New Version Of Clinical Decision Support Released

New Version of Clinical Decision Support Released

  • April 11, 2017

McKnight's covered the launch of InterQual 2017, the latest version of the evidence-based clinical decision support solution. McKnight's reports this new release includes more than 120 new criteria and enhancements that help enable faster, safer, and better clinical decisions at the point of care. Read the Article  

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The Perfect Pairing: Patient Access And Analytics

The perfect pairing: Patient access and analytics

  • March 28, 2017

While more providers are taking advantage of technology to improve front-end revenue cycle processes, analytics lags behind. But when applied to patient access, analytics can help identify issues with registration and eligibility accuracy, and reduce downstream denials. A recent article in Multibriefs outlines the benefits of using analytics to improve patient-access processes in a value-based world. Read the Article

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Four Steps To Develop, Implement, And Operationalize A Bundled Payment Strategy

Four Steps to Develop, Implement, and Operationalize a Bundled Payment Strategy

  • February 17, 2017

By Andrei Gonzales, M.D. In the continuing effort to increase quality and decrease costs, health plans and providers are shifting from volume-based care (fee for service) to a value-based reimbursement structure (fee for value). Value-based reimbursement promises benefits to patients, providers, and health plans, as it encourages delivery of high quality care at the lowest cost, largely by improving clinical and administrative efficiency.¹ This paradigm shift to value-based reimbursement creates increasingly complex reimbursement scenarios for health plans. According to a “Journey to Value” study Change Healthcare commissioned, an overwhelming 97% of health plans and 91% of hospitals are now deploying…

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Two New Federal Interoperability Rules: What You Need To Know

Two New Federal Interoperability Rules: What You Need to Know

  • January 12, 2017

By Lisa P. Conley, Esq. Payers and providers are increasingly vocal about their need for health information technology (HIT) systems to interoperate in a consistent and industry-wide manner. While the industry has made progress on this front, recent actions in Washington aim to accelerate the pace of progress while also demonstrating the government’s commitment to HIT interoperability. On October 14th, 2016, the federal government announced two final regulations that impact the ongoing transformation to “full interoperability” in healthcare. One regulation was the nearly 2,400-page final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on implementation of the Medicare…

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From Silos To Services For Value-Based Care

From Silos to Services for Value-Based Care

  • September 19, 2016

A bundled payment program built by hand 25 years ago is still delivering lessons for HIT today By Amy Larsson The evolution of healthcare IT systems seen by industry visionaries sounds great. Siloed clinical and insurance systems get connected and can work as one. Information-rich processes flow smoothly and securely over connected services that span care settings, providers, and payers. We gain leaps in efficiency, quality, and accuracy of care coordination, delivery, and payment systems. And as healthcare evolves in its journey to value, we snap clinical and payment services together like the related pieces of the healthcare puzzle that…

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The Interoperability Imperative

The Interoperability Imperative

  • September 19, 2016

How interoperability unlocks silos in enterprise applications and connects the business logic needed to support value-based reimbursement By Michael Wood Interoperability is about more than just moving data from one application to another. It’s about easily and seamlessly capitalizing on the business logic that is locked within separate—and often siloed—applications to create new capabilities that can solve business problems in a unique way. Today, interoperability must occur both within the four walls of a payer or provider’s IT infrastructure as well as within or between on-premise, off-premise, cloud, hybrid, and other hosting approaches in a manner that appears to be…

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Journey To Value: The State Of Value-Based Reimbursement

Journey to Value: The State of Value-Based Reimbursement

  • June 13, 2016

There's no turning back from value-based care and value-based reimbursement. Payers are 58% along the continuum to VBR, up from 48% in 2014. And Providers are now 50% down the road to value. That's according to a national study of 465 payers and hospitals conducted by ORC International and commissioned by Change Healthcare. Yet despite tremendous growth in capitation/global payments, pay for performance, and episode of care/bundled payments, many payers and providers still face obstacles in the transition to value-based care. See where healthcare stands in its journey to value and what it means for the industry in Journey to Value: The…

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How To Engage Providers Differently To Satisfy The New Healthcare Consumer

How to Engage Providers Differently to Satisfy the New Healthcare Consumer

  • December 21, 2015

Transforming provider relationships can be the key to engaging consumers By Dianne Wagner and Carolyn J. Wukitch U.S. health plans today operate in a world of rising expectations. They must work to contain increasing healthcare costs, while at the same time cater more to consumers. Members are the ultimate users of healthcare and health plans can no longer seek to solely satisfy the demands of employers. Health plans are redesigning their networks in search of value—finding the providers who deliver the best quality care, preventing health problems before they occur, and doing so efficiently and cost-effectively. In addition to the…

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The Top 10 Things Payers And Providers Can Do Today To Start Aligning With VBR Tomorrow

The Top 10 Things Payers and Providers Can Do Today to Start Aligning with VBR Tomorrow

  • March 11, 2015

CMS says VBR is now an imperative. What can you do to make the grade? By Carolyn J. Wukitch and Andrei Gonzales, M.D. The stakes have just been raised for payers and providers who are besieged by a rapidly changing market. In an announcement that reverberated throughout healthcare, HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell introduced an initiative to make alternative payment the standard for 50% of Medicare reimbursement by 2018. That’s the first time HHS established goals for alternative payment models for Medicare. HHS wants 30% of fee-for-service payments to be tied to quality or value through ACOs, bundled payment, or…

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How We Can Make Healthcare Payment And Delivery Reform Work

How We Can Make Healthcare Payment and Delivery Reform Work

  • January 9, 2015

Powerful incentives and inertia remain intact, limiting stakeholders’ willingness to experiment with the range of innovative reimbursement models that promise to make the effort and cost of reform worthwhile. The result: growing agreement that transition to a system that fosters experimentation with mixed reimbursement schemes is required to ease away from the existing FFS model and the entrenched processes and technologies that are already in place. It’s said that imminent execution concentrates the mind. It could also be said that the looming specter of draconian cuts to healthcare, and their financial impact on stakeholders, are driving innovation in payment and…

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