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Blog posts tagged with physicians & community practices

  • Improving pneumococcal vaccination rates

    Jennifer Bolduc MD
    February 07, 2017

    With the number of clinical quality measures required today, there is an abundance of data. But what should we do with all of this information? I ran across a recent example of a data-driven initiative that was both simple and effective. It’s a collaborative health-improvement model (funded by a grant from Pfizer), and it focused on increasing pneumococcal vaccination rates. And it worked beautifully. Read more…

  • Right-sized care: acute intervention in an ambulatory setting

    Jennifer Bolduc MD
    January 24, 2017

    As a pediatrician, I find that there are times when my patients require a specific acute intervention – but they don’t need the full hospital experience. Outpatient clinics face many scenarios when an intermediary care setting would be ideal. Holston Medical Group (HMG), a large multi-specialty physician group based in Kingsport, Tennessee, U.S.A., has developed its own response to this challenge: The Extensivist Clinic. Read more…

  • MACRA 101: What you need to know about Advanced APMs

    Jim Brulé
    December 12, 2016

    The third and final installment in our MACRA 101 blog series, this post dives into the details about Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs.) Participants that choose the optional APM track are agreeing to higher risk but also have the potential for higher potential reward than their counterparts in the default MIPS track. Read more…

  • MACRA 101: What you need to know about MIPS

    Jim Brulé
    December 06, 2016

    The second installment in our MACRA 101 blog series, this post dives into the details of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) estimates that of the 712,000 Medicare Eligible Clinicians (ECs) that will participate in the QPP, about 87% will default to the MIPS track in the initial years. It has lower risk but also lower incentives, as it was crafted by Congress to ultimately be the less attractive option. Read more…

  • MACRA 101: We have the final rule for the QPP...now what?

    Jim Brule
    November 29, 2016

    The first installment in a blog series about MACRA, which stands for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, legislation that reformed the Medicare payment system to help lower the cost of health care, while delivering better quality and improving health outcomes Read more…

  • 5 ways the Trump administration may affect health IT

    Leigh Burchell
    November 21, 2016

    Following every election cycle, the United States experiences a change in policy and direction. During his campaign, Donald Trump said little about his plans for health IT, precision medicine or delivery system reform, so it will take some time for us to have a real sense of his administration’s thoughts on these subjects Read more…

  • Clinical photography bridges technology gap in health care

    Tina Joros
    November 16, 2016

    Sometimes the best way to capture information is with a picture. Photographs can help clinicians diagnose conditions and monitor progress, especially in specialties such as plastic surgery, dermatology, burn care, wound care and vein care. Clinical photography can be helpful in these cases. However, due to the technical skill needed to capture accurate, repeatable photographs, these pictures rarely provide comparable, measurable (read “quality”) data for providers. Read more…

  • Advancing patient-centered practice transformation

    Dr Ramanujam Venugopalan
    November 07, 2016

    Healthcare market dynamics are shifting toward value-based care. For primary care practices seeking patient-centered care and the associated financial incentives, the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model is the sweet spot. As sweeping delivery system reform kicks off in 2017, practices can look forward to a clear regulatory roadmap to align their efforts with the PCMH model and succeed in their journey to becoming truly patient centered. Read more…

  • 6 questions to ask about EHR rating methodologies

    Dennia Clarke
    November 02, 2016

    According to research, which electronic health record (EHR) vendor is ranked number one? It may seem like a simple question, but if you’ve tried to answer it, you’ve likely found a wide range of responses. Analyst firms, researchers, industry associations and vendors all take on different perspectives when they rank EHR platforms. It’s important to know your sources and understand their market definitions and methodologies before you weigh these results in your next EHR purchasing decision. Read more…

  • Meaningful Use Stage 3 drives more flexibility in how patients access data

    Tina Joros
    October 27, 2016

    Patient portals are essential communication tools for many providers and patients today. For example, more than 9.3 million patients have accounts through the Allscripts FollowMyHealth® patient engagement platform. But a recent Nielsen survey found that the majority of Americans are not using digital technology to access their physicians – which is unlike how we approach other aspects of our lives, such as banking or making travel arrangements. Read more…

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