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The 100 Year Shift? Introduction and Overview

by Vince Kuraitis JD, MBA and Jaan Sidorov MD, MHSA, FACP Gazing at the horizon, we foresee the potential for a tectonic realignment among physicians, hospitals and payers. Here’s a quick visual representation: This essay is the first of a seven part series. In this first post we will capsulize our vision of this potential [...]

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Could Facebook Be Your Platform for Care Coordination?

My guess is you’ve probably never asked yourself this question. A quick preview: Technical barriers aren’t the limiting factors to Facebook becoming a care coordination platform. Facebook’s company DNA won’t play well in health care. Could Facebook become the care coordination platform of the future? If not Facebook, then what? 1) Technical barriers aren’t the [...]

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A One in a Hundred Whitepaper: “Better to Best” Transcends PCMH, Care Coordination, Access, HIT, and ACO Payment Reform

Let me try to get you in the right frame of mind to read one of the most remarkable white papers in a long time: Better to BEST: Value Driving Elements of the Patient Centered Medical Home and Accountable Care Organizations — released yesterday by the Commonwealth Fund, Dartmouth Institute, and PCPCC. Having been a [...]

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Is Economic Credentialing A Tool for Primary Care to Lead ACOs?

Is economic credentialing — the use of economic factors such as loyalty and utilization rates in the physician credentialing process — a potential tool for primary care physicians to lead ACOs?   and reestablish the vitality of primary care in American health care? Keith Wright and Gregory Drutchas’ incisive article Economic Credentialing: A Prescription To Secure Shared [...]

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Getting DIRECTly to the Point: The Role of the Direct Project in Fast-Tracking Health IT Interoperability

By Rich Elmore and Arien Malec. Rich Elmore is the Direct Project Communication Workgroup leader and Vice President, Strategic Initiatives at Allscripts.  Arien Malec is ONC’s Coordinator, Direct Project and Coordinator, S&I Framework. A patient’s health records are no longer confined to a doctor’s office, shelved inside a dusty file cabinet. With the advent of the [...]

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Updates on Proposed Stage 2 and 3 Meaningful Use Criteria

The Health IT Policy Committee has published proposed Stage 2 and 3 Meaningful Use Recommendations and they’re open for public comment until February 25. I’ll share a couple of particularly useful and well written analyses and commentaries by colleagues. Health IT guru and thought leader Dr. John Halamka writes about The Proposed Stage 2 and 3 [...]

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Will ACO IT Models Be Walled Gardens or Open Platforms?

Will ACO (accountable care organization) IT models be walled gardens or open platforms?  i.e., will ACO IT platforms focus on exchanging information within the provider network of the ACO, or will they also be able to exchange information with providers outside the ACO network? (If the question still isn’t clear, click here for a further explanation.). Tags: accountable care [...]

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HITPC Meaningful Use Workgroup Offers First Draft of HITECH Stage 2 & 3 Objectives

At the December 13 meeting of the HITPC (Health IT Policy Committee), the MU (Meaningful Use) Workgroup proposed a first draft of HITECH Stage 2 and 3 objectives. A full list of objectives for Stages 1, 2 & 3 is available in the PowerPoint presented to HITPC. The proposed objectives contain a mix of items [...]

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MGH Medicare Disease/Care Management Demo Shows Home Run Results!

Medicare has (finally) recently released a report showing home run results for a disease/care management demonstration project! Evaluation of Medicare Care Management for High Cost Beneficiaries (CMHCB) Demonstration: Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (MGH) Remind Me Again About the CMHCB Medicare Demo… The CMHCB started in 2005. My recollection is that the [...]

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