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April 13, 2015  10:39 PM

HIMSS 2015 attendees just want to find their way



Posted by: Scott Wallask
EHR, health IT innovation, HIMSS 2015, precision medicine

When I got into the taxi to catch my plane from Boston to the HIMSS 2015 conference, my cabbie didn't know how to get to Logan Airport. He needed a GPS to guide him. Then, in Chicago,...

March 11, 2015  4:15 PM

HHS unveils “Next Generation ACO Model”



Posted by: ShaunSutner
ACA, ACO, hhs

One of the more interesting but lesser known offspring of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the accountable care organization (ACO), appears to be holding strong as a model of how healthcare will be delivered in the future. ACOs have depended heavily, perhaps more than any other form of healthcare...


February 11, 2015  1:26 PM

Group representing ACOs asks for Shared Savings Program overhaul



Posted by: adelvecchio
accountable care organizations, ACO, AMA, Medicare Shared Savings Program

Changes proposed by CMS to the Medicare Shared Savings Program that could also alter the future of accountable care organizations (ACOs) aren't significant enough to satisfy a collection of healthcare provider groups. The opposing group comprises provider healthcare improvement alliance Premier,...


January 28, 2015  2:47 PM

HL7 International starts user group for payers



Posted by: ShaunSutner
FHIR, HL7, payers

Unlike in European countries with single-payer or similar health insurance systems, the U.S. healthcare market is fragmented among a large number of individual private payer companies and groups. That setup brings technological problems when it comes to exchanging information between payers and...


January 27, 2015  1:46 PM

In Massachusetts, medical marijuana alerts get a second look



Posted by: Scott Wallask
healthcare, patient privacy, PHI, prescriptions

Imagine checking a personal email at work or at the public library and seeing this subject line show up in the alert box: "Confirmation of Patient Certification in the Medical Use of Marijuana Online System." That's what happened to more than 6,800 patients in Massachusetts who have been...


January 9, 2015  10:53 AM

With the new year in mind, a look back at hot health IT trends 20 years ago



Posted by: Scott Wallask
EHR adoption, healthcare, HIPAA audits, Interoperability, LOINC, Meaningful use, patient data, PDA, smartphones

As we jump into 2015, health IT professionals are familiar with the road ahead: Meaningful use debates, HIPAA audits, and EHR advances will all make headlines this year. And new technologies like wearable devices will push the boundaries of patient-centered care. With that in mind, I thought it...


January 6, 2015  2:15 PM

Six states profiled in State HIE Program study



Posted by: adelvecchio
accountable care organizations, ACO, HIE, state HIEs

Participants in the State HIE Program believe its existence has increased awareness of HIE and that the value of the program will grow as it solidifies ties with supporting programs, such as...


December 18, 2014  11:16 AM

CMS seeks comments on proposed rule for ACO program



Posted by: MonicaVallejo
ACO, CMS, Medicare Shared Savings Program

Accountable care organizations are on the verge of receiving a supportive push from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to aid them in their mission of improving the quality of


December 16, 2014  12:31 PM

Expansion of online appointment scheduling could lead to cost savings



Posted by: adelvecchio
health IT, health IT tools, online scheduling

Online patients will make 986 million medical appointments in the U.S. in 2019, accounting for 38% of all appointments made that year, according to projections compiled and reported by Accenture plc. Accenture's report also states that online appointment scheduling will generate $3.2 billion in...


November 6, 2014  1:53 PM

BSR’s guiding principles define access to healthcare



Posted by: ScotP
Affordable Care Act, health insurance, healthcare, sustainable healthcare

NEW YORK -- The concept of access to healthcare in the U.S. is often a foregone conclusion, despite the millions of uninsured persons that led to the Affordable Care Act of 2010. But, in fact, access to healthcare on a global level is a much...


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