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HIMSS15: Population health management is this year's biggest buzzword

My favorite aspects of the annual Health Information and Management System Society's annual conference, in no particular order, include reconnecting with friends and colleagues, hearing health...

Patient, consumer engagement only begins road to empowerment

Most everyone with even a passing interest in healthcare information technology is headed to Chicago this week for the Health Information and Management Systems Society's HIMSS15 conference....

It's Opening Day, but deal-making payers already in midseason form

It's Opening Day, which means baseball fans everywhere are smiling--even, for once, on the north side of Chicago, even if they don't have bleachers to sit in. For a few days, all fans exude...

To fix healthcare, remember the 80/20 rule

Spend enough time in the business world and you're bound to come across the 80/20 rule, which states that 80 percent of an effect comes from 20 percent of a cause. A small group of customers...

CO-OPs still searching for their Holy Grail

Several minutes into "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," two men wander through a medieval village. "Bring out your dead," they shout as they pull a cart of plague-stricken...

With Next Generation ACO model, accountable care meets value-based care

To anyone unacquainted with the inner workings of healthcare, the term "accountable care" may seem loaded. Most industries readily embrace accountability. Look around your home or office...

After King v. Burwell arguments, failing to plan is planning to fail

Healthcare, at its essence, is a waiting game. We wait for the doctor to see us. We wait for test results. We wait for the bill. We wait to find out if insurance covered it. We wait for a reimbursement check, more test results or another bill. We wait for our next appointment. Now we wait for a King v. Burwell verdict.

Lessons in claims processing from Pawnee's finest

Last week marked the end of Parks and Recreation, the only scripted show on television I genuinely enjoyed. (I don't like dramas, as real life is dramatic enough, and I have a very particular...

Let's bring behavioral, mental health into the mainstream

Most of last week's headlines focused on the Affordable Care Act--and rightfully so. But two smaller stories about behavioral and mental health will hopefully make big news in due time.

Value-based healthcare can't come soon enough

My recent column explaining why the healthcare industry can't wait to innovate included a quick list of buzzwords often associated with transforming healthcare. Given the gift of hindsight, I...