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Healthcare Associations to Congress: Extend MACRA Flexibilities by Three More Years

Several prominent healthcare associations and medical societies have written a letter to leading members of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, proposing to continue current MACRA flexibilities for an additional three years.

HIMSS Issues “Call to Action” on Nationwide Interoperability

The Chicago-based Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has issued a “call to action” for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and others to achieve nationwide interoperability.

Delaware’s Nemours Hospital Receives Stage 7 Designation

Nemours Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children, a pediatric hospital located in Wilmington, Del., has been recognized by HIMSS Analytics as a Stage 7 patient care organization.

Survey: Broad Usage of AI in Healthcare Still Two to Five Years Out

Roughly 48 percent of healthcare organizations currently use clinical intelligence solutions, but most healthcare organizations predict broad usage of artificial intelligence won’t happen for another two to five years, according to a HIMSS Analytics 2017 Essentials Brief.

KLAS: Providers’ Needs for Advanced Pop Health Solutions Ramp Up

Provider organizations’ needs in managing population health are as varied as the capabilities of the IT solutions designed to assist them, according to KLAS researchers following a new report.

Collen Award Goes to NLP Pioneer Carol Friedman

The American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) will present the 2017 Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence to Carol Friedman, Ph.D., during the AMIA Annual Symposium.

New CMS Data on ACOs: Maybe Not a High-Speed Train, But a Train Nonetheless

October 17, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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CMS’s release last week of data from the Pioneer and Next Gen ACO programs revealed genuine progress being made among participating ACOs—with lots of opportunity for ongoing improvements, of course

CMS Releases 2016 Next Generation ACO Data with Positive Financial, Quality Results

October 16, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released results from year one of its Next Generation ACO model, revealing that 61 percent of program participants were able to earn shared savings last year.

One Healthcare RCM Leader Shares his Perspectives on Navigating the Shifting Landscape

October 16, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Brian Sanderson, managing principal of Crowe Horwath LLP healthcare services group, discusses strategies for CFOs to navigate the shifting landscape around revenue cycle management and reimbursement.

Drilling Down into Important Issues Around the Use of Medical Scribes

October 15, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Two recent studies are shedding light on some of the challenges inherent in the growing use of medical scribes by physicians in medical practice—and highlighting the need for better professional preparation and standardization of practice among scribes

As North Carolina Moves Towards Medicaid Managed Care, Its Leaders Approach the Operational Issues

October 11, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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As North Carolina moves to transform its Medicaid program into a managed care one, its operations leaders are tackling the process and IT challenges involved, notes Sam Gibbs, a speaker at the upcoming Health IT Summit in Raleigh

Duke Health Leaders Build the Predictive Analytics Foundations to Improve Patient Care

October 10, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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At Durham, N.C.-based Duke University Health System, health IT leaders are moving forward on many fronts to leverage data analytics to improve patient care, such as early sepsis detection.

SHIN-NY 2020 Roadmap Seeks to Address ‘Perfect Storm of Reduced Support’

October 10, 2017  |  David Raths
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A New York statewide health information exchange roadmap addresses funding challenges, value-based care, and provider interest in the types of data currently not available through the network.

Reports: MACRA 2018 Final Rule Coming as MedPAC Proposes MIPS Repeal

October 10, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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As the industry awaits MACRA’s QPP final rule for 2018, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) said during a meeting last week that MIPS, one of the program’s payment tracks, should be scrapped.

In Record-Breaking Hurricane Season, U.S. HIE Leaders Understand What’s at Stake

October 10, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In the wake of two recent U.S. hurricanes, HIE leaders around the nation, even in those areas that were not affected, watched with eager eyes how their colleagues took a hands-on role during the emergencies.

The CEO of Indiana’s Statewide HIE Sees Complexity in the Push for Interoperability

October 10, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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John Kansky, president and CEO of the Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE), offers his perspectives on the complex challenges ahead in achieving true interoperability in health information exchange