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Value-Based Care to Require New EHR Selection Tools, Resources

April 19, 2016 - The implementation of value-based care models, notably MACRA, in coming months will bring with it increased demand for certified EHR technology (CEHRT), but a lack of reliable information to compare health IT products and services could undermine the EHR selection process. That's the conclusion the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology ultimately draws ...


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Lack of EHR Interoperability, API Use Hinder Value-Based Care

by Kate Monica

Almost a decade after healthcare organizations across the country began investing in EHR technology, problems with EHR interoperability still obstruct care coordination, health data exchange, and clinical efficiency. Consistent,...

AHA Seeks Changes to Stark Law to Support Care Coordination

by Kate Monica

Stark Law in its current form impedes care coordination and limits physicians’ ability to transition to a value-based care system, according to AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. Pollack emphasized the need for legislators and...

Supporting the Independent Practice in a Value-Based Care System

by Kate Monica

Value-based care is touted as a way of incentivizing providers to achieve the triple aim: delivering high quality care, improving population health management, and lowering healthcare costs. While shifting from a fee-for-service model to...

Cerner, Lumeris Partner for EHR-Agnostic Value-Based Care Solution

by Kate Monica

Cerner and value-based care managed services operator Lumeris recently announced a ten-year collaboration intended to streamline health data exchange, claims processing, and reimbursement cycles through a new health IT product...

GE Healthcare to Sell Ambulatory EHR, Financial Systems for $1.05B

by Kate Monica

Private equity investment firm Veritas Capital today announced it will acquire GE Healthcare’s Value-Based Care Division — which includes the Centricity EMR and Centricity Business — for $1.05 billion in cash. Through...

CMS Shares Plans to Enable Interoperability, Value-Based Care

by Kate Monica

In remarks at the HIMSS18 conference in Las Vegas, CMS Administrator Seema Verma detailed several of the federal agency’s plans to improve interoperability and health data exchange in support of the value-based care system. CMS...

EHR Problem Lists Not Accurate Enough for Risk Adjustment

by Kate Monica

Comorbidity data derived from EHR problem lists is not accurate enough for risk adjustment, according to a study published in The American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC). EHR problem lists comprise patient diagnoses entered into EHR...

EHR Use, Administrative Burden Accelerating Physician Burnout

by Kate Monica

In response to a new study about high levels of physician burnout among family physicians, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center family physician Donald O. Mack, MD, suggested the recent transition to a value-based care system and...

AHA Simplifies MACRA Reporting Requirements for PAC Providers

by Kate Monica

The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently released a suite of resources geared toward helping post-acute care (PAC) providers fulfill MACRA reporting requirements under the value-based care system. “MACRA represents a major...

ONC Chief Keen on Moving Health IT Innovation Beyond the EHR

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Healthcare interoperability and health IT usability were front and center at the 2017 ONC Annual Meeting in the nation’s capital and indicative on a change that took hold within the federal agency in recent years following its...

Trump Administration Nominates Alex Azar for HHS Secretary

by Kate Monica

The Trump Administration recently announced it has selected former Eli Lilly American Division President and former Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) General Counsel Alex Azar to serve as the new HHS Secretary.  The...

Consolidating to Simplify Health Data Exchange, Interoperability

by Kate Monica

True interoperability for improved health data exchange persists as a top healthcare industry priority among stakeholders in both the public and private sector as 2017 comes to a close. Health IT developers, health information exchanges...

CMS Issues Quality Payment Program Year 2 Final Rule

by Kate Monica

CMS today issued the final rule with comment period for the Quality Payment Program (QPP), which includes policies to reduce administrative burden on providers and better support clinicians in small and rural practices in meeting program...

Specialist Physicians Counter Call for Eliminating MIPS

by Kate Monica

Members of the Alliance of Specialty Medicine recently submitted a letter to Medicare Payment Advisory Committee (MedPAC) Chairman Francis J. Crosson, MD, arguing CMS should improve the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) rather...

Most Providers Report Lack of Health IT Interoperability

by Kate Monica

A new eHealth Initiative survey found 68 percent of providers believe current interoperability solutions fail to help meet the goals of value-based care. Researchers in 2017 Survey on Access to Patient Information gathered responses from...

Developing Quality Measures to Succeed in Value-Based Care

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The ability for care quality measures to paint an accurate picture of the patient care experience depends on the availability of reliable data, yet the latter remains a persistent challenge for providers participating in value-based care...

Team-Based Model Key to Achieving the Quadruple Aim at Reliant

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The key to success in value-based care is sharing the workload, claims the head of Reliant Medical Group.  “One of the things we know need to solve for and we have by no means have is getting away from one person needs to...

5 Strategies Driving SHIN-NY Roadmap for Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and the New York State Department of Health released a health data exchange roadmap outlining the projected evolution for the Statewide Health Information Network for New-York (SHIN-NY) under...

NQF Promotes Use of Quality Measures to Improve Health Equity

by Kate Monica

The National Quality Forum (NQF) released a roadmap outlining ways to use care quality measures to improve health equity nationwide. “The health equity roadmap gives the nation a blueprint to eliminate healthcare disparities,”...

Why Are Physicians Hesitant to Invest in Value-Based Care?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Federal quality reporting programs aim to improve the patient experience and health of populations and reduce the cost of care, goals their participants are clearly in favor. However, the latter take umbrage with the expense required of...

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