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New Approaches to Healthcare Consumerism Examined at ATLAS Conference

September 20, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Although marketing healthcare services to consumers was once considered taboo and unethical, some leading health systems are now realizing the importance in doing so.

Paragon EHR Users Divided on Impact of Allscripts-McKesson Deal

September 20, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Among current users of McKesson’s Paragon electronic medical record (EMR) system, confidence about Allscripts’ future development of Paragon varies, with current Paragon users equally split on Allscripts ability to improve the technology, according to a new Flash...

RCM Technology Companies Navicure, ZirMed Announce Merger

September 19, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Healthcare revenue cycle management technology companies Navicure, based in Duluth, Georgia, and Louisville, Kentucky-based ZirMed announced last week that they have signed a definitive agreement to combine companies.

Lack of Good Data an Obstacle to Healthcare Cost Transformation Efforts

September 18, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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More than 50 percent of hospitals and health systems do not have an adequate cost reduction goal in place, and a lack of good data and insight into costs may be the primary reason for the low-cost reduction goals and limited progress at organizations, according...

HIEs Could Help Cut Billions in Medicare Spending, New Research Finds

September 18, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Health information exchanges (HIEs) have the potential to cut billions in Medicare spending, particularly in those healthcare markets that have established HIE infrastructures, according to new research.

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

September 18, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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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.

Health IT Expert Tripathi Digs Deep on Impact of Epic’s Share Everywhere Release

September 15, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Micky Tripathi, Ph.D., discussed the impact of the Epic interoperability news, what’s specifically unique about it, and more wide-ranging interoperability issues at hand.

Use of Medical Scribes Improved Physician Satisfaction, Charting, Study Finds

September 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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A randomized controlled trial of medical scribes found that scribes product significant improvements in overall physician satisfaction and charting efficiency, without detracting from patient satisfaction, according to the study published in the Annals of Family...

Top Hospitals Leverage Data Analytics to Reduce Supply Expenses, Study Finds

September 14, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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U.S. hospitals could reduce annual supply expenses by approximately $23 billion in aggregate through improvements in supply chain operations, processes, and product use, according to new research from Chicago-based Navigant Consulting.

Epic’s Faulkner on New Share Everywhere Solution: “Putting Interoperability Control in Hands of Patients”

September 14, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal and Mark Hagland
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Epic Systems has announced a new solution that aims to allow patients to grant access to their data to any providers who have internet access—even if they don’t have EHRs.

Summit Health: A Pioneering New Jersey Medical Group Expands its Reach Out West

September 14, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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A pioneering multispecialty medical group based in New Jersey is expanding its reach across the country, through its management company, bringing its innovations to healthcare markets in Arizona and Oregon

Senate Appropriations Bill Calls for Boost in NIH Funding

September 8, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Senate Committee on Appropriations has approved a 2018 budget bill that aims to push forward investments in the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—an agency which President Trump previously hoped to cut funding from.
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