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CHIO Role at CMS Will Enhance Data Sharing, Health IT Use

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The new Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO) position at CMS will work with federal officials and industry stakeholders to improve care delivery and patient outcomes through increased data sharing and health IT use. First announced in Ju...

VA, IBM Watson Extend AI, Genomics Partnership for Cancer Care

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The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and IBM Watson Health have announced an extension of their partnership to bring artificial intelligence and genomic analytics to cancer care. The VA’s precision oncology program primarily support...

Workflow Standards Key for Improved EHR Usability, Safety

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Health IT developers and providers should work together and define workflow and implementation strategies to enhance electronic health record (EHR) usability and safety, according to a study conducted by MedStar Health and the American Medi...

Urgent Care Centers Show Lackluster Antibiotic Stewardship

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Nearly forty-six percent of urgent care center visits resulting in an antibiotic prescription were for conditions that do not call for antibiotic treatment , revealing that more robust antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs) may be necessary...

Lack of Data Analytics Tools Deflates Faith in Value-Based Care

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The road to value-based care has never been a smooth one, but healthcare providers and payers may be in the midst of a particularly bumpy part of the journey, reveals a new survey from Quest Diagnostics.  Confidence in the transition t...Just under three quarters of survey participants – including payer executives – acknowledged that physicians do not have sufficient access to all the information they need about their patients.  Again, this number is higher...While relatively few organizations are looking to bring new technologies into their environments in the near future, they are optimistic that emerging tools and strategies, including artificial intelligence, FHIR, blockchain, and bioinforma...

How to Integrate Clinical Care with Mental, Behavioral Healthcare

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As the industry continues its shift from volume to value, healthcare organizations should consider innovative strategies for incorporating mental and behavioral healthcare services with the clinical environment. Delivering high-quality, pre...

US Digital Service Revamps CMS, QPP User Experience from the Inside Out

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The notorious inefficiency of the federal government has long been a common complaint for citizens, businesses, and other entities attempting to acquire information, apply for programs, or receive acknowledgement for some achievement. Healt...Since the advent of the EHR Incentive Programs, participating healthcare providers have ramped up their interactions with CMS, especially in the digital environment.  CMS has made a concerted effort to shift reporting requirements to o...The API, released towards the end of 2016, plays a key role in submitting and interacting with QPP data.  Providers can submit their performance data electronically and receive real-time feedback on the information, including prelimina...“I know there’s a lot of debate about the value of claims data, but I truly believe claims can be unbelievably powerful if you combine them with the right analytics technology,” said Sartin.  “We have data on ab...

UHC, Medtronic Use Value-Based Care to Boost Diabetes Management

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A value-based care partnership between UnitedHealthcare and Medtronic has reduced preventable hospital admissions by 27 percent, enhanced diabetes management, and cut healthcare costs. First-year results, drawn from an analysis of over 6,00...

NCI, VA Partner to Increase Cancer Clinical Trial Access

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The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) have partnered to increase veterans’ access to clinical trials of novel cancer treatments. The NCI and VA Interagency Group to Accelerate Trials Enrollment...

CMS Unveils Interoperability, EHR Clinical Documentation Changes

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CMS has released proposed rules for Medicare that would make good on its promises to promote interoperability, reduce administrative burdens for physicians, and expand patient data access capabilities. The proposals, teased over the past fe...

BCBSA Tackles Opioids with Big Data, Accreditations, Member Hotline

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The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) is taking additional steps to combat opioid abuse by leveraging big data analytics and offering more resources to patients and providers seeking to prevent or treat opioid dependence. In 2017, ...Thirty-four states across the nation reduced their opioid prescription rates by 30 percent or more, with Massachusetts seeing a 51 percent decline in filled prescriptions. "Our Prescription Pain Medication Safety Program has had a subs...

Addressing Chronic Disease with Population Health Management Strategies

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Chronic diseases are among the most costly, prevalent, and avoidable ailments impacting population health. Conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and opioid addiction claim thousands of lives and billions of dollars each year. The Cente...

EHR Natural Language Processing Errors Bring Patient Safety Concerns

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Speech recognition software that leverages natural language processing (NLP) to create clinical documentation has become increasingly popular among EHR users, but the potential for errors that lead to patient safety issues may be a matter o...

Can Big Data Solve the Health Insurance Transparency Problem?

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Along with housing, food, and transportation, healthcare is one of the biggest monthly expenses for American families – and the specter of an unexpectedly high bill for a major illness or surgery haunts the tens of millions of individ...Unfortunately, neither payers nor healthcare providers are known for being particularly forthcoming about their pricing structures.  Chargemaster rates are typically jealously guarded secrets, and pricing negotiations are usually ...

54% of Healthcare Pros Expect Widespread AI Adoption in 5 Years

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Artificial intelligence is quickly gaining steam in the healthcare industry as pilots and limited deployments start to prove their value.  The progression of AI is so swift that more than half of healthcare professionals surveyed by In...

Top 10 Disruptive Companies to Watch in the Healthcare Space

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2018 has been a busy year for corporate news as companies with long experience in the healthcare industry acquire competitors, release new offerings, and butt up against non-traditional newcomers looking for their own slice of the highly lu...

Machine Learning Tool IDs Macular Degeneration as Well as Humans

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Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), together with collaborators at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, have developed a machine learning tool that can detect age-related macular degeneration (AM...

AMA, Google Name Winners of PGHD, Data Sharing Challenge

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The American Medical Association (AMA) has announced the three winners of its AMA Healthcare Interoperability and Innovation Challenge, a project sponsored by Google Cloud that aims to promote data sharing and create tools that will use pat...

Alabama Recruits for Statewide Population Health, Genomics Program

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The Alabama Genomic Health Initiative (AGHI) has begun recruiting participants for its population health program that will use genomic analysis to predict disease. AGHI is a collaborative effort between the University of Alabama at Birmingh...

Patient-Centered Medical Home Has Saved Payer $1.2B Since 2011

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CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has saved nearly $1.2 billion – yes, billion – since 2011 by implementing a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model across ninety percent of its contracted healthcare providers in its mid-Atlant...“Bending the cost curve while improving quality for our members was the principal goal of the PCMH program when it was launched. We are pleased that our data again shows the program is helping to slow the rate at which medical costs g...“Data must be a click away,” the performance report states.  “Without comprehensive views of patterns matched with the ability to drill down into detail at the Member level, the result is inattentiveness on the part o...

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