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ACOs display room for improvement with medication readiness

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are falling short in at least one quality- and cost-related area, according to authors of new research published in the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy. That is optimal medication use. “Most...

New tool identified for assessing quality of clinical notes

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

How do you assess the quality of a clinical note? According to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, answering that question is crucial to taking advantage of the widespread adoption of EHR...

Is healthcare spending heading in the right direction?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The reported low growth of healthcare spending in 2012 has become the source of debate for industry experts as to its cause, according to an article in The New England Journal of Medicine. The national debate centers on whether this recent...

Pathway for SGR Reform Act provides 3-month Medicare fix

by Jennifer Bresnick

A bi-partisan effort to postpone the yearly threat of major cuts to Medicare payments has succeeded in holding off the steep payment reductions for another three months after President Obama’s signature affixed itself onto the Pathway...

Consolidating for the good of health information exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Mergers and acquisitions are commonplace in competitive industries, with healthcare being no exception. Historically, these healthcare consolidations are about a health system rounding out its network and maintaining a competitive...

New accountable care organizations form in Ohio, Arizona

by Nicole Freeman

Add two new accountable care organizations to the list. On February 1, 2014, University Hospitals (UH) and UnitedHealthcare will launch a new ACO model to shift toward a value-based care system for Northern Ohio residents with...

What core competencies do ACOs need to demonstrate?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The formation of accountable care organizations (ACOs) requires participating healthcare organizations and providers to demonstrate their ability to manage the risk they are taking on. “With this transformation the business...

What determines the efficiency of risk-based models, ACOs?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

While forms of accountable care have demonstrated the ability to track the cost of care for individuals, they fall short of providing financial insight about individual episodes of care, according to new research on ACO efficiency...

Health IT as an enabler, disabler in the patient experience

by [email protected]

My journey to schedule a check-up with my physician began on the morning of November 13. It had been just over three years since my last visit to his office and I decided that this would be a good time to improve my own patient engagement....

Survey: Hospitals slow to adopt accountable care, form ACOs

by Nicole Freeman

A recent survey conducted by Purdue Healthcare Advisors (PHA) revealed that nearly half of hospital executives (46 percent) do not intend to use an accountable care organization (ACO)-like model in their systems. The report also states...

Pundits offer predictions for healthcare, health IT in 2014

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Along with the holidays come the predictions for the upcoming. Prognosticators from IDC Health Insights and the Physicians Foundation have unveiled their forecasts for 2014, a year that should likely tax the resources of healthcare...

What consolidation means for EHR, health IT interoperability

by Sponsored Content

The transformation of the healthcare industry is not unlike a puzzle — with pieces constantly moved until the right “fit” is found. A recent report shows a slight decline in the acquisition of hospitals by each other but...

Study: Showing lab costs in the EHR can save money

by Jennifer Bresnick

Being clear about the price tag of laboratory tests by showing them in the EHR during the ordering process can help physicians make more cost-effective decisions, says a new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.  When...

Groups weigh in on SGR repeal plans, Medicare payment freeze

by Jennifer Bresnick

News that Congress has agreed on a basic framework to replace the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula with a more stable way of providing reimbursements to providers has been greeted with approval by a variety of physician...

High costs cause healthcare access problems for Americans

by Jennifer Bresnick

In a poll with few surprises, the latest Commonwealth Fund international survey crowns the United States with the dubious honor of being the most expensive country for healthcare.  More Americans experience problems accessing basic...

University Hospitals, Cigna partner for accountable care

by Nicole Freeman

Cigna and University Hospitals (UH) are partnering in the name of accountable care, agreeing to form a collaborative accountable care initiative to improve health, cost of care, and the patient experience for Cigna customers. The program...

AHA wants reforms for quality measures, clinical integration

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a letter to the House Committee on Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committee, the American Hospital Association has provided its recommendations for resolving current problems with the Medicare payment system for...

What actionable data means in an ICD-10, accountable world

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

With the emergence of accountable care, healthcare organizations and providers are taking on risk and to mitigate this risk they are attempting to put the most reliable and current data in the hands of physicians and other members of the...

Accountable care nets Joint Commission praise for 1099 hospitals

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Joint Commission’s annual list of Top Performer hospitals has seen a record number of entrants this year, with 1099 hospitals honored for the quality care they performed in 2012.  One third of all facilities that report to the Joint...

10 steps for providers to survive ARRA, ACA requirements

by Sponsored Content

Controversial from the start, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was landmark legislation three years ago. It remains front and center after being tested by the Supreme Court, a Presidential re-election, and most recently, a government...

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