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How will HIT in 2014 impact the work of a healthcare CIO?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

ICD-10 and Stage 2 Meaningful Use are two major forces driving the perfect storm in health IT in 2014, but they aren’t the only initiatives healthcare CIOs are tasked with accomplishing this year. That’s not to say there...

Do PCMHs really reduce emergency room use and save money?

by Jennifer Bresnick

As one of the most heavily promoted initiatives to increase care coordination and reduce healthcare costs, the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is supposed to be a slam-dunk.  Preventative care coupled with a close eye on follow-up...

Sansum Clinic joins Anthem California ACO

by Nicole Freeman

Sansum Clinic has joined Anthem Blue Cross’s (Anthem) Enhanced Personal Health Care Program, Anthem’s accountable care organization (ACO) focusing on providing better care and improving the health of members with two or more chronic...

Virginia hospitals adopt new mental health discharge policies

by Jennifer Bresnick

Hospitals in Virginia are taking extra care to prepare mental health patients for discharge after a new model at Western State Hospital showed significant success.  A report from the State Office of the Inspector General details how a...

Is current EHR technology ready for accountable care?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Health systems, hospitals, and physician practices continue to implement models of accountable care, but do they have the EHR and health IT systems and services on hand to manage a patient population and the risk they have assumed? A new...

AAFP: SGR Changes to Meaningful Use May Be an “Improvement”

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Academy of Family Physicians is joining the growing number of organizations heartily approving Congressional action to restructure the way Medicare reimburses physicians and rewards them for high quality outcomes.  After...

What ramifications will HIMSS14 have for health IT?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The biggest show in health information technology is less than a week away. This year the annual HIMSS conference moves to Orlando, which is a plus to anyone living in the Northeast and contending with this snowy winter. The HIMSS...

AHA seeks alignment of quality programs, measures

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In response to a request for comment issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on its proposed Quality Strategy, the American Hospital Association is calling for more significant alignment of its care quality measurement...

Support for SGR repeal bill builds among physician societies

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) and American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) have joined the American Medical Association (AMA) in adding their support for the SGR Repeal and Medicare Modernization Act of 2014, the...

Optum Labs adds 7 partners to research collaborative

by Nicole Freeman

Optum Labs, an innovation and research center created by Mayo Clinic and Optum, has added seven charter partners to its research collaborative. The center is dedicated to improving patient care value and quality. The new partners...

Beacon Health, Cigna form Maine ACO

by Nicole Freeman

Beacon Health, part of Eastern Maine Healthcare System (EMHS), and Cigna have joined to form an accountable care organization (ACO) in Maine. The ACO launched on January 1, and seeks to improve affordability and patient access to quality...

Horizon BCBS of New Jersey, LHS Health Network create ACO

by Nicole Freeman

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) and LHS Health Network have joined to create a patient-centered accountable care organization (ACO) to provider more than 17,000 Horizon members with improved care quality. The...

Why is interoperability so essential to patient outcomes?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The likelihood of a positive outcome for a patient across the continuum of care is closely tied to the ability of the patient’s health information to follow suit. As healthcare organizations and providers increase their work to...

AMA supports SGR repeal, merit-based incentive system

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Medical Association (AMA) is throwing its support behind a bill recently introduced into Congress that would repeal the sustainable growth rate and support the creation of a single system to manage the disbursement of...

Oregon CCOs cut ED visits by 13%, double EHR adoption rates

by Jennifer Bresnick

Medicaid Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) in Oregon have seen dramatic results over the past nine months, achieving significant gains on quality measures like emergency department visits and hospitalizations for chronic...

BCBS Michigan offer healthcare improvement grants

by Nicole Freeman

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the BCBSM Foundation are providing $250,000 to safety net clinics who want to improve healthcare and care delivery in Michigan. The grants will be provided for up to two years, and will help providers...

Are hospitals ready for the demands of value-based care?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

What is the key for healthcare organizations to ready themselves for wave of healthcare reform — that is, value-based business models? According to the American Hospital Association, the answer to that question is an assessment of...

Cigna launches fifth accountable care organization in Texas

by Nicole Freeman

Texas Health Physicians Group (THPG), Texas Health Resources, and Cigna have joined to create an accountable care organization (ACO) to improve access to care and lower healthcare costs in Northern Texas. The ACO launched on January 1, and...

Congress tackles Medicare spending with accountable care bill

by Jennifer Bresnick

Both houses of Congress are teaming up to take charge of healthcare spending by introducing the Better Care, Lower Cost Act of 2014.  The bill seeks to help coordinate care and reduce unnecessary spending by focusing on the most frequent...

Medicare ACOs see shared savings top $380 million

by Jennifer Bresnick

Medicare’s accountable care organizations are off to the races with more than $380 million in shared savings over the past year.  In their first twelve months of operation, nearly half of the ACOs that started up in 2012 have...



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