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The Dawn of Consumerism: Key trends and strategies for healthcare consumerism

October 6, 2017  |  David V. Gallegos, SVP, Consulting Services, Change Healthcare Consulting
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Reducing costs and improving quality are the two prevailing objectives behind most healthcare initiatives. However, one leg of the proverbial stool that doesn’t get much attention are the efforts to improve the patient experience. Healthcare in the United...

Is Our Health System Limping Along or in the ICU?

September 29, 2017  |  David Raths
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Debate premise: Is the U.S. healthcare system like a patient in the intensive care unit battling sepsis? Or is it more like someone in a skilled nursing facility recovering from a stroke?

Health IT Stakeholders Have Different Takes on Changes to EHR Certification Program

September 25, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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While many health IT vendors support the regulatory revisions that ONC announced last week, some health IT associations say a robust oversight process is necessary to hold vendors accountable and are concerned about the potential impact on patient safety.

ONC to Scale Back Oversight of EHRs With Updates to Health IT Certification

September 21, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) on Thursday announced two major changes to the ONC Health IT Certification program that signals it will relax its oversight of how well electronic health records (EHRs) meet government...

Legislative Roundup: Bill to Reduce MU Burdens, Telehealth Legislation Moves Forward

September 15, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Health on Wednesday approved a bill, H.R. 3120, designed to ease meaningful use requirements on physicians and the bill will now move forward to the full Energy and Commerce Committee.

Chronic Care Management: A Strategic Step to Improve Quality of Care in the Value-based Reimbursement Era

September 15, 2017  |  Bill Sillar, National Director of Clinical Call Services, Change Healthcare
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Quality of care through optimized performance is today’s mantra in healthcare. It underpins our industry’s pursuit of the Triple Aim: to improve the experience of care, improve the health of populations and reduce per capita costs of healthcare.1 Achieving...

AHA Urges Congress to Take Steps to Reduce Regulatory Burden on Hospitals

August 31, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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In a letter (PDF) to Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, who serves as chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means’ Subcommittee on Health, the American Hospital Association (AHA) listed numerous areas in which lawmakers could take action to ease legislative and regulatory...

The Road Ahead: The Future of Value-based Care in Today's Climate

August 29, 2017  |  Norberto Correo, Senior Director of Consulting Services, Change Healthcare
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The U.S. healthcare industry is in a unique situation — organizations are faced with tough decisions as they move forward in today’s turbulent regulatory environment. In fact, many industry experts struggle to provide concrete guidance around value-based care.

What New Research Says about Which Federal Financial Incentives Produce Health System Change

August 18, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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A new study in Health Affairs looks at the extent to which meaningful use incentives actually spurred EHR adoption—and what the implications are for federally driven incentives for change going forward

Health Affairs: MU Program Led to Spike in Hospitals’ EHR Adoption Rates

August 9, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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EHR adoption rates in hospitals increased by an average of 3.2 percent annually in the period before implementation of meaningful use incentives. But in the period after MU, the average annual increase was 14.2 percent.

Reinventing Claims Management for the Value-Based Era

August 8, 2017  |  Carmen Deguzman Sessoms, FHFMA, AVP, Product Management, Change Healthcare
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Provider claims management can no longer exist as a silo. With the rapid transformation from fee-for-service to value-based models, denial rates remain high despite advances in technology and automation. For providers to be effective, the revenue cycle...

BREAKING: CMS Finalizes 90-Day MU Reporting Period, Pushes Back Stage 3 Mandate

August 3, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a final rule that affirms a 90-day reporting for hospitals attesting to the meaningful use program in 2018.