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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Echoing previous surveys, eHealth Initiative's latest poll of health data exchange organizations finds them struggling with interoperability issues.
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.
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.
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.
Starting with the right kind of data is critical to the success of an accountable care organization (ACO), Naveen Srabu, product management director for Liaison Healthcare Technologies, told an audience at the AHIMA Convention in Atlanta.