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Report shines light on ACO successes, strategies

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The report highlights ACOs’ experience by evaluating proficiency across key activities, educating organizations about the importance of key activities and prioritizing improvement efforts based on unique needs. “ACOs have demonstrated great promise at improving care and reducing costs, as evidenced by the latest results from Medicare ACOs,” said HCTTF Executive Director Jeff Micklos. “The task force is committed to the spread of alternative payment models and sharing learnings from model participants. This study includes replicable strategies especially beneficial for smaller, independent organizations without the capital to invest in custom, hands-on […]
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New in Wearable Health Tech: A Wrist Sensor That Works Up a Sweat

New in Wearable Health Tech: A Wrist Sensor That Works Up a Sweat

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Researchers who are trying to find a way to make wearable health technology real say they’ve taken a big step with a device that generates enough sweat to be useful Healthcare in the They’ve built a prototype that generates a few drops of perspiration — enough to measure blood sugar and to monitor other bodily functions. It’s not ready for the market yet, but shows it is possible for people to wear lightweight devices that can deliver on the promise of pain-free diagnosis. “You don’t stick people with anything. You […]
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See the technology that is making care transitions better

See the technology that is making care transitions better

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Several technology vendors tout solutions that better link provider and patient while lowering dreaded readmissions Technology has created a new era of care transition that is empowering the post-acute sector while creating a shared sense of responsibility when it comes to the ultimate care of the patient. But although care transition has been a focus for years, it has gained greater prominence due to recent pressures of readmission penalties and prospective payment models that require providers to assume more risk, said Tom Sullivan, MD, chief strategic officer for Rockville, Maryland-based […]
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MGMA Advises New HHS Secretary on MACRA Implementation

MGMA Advises New HHS Secretary on MACRA Implementation

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MGMA made suggestions to improve various aspects of the healthcare industry that benefit medical groups participating in MACRA implementation. The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) recently recommended MACRA implementation and other policy suggestions to the newly confirmed Secretary of Department of Health & Human Services. In a letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, MGMA made suggestions regarding topics including administrative simplification, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), alternative payment models (APMs), EHR certification, and the Stark Physician Self-Referral Law.  Read the full article. Check out this article and more […]
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The importance of securing patient identity as health IT goes virtual

The importance of securing patient identity as health IT goes virtual

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Normal healthcare concerns become even more pressing with the growing prevalence of virtual care. Health IT solutions must address patient ID challenges along the care continuum. As virtual care grows to engage a wider breadth of patients, the industry needs to look at innovative ways to ensure ID security.  Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social media!
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How Payers Could Assist Primary Care Docs with Value-Based Care

How Payers Could Assist Primary Care Docs with Value-Based Care

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By sharing timely data, healthcare payers could help primary care practices succeed in value-based care. “One of the things I hear from the primary care providers is that there are oftentimes competing or discrepant pay for performance programs between the health plans and they may use different codes to track a visit,” Matovsky said. “They may use different standards in terms of performance and achieving different metrics. The more complicated those programs are and the discrepant they are from health plan to health plan, it makes the whole system less […]
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How Payers, Providers Could Streamline Medical Claims Management

How Payers, Providers Could Streamline Medical Claims Management

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Payers and providers may need to boost training and medical documentation processes while reducing denial rates to streamline medical claims management. Successful medical claims management and processing is not always easy to garner for health insurance companies due to a lack of training among insurance agents, missing or inaccurate documentation, and the general time-consuming aspect of resolving claim denials between payers and providers. Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social media!
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6 major mistakes of patient engagement

6 major mistakes of patient engagement

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Is your healthcare facility making patient engagement mistakes? The first step to solving any problem is realizing there is one. Patient engagement has for many health organizations, become a catchy buzzword to satisfy meaningful use. However, the following seven major mistakes are ones, which when realized and rectified, can create powerful results to support your organization’s mission. Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social media!
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Three reasons telemedicine will grow in 2017

Three reasons telemedicine will grow in 2017

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Healthcare information technology in 2017 Regardless of changes on Capitol Hill and the ensuing impact on healthcare policy, there are reasons to believe that 2017 will bring a greater commitment to improving coordination and implementing new care models. Technology, and specifically telemedicine, has an enormous role to play in improvements to clinical work flows, care coordination, and long-term health outcomes.  Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social media!
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