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Study: HIT use aligned with new payment, delivery models supported improved care delivery

Providers with robust electronic health records who participated in an accountable care organizations or patient-centered medical homes were the most likely to routinely perform certain care processes, according to a study published in  The American Journal of Managed Care.

CMS unveils first group of Next Generation ACOs

Twenty-one organizations will become the first to join Medicare's new accountable care organization model, the Next Generation, taking on greater financial risk but potentially reaping greater financial rewards.

CMS requires ACOs to explain health IT use

The  Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services final rule on Medicare Shed Savings Program accountable care organizations (ACOs), published late Thursday, finalizes a proposal that calls on ACOs to describe in their applications how they will promote the use of health IT to boost care coordination.

Intel ACO initiative focuses on standards-based interoperability

Achieving interoperability can be challenging in a healthcare setting, as Intel recognized with the launch of a homegrown ACO this year. An inside look at its initiative sheds light on the approaches the company took to addressing those challenges.

Texoma ACO uses data analytics to save costs in MSSP

When trying out tools, if at first you don't succeed, you have to try, try again. That's what one accountable care organization did when picking a population health management data analytics platform.

CMS draft regs push ACOs to outline how, why they'll use technology

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in new draft regulations for governing accountable care organizations unveiled Monday, calls on ACOs to describe how they plan to "encourage and promote" the use of technology--such as electronic health records, telehealth services and health information exchange services--to enhance care coordination.

Interoperability remains a barrier for health data exchange organizations

Echoing previous surveys, eHealth Initiative's latest poll of health data exchange organizations finds them struggling with interoperability issues.

Ian Morrison: Private purchasers demand high quality, low costs from providers

Affordability is urgently needed in healthcare and the industry must continue to find innovative ways to constantly improve care while lowering costs for private healthcare purchasers, who drive the market and hold the entire financial margin of the healthcare delivery system, futurist Ian Morrison, Ph.D., writes in Hospitals & Health Networks.  

Number of registered nurses grows as professionals delay retirement

Despite debate about the validity of a nursing shortage, the number of registered nurses across the country continues to rise, reaching 2.7 million in 2012 and growing even more since then, according to a study published in  Health Affairs.

Value-based pay picking up speed

While many doctors still operate on a fee-for-service basis, insurers are moving toward value-based reimbursement that focuses more on quality, transparency and accountability, reports  Forbes.