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January 28, 2013  8:46 PM

What does a hospital-based EHR or SaaS mean to innovation?



Posted by: RedaChouffani
ACOs, EHR, SaaS

As we continue to see a shift toward new payment models for care delivery and more care collaboration and information sharing, adopting or participating in Software as a Service (SaaS) by a hospital for...

January 1, 2013  10:43 AM

ACO models will draw attention in 2013



Posted by: RedaChouffani
ACOs, CCHIT, CMS

Several organizations have taken steps in response to the increased interest in ACOs and the new payment models encouraged by HHS. Independent physicians have been evaluating their options to either join a hospital sponsored ACO or an alternative option. This decision will be a significant...


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...


November 13, 2011  11:57 PM

Barriers to achieving health information exchange



Posted by: RedaChouffani
ACOs, Data management and standards, EHR adoption, EHRs, Electronic health records, Health information exchange, HIE

During a recent discussion with a hospitalist, I was asked to explain why health care as an industry is still not at a place where providers can readily receive a patient’s health information electronically whenever they need it.  While the value of EHRs is seemingly...


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...


April 3, 2011  9:29 PM

CMS’ new rule under Affordable Care Act and its technical implications



Posted by: RedaChouffani
ACOs, CMS, GPRO

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a new rule under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to help doctors and hospitals improve coordination of care for Medicare patients. The proposed rule is in...


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