Few Organizations Have Infrastructure in Place to Handle Big Data
Although many providers are looking to implement cloud, big data, social, and mobile technologies within the next 2 years, if they haven't done so already, few healthcare organizations feel their infrastructures are prepared for this evolution of electronic medical records, according to a new study.
Are EHRs to Blame in the Dallas Ebola Case?
That is the question that a Times commentary, penned by a physician, asks. With the enormous amount of data being collected and entered into EHRs, the human brain (in this case the physician brain) is probably tuning out information that would probably stay if there was a conversation with the patient instead.
CMS Star Ratings’ Quality Bonus Payments Can Mean Survival for Health Plans
The quality bonus payments tied to CMS’ star ratings makes it critical that health plans receive a 4 or better, Jonathan Harding, MD, chief medical officer of the Senior Products Division at Tufts Health Plan, said at the America’s Health Insurance Plan’s National Conferences on Medicare and Medicaid, and Dual Eligibles Summit in Washington, DC, from September 28 to October 2.
Reference Pricing Programs Yield Only Modest Savings
Reference pricing programs can steer patients to lower-price, adequate quality providers, but potential savings to health plans and purchasers are actually modest, according to a study from the National Institute for Health Care Reform.
Insurers Lose $73M in Kansas in 6 Months Thanks to Medicaid
Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act has been an overall success for insurers in most states that have implemented it; however, the story is different in Kansas, which switched its entire Medicaid program to a private model.
Preparing for 10 Trends That Will Impact Managed Care Pharmacy
There are 10 emerging healthcare trends that will impact managed care pharmacy organizations over the next 5 years as the United States healthcare system places more emphasis on affordability, population health, and patient satisfaction and quality of care, according to a new report from the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy.
Price Tags On Healthcare? Only In Massachusetts
Without much fanfare, Massachusetts launched a new era of healthcare shopping last week. Anyone with private health insurance in the state can now go to his or her health insurer’s website and find the price of everything from an office visit to an MRI to a Cesarean section. For the first time, healthcare prices are public.
Financial Results Reveal Why ACOs Left Pioneer Program
CMS released financial results from the first 2 years of the Pioneer ACO program. The program is down to 19 accountable care organizations from the original 32 that started the program, and the financial results reveal why those that dropped out did so.