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Is provider consolidation good or bad for healthcare reform?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A combination of mandates and incentives are changing the healthcare landscape and rewarding providers whose clinical practices support high levels of care coordination and superior control over the costs associated with this care. A...

VA Under Secretary resigns in wake of wait list scandal

by Jennifer Bresnick

Dr. Robert A. Petzel, the Under Secretary for Health at the Department for Veterans Affairs, has resigned in the wake of a contentious hearing, in which Senate leaders seemed to pin problems with the VA’s wait list system on top...

VA wait list scandal: Shinseki “mad as hell” about allegations

by Jennifer Bresnick

In response to a subpoena issues last week, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki took the hot seat in front of the Senate this morning to address the growing scandal around a secret waiting list for veteran appointments at the...

Aetna CEO: Accountable care requires payer transparency

by Jennifer Bresnick

Providers aren’t the only ones embracing a higher degree of accountability when it comes to healthcare reform.  Three major payers, Aetna, Humana, and UnitedHealthcare, have announced a partnership with the Health Care Cost Institute...

Data analytics, info sharing vital to HHS nominee’s approach

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Sylvia Mathews Burwell is a well-respected figure on the Hill based on the opening remarks of several senators during her confirmation hearing to become the successor to the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary...

Michigan health systems form clinically integrated network

by Jennifer Bresnick

Catholic hospital systems Ascension Health and CHE Trinity Health have announced the formation of a clinical integration partnership that will encompass 27 hospitals and more than 5000 physicians at hundreds of clinical sites stretching...

How Population Health, Payment Reforms Impact Telemedicine

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Whether the payment model is based on fee-for-service or value-based care, telemedicine providers continue to face challenges in ensuring that their services are reimbursed appropriately. In many ways, the evolving landscape of healthcare...

Kindred Healthcare signs strategic deal with Las Vegas ACO

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

An accountable care organization (ACO) in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) in Nevada has added both a new strategic partner and owner. Silver State ACO has reached an agreement with...

ACPE: Accountable care relies on strong physician leaders

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare reforms moving the industry towards a new era of accountable care, population health management, and preventative medicine will require more than just business savvy at the top of the board room.  Clinical experience and a...

AHA: Care teams key to meeting healthcare reform objectives

by Jennifer Bresnick

Building a strong executive leadership board and tightly coordinated patient care teams will be essential for hospitals wishing to achieve business and clinical goals like quality improvements and reductions in the cost of care, says a new...

Where Do Payers Fit into Population Health Management?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Successful population health management is not possible without data. The form that information takes depends on the role being played by a particular player in population health management: provider, patient, or payer. With passage of the...

Online physician reviews bring transparency, engagement

by Jennifer Bresnick

At the University of Utah Health Care (UUHC) system, web traffic is sky high as patients sign on to rate and review their physicians, discuss the quality of their care, and browse experiences from other consumers.  In conjunction with...

Identifying key stakeholders, activities of claims processing

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

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

Is Meaningful Use meaningless for care quality?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Physicians participating in the EHR Incentive Programs produced only marginally better scores on certain key quality measures than their non-meaningful user peers, and even scored worse on others, says a study published online in JAMA this...

Industry engagement and dialogue are key for accountable care

by Jennifer Bresnick

The shift to accountable care involves a great deal more than rewriting payment structures to focus on outcomes instead of services performed.  It is an industry-wide struggle to tie up an impossible number of loose ends, from physician...

UConn retools med school to focus on EHRs, healthcare reforms

by Jennifer Bresnick

While it may be reasonable to assume that the current generation of medical students are much more technologically savvy than their predecessors, having never lived in a world without the internet, training this new cadre of...

Why moving beyond the EHR is needed for population health

by Sponsored Content

EHRs — and the data they hold — are critical to succeed in population health, but they’re not enough. This message is surely a tough one for many US providers who have spent years and tens of millions of dollars (if not a lot more)...

How can EHR adoption move providers beyond meaningful use?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The phased approach of meaningful use demonstrates that EHR adoption is a process with many steps and just as many applications for care coordination and quality improvements. This is particularly evident in regions of the country with...

Aetna, Cigna, Humana reveal new accountable care strategies

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Three of the nation’s top health insurers have unveiled plans for expanding their efforts around care coordination and quality improvements. First, Aetna has reached a value-based collaborative care agreement with Connecticut-based...

Health system consolidation may not always produce better care

by Jennifer Bresnick

As more and more physicians seek the financial protection of employment with bigger healthcare organizations, and more hospitals merge with former competitors or acquire failing facilities to gain a strategic edge, the healthcare system is...

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