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Weekly News Roundup: August 16, 2019

This week's news roundup is all about healthcare quality measures: how evolving CMS quality measures are moving towards patient-centered care; making alternative payment models truly value based; why the new CMS Primary Care Models have implications for serious illness care; and what changes medical groups want for the CMS Patients Over Paperwork program.

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Weekly News Roundup: August 9, 2019

Academic medical centers (AMCs) are a triple threat on the healthcare court with their combined medical center, education, and research sections. With a unique set of resources, AMCs have the ability to take a comprehensive, holistic approach to patient care. However, one of the challenges they still face is effectively utilizing healthcare analytics. In this week's news roundup: How AMCs can leverage three areas of healthcare analytics, boost population health management, and automate artificial intelligence for medical decision making. Plus, why AMCs are adapting new business models.

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Weekly News Roundup: August 2, 2019

Data drives healthcare improvement and is an imperative resource for navigating a changing healthcare landscape. But healthcare data is complex, and it can be difficult to leverage. This week's news roundup is all about healthcare data management: Three principles of using data to its full potential; how data ethics is now a strategic business weapon; what you need to know about "dark data"; and, four critical phrases of healthcare data governance.

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Weekly News Roundup: July 26, 2019

Our focus in this week's news roundup is precision medicine: four trends to make it possible; a precision medicine approach to cognitive disease treatment; how real-world data (RWD) and evidence are becoming more prominent in clinical research; and, does precision medicine have a minority problem?

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Weekly News Roundup: July 19, 2019

Health systems are facing more pressure than ever to deliver cost savings. As a result, many organizations have turned their attention to cost-per-case as an area for potential financial improvements. In this week's news roundup: how healthcare cost-per-case improvements deliver big bottom-line savings; sepsis treatment costs shoot up $1.5 billion for hospitals over three years; cost-accounting-adoption-slow-decades-now-hyper-speed; and, hospital leaders see clear ROI for supply chain analytics, but most use outdated processes.

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Weekly News Roundup: July 12, 2019

This week's news roundup is all about Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs): why they might be today's top solution for healthcare interoperability demands; how to achieve a network-of-networks with health data standardization; the top five things to know about CCDs; and more.

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Weekly News Roundup: June 28, 2019

This week's news roundup is all about data-driven care: how data accessibility and analytics enables data-driven emergency care; how a new data sharing partnership with the American Heart Association boosts medical emergency outcomes; How AI and machine learning will fuel future population health management efforts; and how smart speakers my be able to detect cardiac arrests.

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Weekly News Roundup: June 21, 2019

Big changes are in store for MSSP ACOs with the Pathways to Success final rule poised to take affect soon. In this week's news roundup: strategies to help ACOs boost savings; why changes to MSSP may be the beginning of an important cultural shift; a new study finds that MSSP ACOs do not improve savings or quality; and how downside risk will impact participation in Pathways to Success.

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Weekly News Roundup: June 14, 2019

Population health is the phrase of the week. In this week's roundup: a lesson from precision medicine that helps inform healthcare leaders on improving population health; three ways healthcare professionals can use social media to improve population health; an introduction to a data- and analytics-first approach to population health management; and how academic medical centers can boost population health management.

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Weekly News Roundup: June 7, 2019

A health system's board of trustees plays a critical role in decision-making and governance but often lacks oversight. In this week's news roundup: six guidelines for engaging the board in quality and safety; AHA study shows that hospital boards see low turnover but lack diversity and succession planning; an assessment tool allows health system boards to track their performance; and, why all hospital boards deserve greater scrutiny

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Weekly News Roundup: May 31, 2019

Healthcare payer models are changing rapidly. This week's roundup features new and emerging healthcare payment models: the top five financial opportunities for payers; healthcare experts weigh in on the five new CMS Primary Care payment models; why some healthcare executives are calling for Stark Law reform; and what payment looks like in social determinants of health programs.

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Weekly News Roundup: May 24, 2019

With the right evidence, analytics, and methods, providers and improvement teams can transform healthcare, improving the quality of patient care and the bottom line. This week's news roundup focuses on healthcare quality improvement projects: top examples, battling prolonged lengths of stay with data, closing care gaps with technology, and streamlining data for health plan quality reporting.

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Weekly News Roundup: May 17, 2019

This week's news roundup is all about ACOs: the past, present, and future of ACOs and CINs; why some provider groups want to make the next generation of ACOs permanent; the reason some ACOs stay in the MSSP; and why half of ACOs are likely to exit MSSP due to new downside risk requirements.

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Weekly News Roundup: May 10, 2019

This week’s news roundup focuses on improvement opportunities and digital solutions for payers: how healthcare analytics is helping payers thrive with increased financial risk; trends in healthcare payments; how health insurers and pharmacy benefit managers are falling short when it comes to medication access for autoimmune diseases; why communication is key for out-of-pocket patient costs; and more.

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Weekly News Roundup: May 3, 2019

Patient safety is always an important and timely topic. In this week's news roundup: a CMS proposed rule to strengthen oversight of accrediting organizations; using event reporting and predictive analytics to make patients safer; EHRs as the cause of treatment delays and safety and communication issues between patients and providers; and, using data to improve quality and patient safety.

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Weekly News Roundup: April 26, 2019

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently released a proposed rule to implement provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act and proivdes for a public comment period that ends June 3. This week's news roundup focuses on the the ONC's proposed rule: information blocking practices defined and explained, industry concerns about the proposed interoperability rules, and the push for use of open APIs.

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