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What Are the Benefits of Accountable Care Organizations?

HealthPayerIntelligence Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are provider and payer arrangements established to improve care coordination between primary care physicians, hospitals, specialists, and public or private health payers. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), for instance, has created the Medicare Shared Savings Program in which accountable care organizations must meet quality performance...


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How Patient Health Data Access Drives Patient Engagement

PatientEngagementHIT As the healthcare industry continues to focus on improving patient engagement, experts regularly discuss the importance of patient health data access, saying that it’s imperative to boosting patient involvement in care. But thinking about...

Breaking Down the Basics of the Patient-Centered Medical Home

HealthITAnalytics As the healthcare industry moves away from traditional fee-for-service reimbursements towards a new era of accountable, cost-conscious, coordinated care, healthcare organizations are actively seeking new patient management strategies to meet...

How Ransomware Affects Hospital Data Security

HealthITSecurity Ransomware is a type of malware that typically prevents organizations from accessing certain parts of its system. For example, an entity and its users could be locked out from critical systems, such as EHRs, and may be unable to get in unless...

Patient Satisfaction and HCAHPS: What It Means for Providers

PatientEngagementHIT What is patient satisfaction? Patient satisfaction is the extent to which patients are happy with their healthcare, both inside and outside of the doctor’s office. A measure of care quality, patient satisfaction gives providers insights...

What Entities Need to Know about Upcoming OCR HIPAA Audits

HealthITSecurity The latest round of OCR HIPAA audits were announced earlier this year, leading many healthcare organizations to review their HIPAA compliance measures and ensure that all necessary policies and procedures have been properly documented. The second...

Explaining the Basics of the Internet of Things for Healthcare

HealthITAnalytics The Internet of Things is one of the newest and most promising trends in the healthcare industry.  This rapidly proliferating collection of Internet-connected devices, including wearables, implants, skin sensors, home monitoring tools, and...

How Patient Portals Improve Patient Engagement

PatientEngagementHIT What are patient portals? Patient portals are an online website that is connected to the EHR, centrally focused on patient access to health data. These tools give patients a look into various data points, including lab results, physician ...

Identifying Care Disparities for Population Health Management

HealthITAnalytics Over the last several years, “population health management” has become a key concept for healthcare providers who are trying to recalibrate their traditional operations to meet the growing challenges of value-based reimbursement and...

Finding a Place for Real Time Location Systems in Healthcare

mHealthIntelligence Roughly ten years ago, PeaceHealth installed a real time location system (RTLS) platform to help track nurses and equipment in the three-state Pacific Northwest health system. Since then, officials say, the health system has cut its “doctor...

Using Revenue Cycle Analytics for Effective Value-Based Care

RevCycleIntelligence The hospital industry has been experiencing a number of challenges in recent years due to the payment reforms coming from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and commercial health payers. There has been a much greater push...

What We Know About Value-Based Care Under MACRA, MIPS, APMs

RevCycleIntelligence The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 has many parts tied to Medicare and other federal health plan beneficiaries, but first and foremost it is a bill that brings an end to the sustainable growth rate and a beginning to new...

Key Ways to Improve Claims Management and Reimbursement in the Healthcare Revenue Cycle

RevCycleIntelligence Reimbursement is changing in healthcare. Even before elements of the Affordable Care Act began to go into effect, a growing focus on value- based care versus volume has led many healthcare organizations and providers to consider accountable...

Increased EHR Adoption Raises Need for Robust EHR Security

HealthITSecurity EHR security is one small piece to the larger data security puzzle that healthcare organizations, especially those of a larger size, are becoming increasingly aware of and looking to address. Under HIPAA, covered entities have the responsibility...

Can Healthcare’s Internet of Things Move from Froth to Function?

HealthITAnalytics For many consumers, there are few things more exciting than purchasing something electronic.  Dismantling the carefully thought-out packaging, peeling the tacky plastic off a screen unblemished by fingerprints, and seeing that well-known...

Why Health Data Interoperability is Setting EHR Vendors on FHIR

HealthITAnalytics Despite the prospect of coming home with an updated gadget or smooth new ride, most consumers get sweaty palms when it’s time to think about making a big purchasing decision like renewing a cell phone contract or buying a car.  Endless...

Time, Commitment Required for ACO, Value-Based Care Success

HealthPayerIntelligence In healthcare, as in so many other areas of life, patience is a virtue. Providers and payers pursuing ACO development will need to have plenty of it before their care transformation efforts pay off with significant cost savings. As providers...

Why Healthcare Needs Value-Based Supply Chain Management

RevCycleIntelligence Healthcare supply chain — the holistic flow of relationships between suppliers and customers — is about efficiently delivering low cost care as goods and supplies, such as a pair of doctor’s gloves, move from point of purchase...

How Healthcare Secure Texting, Messaging Impact the Industry

HealthITSecurity With the continued push for patient-centered care and ever-evolving technological options available to healthcare providers, secure texting and secure messaging have become an increasingly popular path for providers. Not only will secure texting...

Physician Perspectives on Benefits of mHealth Adoption, Use

mHealthIntelligence Whereas the bigger networks and health systems may have the resources for mHealth adoption, those in a much smaller environment have to make do with less — or be more creative. To try to understand how independent and small practice doctors...

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