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Changes to proposed MACRA rule offer little relief for small practices

Adjustments to the proposed rule for value-based payment models encompassed by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act have not done enough to even the playing field for smaller practices, according to an article in  Medscape.

The EHR: Uniting physicians and patients in common frustration

"The third person in the exam room," is how one former practicing physician describes the electronic health record (EHR)--one that gets in the middle of the doctor-patient relationship....

BCBS of Michigan embraces electronic prior authorization

A project at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan offers valuable lessons for the healthcare industry's transition to electronic prior authorization according to a  Managed Healthcare Executive  article.  

Convenient care drives new healthcare partnerships

The rise of "convenient care" within the hospital sector is driving a wave of partnerships, including joint ventures, non-exclusive arrangements and telehealth alliances, according to a post at the  NEJM   Catalyst  blog.

Anthem taps Wisconsin health system for new payer-provider venture

Anthem is joining forces with major Wisconsin health system Aurora Health Care to create a health insurance company that seeks to drive down costs by steering patients to a select group of providers.  

Why insurance companies should subsidize Apple Watches

Despite many pundits saying the Apple Watch is a total flop, the wearable technology may play a vital role in the ability for payers to make its members active roleplayers in their own healthcare costs, according to an article from the  Motley Fool.  

Population health and high-risk patients: Big data just one part of care coordination equation

Although big data analytics can help providers target high-risk patients for population health interventions, current models may miss other factors that play a role in selecting patients for the programs, according to a blog post published by  Health Affairs.

ONC report examines feasibility of CEHRT comparison tools

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT recommends not one, but four different ways to assist providers in comparing and selecting certified electronic health record technology, in a newly published report to Congress on the feasibility of such mechanisms.

Practice support: To outsource or hire in-house talent?

Does your practice have a game plan if your electronic health record system goes down? How about if your phone system stops working? To keep your practice running, you need to mobilize the right IT resources, reports  Physicians Practice.

VA wait time scandal: How agency resolved 56,000 cases of delayed care in one day

The Department of Veterans Affairs has resolved most of the 56,000 cases of patients who waited too long for care by shutting down operations for a day to focus on those cases, according to a case study published by the  NEJM Catalyst.