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October 23, 2012  6:28 AM

Massachusetts statewide HIE connects hospitals and providers



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Accountable care organizations, ACOs, EHR, HIE, HIway, state

The Massachusetts statewide health information exchange (HIE) began the transfer of summary health records on October 16th, 2012 with Governor Deval Patrick's health record the first official XML file to be exchanged. This marks the first step for Massachusetts to enable local hospitals,...

April 23, 2012  6:50 AM

CMS announces 1.1 million participants and more to come for ACOs



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Accountable care organizations, ACOs, CMS

On April 10, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that over 1.1 million Medicare beneficiaries have been served by ACOs (Accountable Care Organizations), a statistic that shows a strong positive start to the proliferation of the ACO framework. There have been 27...


April 1, 2012  10:01 PM

The race to keep patients out of hospitals will change the way health systems generate revenue



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Accountable care organizations, ACO, Health care reform, Quality, Quality reporting

There are many initiatiaves that large health system can begin employing now to ensure the revenues are not threatened by the changing health care payment landscape. Many are predicting that health care is moving toward a system where providers will be rewarded based on outcomes,...


December 4, 2011  5:33 PM

Top 6 ACO considerations to watch for 2012



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Accountable care organizations, ACO, Health information exchange, HIE

As 2012 approaches and CMS kicks off the official start for Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), we are reminded of the changes that participating physicians in an ACO will face. Below is a list of 6 considerations that need to be on their agendas in 2012. Defining the ACO...


October 23, 2011  9:10 PM

HHS announced final ruling for ACO



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Accountable care organizations, ACO, ACO final rule, ACOs

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final ruling last week for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). The proposed ruling was initially released in March and after public comment period, some significant changes...


October 17, 2011  8:53 PM

Commercial payers actively investing in ACO and PCMH



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Accountable care organizations, ACO, ACOs, EHR adoption, Health plans, Medical Home, Patient Centered Medical Home, Payer, Payer collaboration, PCMH

For many years, both commercial and non-private payers have engaged physicians in improving patient outcomes through the various pay for performance initiatives. Many of the programs have had monetary incentives associated with them as well as rankings listed for...


September 25, 2011  6:05 PM

Ambulatory practices preparing for ACOs and medical homes



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Accountable care organizations, ACO, ACOs, Care coordination, EHR adoption, Medical Home, private provider groups

For large ambulatory care providers, buying an electronic health record (EHR) is only one piece of the puzzle. This is especially the case when we look at how health care is transforming. Under many of the new mandates and reform efforts, we begin to...


September 18, 2011  7:46 PM

Does an ACO need to wait for an HIE?



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Accountable care organizations, ACO, Health information exchange, HIE, Interoperability and health information exchange

When discussing the subject of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), the exchange of health information is most often assumed to be a must have component for the model. Rightfully so, since the intent of an ACO is the coordination of accountable care to reduce costs and improve population...


February 27, 2011  9:35 PM

Data exchange in Accountable Care Organizations



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Accountable care organizations, ACO, data exchange

With the federal government seeking to identify new ways -- or trying older ways -- to reform health care, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have been one of the care delivery systems that our government  is recommending as an option for improving patient care and...


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