January 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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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.

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.

One Expert Looks at the CVS/Aetna Combination through the Broader Lens of Health Industry Change

January 6, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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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

Massachusetts ACO Certification Program Now Includes 17 Members

January 5, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
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.

Seven Healthcare Predictions for 2018

January 4, 2018  |  Dave Levin, M.D.
commentary
As we start off 2018, let’s dust off the crystal ball and make some healthcare predictions. What can you expect for healthcare this year? Here are my seven predictions for the coming year.

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