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Dozens of Orgs Urge CMS to Keep Next-Gen Genetic Testing in Medicare

February 8, 2019 - More than 60 leading healthcare organizations representing patients, providers, and academic medical centers have called on CMS to revise its interpretation of the National Coverage Determination (NCD) for next-generation sequencing (NGS) within Medicare. In a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, 63 organizations said they were concerned that the broad interpretation would limit...


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FDA Releases Guidance on Health Data Integrity, Drug Safety

by Jessica Kent

The FDA has released new guidance aimed at helping drug manufacturers ensure data integrity and product safety. The document is an update to the FDA’s 2016 draft guidance on the topic and will ensure industry compliance with current...

NCQA Launches Two New Population Health Management Programs

by Jessica Kent

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has launched two new population health management programs designed to assess and support organizations as they deliver holistic patient care. NCQA’s Population Health Program...

National Study to Show Value of Patient Navigators in Cancer Care

by Jessica Kent

The Academy of Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators (AONN+) in collaboration with Chartis Oncology Solutions and the American Cancer Society will launch a national, multisite study to demonstrate the validity and reliability of patient...

AMA Updates Population Health Tool to Improve Patient Care Access

by Jessica Kent

The American Medical Association (AMA) has enhanced its Health Workforce Mapper tool with updated population health data to further improve patient access to care. The tool, which allows users to see the distribution of providers in each...

Cutting Variation in Hospital Care Brings High Quality, Lower Costs

by Jennifer Bresnick

High quality and lower costs can indeed go hand-in-hand for hospitals, according to new data from Advisory Board, if healthcare organizations can successfully reduce unnecessary variations in care. An analysis of more than 460 hospitals...

$40M AHRQ, PCORI Grants Will Support a Learning Health System

by Jessica Kent

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) have awarded $40 million in grants to 11 learning health system (LHS) organizations to help advance patient-centered care...

CMS Disability Index Identifies Care Disparities, Access Issues

by Jessica Kent

Physical and mental disabilities have a significant impact on individuals’ ability to access healthcare, obtain quality services, and manage associated social determinants of health, a recent report from CMS reveals. According to...

Hospital Care May Not Influence Socioeconomic Outcomes Disparities

by Jessica Kent

Hospitals generally provide similar levels of quality care to individuals across socioeconomic groups, indicating that outcomes disparities may be rooted in external community factors, according to a recent study published in JAMA. While...

CMS Adds Hospitals to Medicare Disparities Data Visualization Tool

by Jessica Kent

CMS has expanded the Mapping Medicare Disparities (MMD) Tool to include a Hospital View, which enables users to compare healthcare quality and outcomes at the hospital level and identify care disparities for Medicare patients. Launched in...

NJ Hospital Association Launches Big Data Analytics Center

by Jessica Kent

The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) has launched a new center that will use big data analytics techniques to identify and address gaps in care. The NJHA Center for Health Analytics, Research, and Transformation (CHART) will apply...

RI to Use All-Payer Claims Database for Quality, Cost Analytics

by Jessica Kent

The Peterson Center on Healthcare, the state of Rhode Island, and Brown University have announced the Rhode Island Healthcare Cost Trends Collaborative Project, in which researchers will study spending information from Rhode Island’s...

CMS Strategy to Focus on Rural Healthcare Access, Quality

by Jessica Kent

CMS has announced a new Rural Health Strategy, which will help ensure that the nearly one in five individuals living in rural areas have access to quality healthcare. “For the first time, CMS is organizing and focusing our efforts...

Data Analytics, Agile Implementation Speed Healthcare Quality Improvement

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry has been through numerous trials in recent years, from the financial and technical alterations brought by the Affordable Care Act and the HITECH Act to the rise of consumerism and the advent of the digital...

Vendors Push Big Data Analytics, but Hospitals Focus on Safety, Security

by Jennifer Bresnick

LAS VEGAS - Vendors and healthcare providers are not seeing eye to eye on their top priorities for 2018, according to the latest HIMSS US Leadership and Workforce Survey released at HIMSS18 today. While vendors and consulting firms are...

Health Information Exchange Brings Higher Quality, Lower Costs

by Jessica Kent

Health information exchange (HIE) continues to improve care quality, enhance patient safety, and reduce healthcare costs, but more providers need to employ HIE to maximize its potential, according to a report to the community from...

Liquid Biopsy, Machine Learning Can Detect Multiple Cancers

by Jessica Kent

A liquid biopsy test supported by a machine learning algorithm can accurately detect the presence and origin of several different cancers, opening up the possibility of less invasive and more precise testing, according to a blog post from...

Adopting Big Data Analytics, Precision Medicine Drives Quality Care

by Jessica Kent

The successful adoption of technological innovations in big data analytics, precision medicine, and digital health will increase quality care, according to a health policy statement from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). During an...

Humana Pins Social Determinants of Health to Better Quality of Life

by Jennifer Bresnick

Taking a proactive approach to addressing the social determinants of health within a patient’s community can translate into measurably higher quality-of-life scores, Humana says in a new peer-reviewed article. By working within the...

Developing Community Partners for Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Whether they are participating in value-based reimbursements or still based in fee-for-service, the vast majority of primary care providers are keenly aware that they can no longer afford to go it alone.  Consumer expectations are...

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