MACRA, MIPS and the Myth of Physician Choice in the New Medicare Payment System

| July 5, 2016

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The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released proposed regulations on the Quality Payment Program, which lays out two different tracks for Medicare fee-for-service physician reimbursement.

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Health IT coalition to use data analytics in battle against COVID-19

Article | April 2, 2020

Healthcare organizations, technology firms, nonprofits, and academia are banding together to use their collective expertise, data, and insights for rapid deployment of innovative, open-source solutions to the global pandemic. The COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition, a private-sector led response, aims to mitigate the worst effects of the coronavirus by flattening the curve. A key component of this effort will be the use of real-time data for analytics that will help preserve the healthcare delivery system. LUMEDX client partners HCA Healthcare, the Mayo Clinic, and Intermountain Healthcare have joined big tech companies such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and others. For a full list, visit the website here. All coalition work is voluntary, and members are asked to pledge open cooperation and sharing. In addition to combining the best sources of information from around the world to provide data, analytics and insights to all, the coalition’s priorities include

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Preparing for the Future of Healthcare in Light of Automation

Article | April 2, 2020

Software automation accelerates processes and makes them more cost-effective, accurate, scalable, and measurable. But it also lets organizations coordinate and manage a collection of disparate systems according to business rules. These benefits offer enough value that automation is becoming an indispensable part of the enterprise toolkit. A 2019 Deloitte survey of 523 executives across industries found that 58% of organizations were already using Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and artificial intelligence (AI) combined. The top four objectives of this intelligent automation: increased productivity, cost savings, accuracy, and customer experience. How will this trend affect the healthcare job market? In the healthcare industry, examples include scheduling appointments, physician order entry, checking for allergies, ordering electronic prescriptions, validating a spreadsheet’s entries against data on a website, and manually transferring data from one system to another. Healthcare office workers tend to hate these tasks, which typically require very little decision-making, judgment, or creativity.

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Can EHRs Stand Up Marketplaces for Innovation?

Article | April 2, 2020

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) continues to advocate for improved data exchange, with the interoperability and information blocking rules being the latest federal push. One of the ONC’s goals with its latest guidance is to establish an ecosystem of innovation, with electronic health records (EHRs) serving as the foundation — i.e., the platform enabling application development and user access. But when it comes developing an EHR-based marketplace for innovation and mandating open APIs, there are many challenges for all players involved — including EHR vendors, tasked with standing up these sustainable marketplaces for innovation, and third-party developers, forced to bet big on which EHR platform(s) to innovate for and hope they chose right. How could the latest interoperability and information blocking guidelines impact the likelihood EHRs will be successful in developing sustainable innovation marketplaces?There are four key factors that stand to impact the success of EHR-based marketplace development, including:

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Three Steps to Deliver Personalized Healthcare Marketing in a Cookie-less World

Article | April 2, 2020

Health marketers who want to deliver personalized experiences across all channels must evolve the use of the person-level ID to balance differentiated offerings with privacy. Following Apple’s lead, Google recently announced that Chrome will start blocking third-party cookie tracking within the next two years. Marketers are wondering, what’s left? The ad industry will now begin to replace third-party cookies with new person-level identifiers versus relying on anonymous ID’s. For all media channels in the omni-channel world that have logged in, PII based matching will be even more critical. This will result in greater media efficiencies and more relevant experiences with fewer wasted impressions. Identity management will also become a more critical need as person-level data replaces third-party cookies.

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