Tag Archives: EHRs

Building The Value-Based Health Care System Of The Future Depends On Meeting Clinicians’ Data Needs

As we prepare to transition from this administration, we’d like to take stock of what our nation has accomplished and to lay out a potential roadmap for the next administration.

January 17, 2017

MACRA Final Rule: CMS Strikes A Balance; Will Docs Hang On?

The central theme of the MACRA Final Rule is its softening of key parameters in an effort to allay provider concerns, rally participation, and avoid adverse consequences out of the gate. The complexity and Icarian vision of MACRA abides, but CMS is all but ushering docs in with their bare hands.

October 17, 2016

MACRA Proposed Rule Creates More Problems Than It Solves

While HHS had the best intentions, the proposed rules are so abundant with flaws and weaknesses that it is very difficult to imagine how the program could ever be successfully implemented.

October 12, 2016

By The Numbers: Our Progress In Digitizing Health Care

The US has seen a historic health IT transformation, moving from a primarily paper-based health system to one where virtually everyone has a digital footprint of their care.

September 29, 2016

A Ransomware Epidemic And An Overdue National Health IT Safety Center

A rapid increase in computerization of health care organizations around the world has raised their profile as lucrative targets for cyber-criminals. These large scale, malicious events compromise the safety of patient data and remind us of the need for a National Health IT Safety Center.

July 29, 2016

A Creative Plan That Could Help Providers Ineligible For Meaningful Use Not Get Left Behind In The Paper World

Meaningful use programs have been credited with increasing adoption of EHRs, however many stakeholders are not eligible for meaningful use incentives. When care transitions involve a patchwork of paper and electronic systems, a myriad of errors emerges, and the result is substantially less than...

May 25, 2016

Breaking Down The MACRA Proposed Rule

The mother ship has landed. On Wednesday, April 27, CMS released the highly-anticipated proposed rule that would establish key parameters for the new Quality Payment Program. This post briefly outlines the key elements of the proposed rule.

April 29, 2016

What Does A New Era Of Physician Accountability Mean For Patients?

Since roughly the year 2000, consensus has grown that no gains can be made in tackling our health care system's problems without changing the drivers of physician behavior. Quality measurement, financial incentives, and competition are three of the avenues MACRA employs to incentivize physicians.

April 26, 2016

Make The Clinician Burnout Epidemic A National Priority

The risk of burnout among physicians (and other health care professionals) represents a significant threat to system-wide achievement of Triple Aim goals.

April 21, 2016

Building Health Care Systems In Post-Earthquake, Post-Constitution Nepal

Today, challenges abound in Nepal -- recovery from the worst natural disaster in 80 years, a border conflict with India, and entrenched poverty. But a new Constitution offers exciting avenues for creating accountable care systems that meet the Triple Aim of patient-centered care, population...

April 14, 2016