December 22, 2017
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Healthcare Informatics | December 19, 2017
The Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) and Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH) have announced that they are working together to develop a benchmarking framework for California ACOs (accountable care organizations). In an effort to collect more meaningful quality and cost information and reduce burden on clinicians, California healthcare purchasers, plans and providers have indeed endorsed an initiative to standardize ACO performance measurement and benchmarking that could serve as a national model, the IHA and PBGH said... READ MORE   

MedCity News | December 20, 2017  
2017 has undoubtedly been a standout year in the realms of telemedicine and digital health. In telehealth alone, much has happened over the past 12 months. A new law in Texas officially gave physicians permission to utilize telemedicine services to treat patients they haven't met in person, quashing a previous requirement that physician-patient relationships had to be initially established with an in-person visit. .. READ MORE   

RevCycle Intelligence | December 13, 2017    
The report , supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, showed that CMS aims to find the right payment amount and structure to reimburse providers for treating high-cost, medically complex patients. New medical billing codes for non-face-to-face encounters and alternative payment models are trying to change the way Medicare reimburses for primary care, according to researchers at the Urban Institute's Health Policy Center. ..READ MORE

RevCycle Intelligence | December 5, 2017

Creating a high-value culture, engaging in proactive population health management, and implementing an infrastructure that promotes continuous performance improvement were key characteristics of 11 successful accountable care organizations (ACOs) studied by the Health Care Transformation Task Force. The Task Force examined the ACOs in Medicare programs and at least one commercial contract to find scalable and generally applicable strategies for ACO success with reducing costs and improving care quality ...READ MORE  
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