Recently the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) outlined ambitious goals to significantly increase the percentage of Medicare payments that are tied to quality and cost effectiveness over the next several years.
As we close the book on 2014, let's look back at a few of the key themes that appeared in this space during the past year and take a peek at the issues our clients will encounter in the coming year.
An emerging model recognizes the value and abilities of advanced care providers (ACPs) – namely, NPs and PAs – and puts them in a position to effectively lead the care team and operate the PCMH model.
This column discusses some of the challenges that exist for controlling health care costs in the state of Indiana.
CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) recently announced modifications to the meaningful use attestation requirements for 2014.
On August 5, Cerner announced that it would be acquiring Siemens AG's Healthcare Information Technology business unit. The blogosphere quickly lit up, with various experts weighing in on the long-term impact of the acquisition.
Financial incentives are an effective mechanism for aligning behavior, and at a time when physician employment is increasingly prevalent, implementing a compensation plan that aligns an organization's goals directly with physician remuneration is a key lever to achieving strategic objectives.
We have developed a quantitative and qualitative PCMH Readiness Assessment Methodology that reviews an organization's ability to successfully operate and sustain a PCMH. This tool is designed to leverage existing strengths, address operational weaknesses, and identify resources to invest in key capabilities.
Organizations that have invested heavily in their EHR platform(s) to support these new initiatives are only now discovering that a comprehensive ACO portfolio may require functionality and solutions that aren't available in all EHR products.
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