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Medical Groups Pledge Support of House ACO “Rural Glitch” Bill

In a letter sent to Congress, 13 leading healthcare organizations, including the National Association of ACOs, expressed their strong support for a recently reintroduced bill that fixes a flaw in the way financial targets, or benchmarks, are set for Medicare accountable care organizations.


What’s Happening at the ONC – 06-21-21

Supporting the adoption of health IT and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care, here is what is happening at the ONC, including launching the PHIT Workforce Development Program, new data brief on EHRs and Patient Access, and helping the ONC define Health Interoperability Outcome for the next decade.



Can a Subscription Model Fix Primary Care in the US?

By Bernard J. Wolfson – In April, San Francisco-based primary care company One Medical revealed an eye-popping compensation package for its chief executive and chairman, Amir Dan Rubin. His $199 million payday, particularly noteworthy at a company that has yet to turn a profit, made Rubin the second-highest-paid CEO in the United States last year — but only on paper.


Health IT Innovation

Don’t Wait: Electronic Prior Authorization Can Relieve Burden Today

By Richard Cohan – Since the 1960s, medical prior authorizations have established a system of checks and balances that help control the costs of medication, services, and procedures. While much has changed since those days, many challenges—such as cumbersome manual processes for payers and providers and delays in care for patients—have remained the same.

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What’s Happening at the ONC – 06-21-21

Supporting the adoption of health IT and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care, here is what is happening at the ONC, including launching the PHIT Workforce Development Program, new data brief on EHRs and Patient Access, and helping the ONC define Health Interoperability Outcome for the next decade.

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HealthcareNOW Radio

AMDIS 2021 Update

By Dr. Nick Van Terheyden – This year’s AMDIS Physician Computer Connection conference is one of the first in-person conferences to take place since everything shut down for the Pandemic. Aside from the sheer pleasure of being able to meet people in person the conference was crammed full of great learning opportunities.

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Digital Health & Telemedicine

AMA: Equity Must Be Baked Into Expansion of Telehealth

The American Medical Association approved policy intended to help close the digital divide in access to telehealth services. The new policy will help ensure that minority communities, individuals residing in underserved rural and urban areas, older adults, and individuals with disabilities can reap the benefits and promise of telehealth.

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Analytics & Population Health

Studies, Surveys and Reports: What Can We Learn?

Our monthly roundup of surveys and reports from around the industry. Studies and surveys are still focusing on the impact of the pandemic one year later. The delivery of care, virtual and hybrid care, outpatient visits, and the Lown Hospital Index all make it in our list this month.

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Health IT Security Privacy and Compliance

Modernizing HIPAA for the Current, Patient-Centered World

By Kristen Ballantine – The date is August 21, 1996. The Macarena is at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. The medical drama ER, in its second year running, is the number one rated television show in the U.S. Bill Clinton has nearly secured a second term in the White House. One of the most influential pieces of U.S. healthcare legislation is signed into law.

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