Electronic Health Records

Accountable Care

Are public health information exchanges on the way out?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

If a recent Black Book survey of payers, hospitals, and physicians turns out to be true, then the number of public health information exchanges (HIEs) is likely to dwindle in the years ahead. The annual satisfaction survey of stakeholders...

Commonwealth Primary Care ACO, Cigna form Phoenix ACO

by Nicole Freeman

Commonwealth Primary Care ACO and Cigna have joined to create an accountable care organization (ACO) in Phoenix to lower healthcare costs, improve patient health, and enhance care coordination. The ACO launched on January 1, 2014, and will...

New SGR repeal estimates place costs at $121 billion

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Pathway for SGR Reform is a very costly one, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), and may take $121 billion to travel.  The repeal bill, passed in late December, would put an end to the yearly wrassle over huge cuts to...

New payment contract for Mayo Clinic, BCBS Minnesota

by Nicole Freeman

Mayo Clinic Health System and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota have signed a three-year agreement that will lower healthcare costs and improve care quality. The plan is part of Mayo Clinic Health System’s efforts to bring new care...

Cumberland Center for Healthcare Innovation, Cigna form ACO

by Nicole Freeman

Cumberland Center for Healthcare Innovation (CCHI) and Cigna have joined to form an accountable care organization (ACO) to improve patient access to health care, enhance care coordination and achieve improved health, affordability and...

How much does launching accountable care organizations cost?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

When a healthcare organization decides to adopt an accountable care model, what costs are associated with getting an accountable care organization (ACO) off the ground? That is the subject of a recent survey conducted by the National...

National Rural ACO formed across three states

by Nicole Freeman

Nine rural communities in Michigan, Indiana, and California have formed the Nation Rural Accountable Care Organization (NRACO). This collaboration brings together rural health clinics, federal qualified health centers, critical access...

Adventist Health Network and Cigna create ACO in Illinois

by Nicole Freeman

Adventist Health Network and Cigna have joined to form an accountable care organization (ACO) to lower healthcare costs and improve access to care in Illinois. The ACO launched on January 1, and is Cigna’s first in the state. The ACO...

Extending follow-up visits saves money, increases care access

by Nicole Freeman

A study published in this month’s issue of The American Journal of Managed Care suggests that using evidence-based guidelines for scheduling follow-up physicians visits could save billions of dollars in healthcare costs. The study...

Wisc. hospital quality improvements generate major savings

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Recent findings published by Wisconsin Hospital Association show how quality improvements can lead to tens of millions of dollars in savings. The WHA’s 2013 Quality Report estimates that the state’s hospitals were able to...

What do ACOs reveal about the importance of integration?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

While some health systems, hospitals, and physician practices will choose to avoid forming an accountable care organization or adopting any other ACO-like model, they are still likely to face challenges around care coordination and...

Physician Health Partners, Cigna form Denver ACO

by Nicole Freeman

Physicians Health Partners and Cigna have joined to form an accountable care organization (ACO) to improve health and access to care in the Denver area. The ACO launched on January 1, and also includes doctors affiliated with South Metro...

Aetna, Valley Preferred sign accountable care agreement

by Nicole Freeman

Valley Preferred and Aetna have announced their formation of an accountable care organization (ACO) that will serve patients in Lehigh and Northampton, Pennsylvania communities. The collaboration is intended to improve healthcare quality...

House-approved omnibus bill seeks to limit ACA support

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives voted in favor of an omnibus bill that would provide $1.012 trillion in discretionary funding to run the federal government through 2014. On the heels of 359-67 vote heralded as a bipartisan...

Cigna launches three new accountable care organizations

by Nicole Freeman

On January 1, three new accountable care organizations (ACO) affiliated with Cigna came into being. The first, with Core Physicians, is set to improve patient access to health care, enhance care coordination, and improve...

Walgreens and Centura Health form healthcare partnership

by Nicole Freeman

Walgreens and Centura Health have announced a clinical partnership to provide Colorado’s Front Range with more convenient, affordable healthcare services. Centura providers like Colorado Health Neighborhoods, and Healthcare Clinic nurses...

Physicians band together as finances threaten independence

by Jennifer Bresnick

Declining salaries, high business costs, and the burdens of healthcare reform are nothing new to physicians who are struggling to keep their heads above water while resisting the pull of hospital employment.  Administrative headaches,...

How are EHR systems made useful in a community of care?

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The sense of community between physician and patient has been a tradition of the healthcare experience. It’s that community that not only represents the local nature of care but also the nature of trust that is built and sustained...

Accountable care requires more health IT than just EHRs

by Jennifer Bresnick

Meeting the goals of accountable care and achieving the associated cost reductions requires a more robust health IT infrastructure than just an electronic health record can provide, says a report by IDC Health Insights.  The triple aim of...

Health plan certification compliance to impact providers

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A provision of the Accountable Care Act concerning the certification of compliance for health plans will have both a positive and negative impact on the healthcare industry, says healthcare lawyer Daniel Gottlieb, Partner at McDermott Will...



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