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Athenahealth, Allscripts websites affected by internet outage

By Shelby Livingston  |  October 22, 2016

The websites of EHR software providers Athenahealth and Allscripts Healthcare Solutions were down for some parts of the country Friday after hackers launched an attack against the servers of Dyn, a major Domain Name System host.

Editorial: Lower the volume on quality reporting

Editorial: Lower the volume on quality reporting

By Merrill Goozner  |  October 15, 2016

What you don't measure, you can't improve. But if you measure everything, you are at risk of sending false signals about what's important and what's not.

Survey dissatisfaction

Survey dissatisfaction

By Howard Wolinsky  |  September 03, 2016

While a growing number of health systems say posting patient satisfaction ratings has improved physician-patient relations, the CMS' proposed new pay rules under MACRA would allow most doctors to minimize the role those surveys play in determining their rewards or penalties.

MGMA survey shows doc IT costs up 42% since 2009

By Joseph Conn  |  August 10, 2016

The cost of health information technology for the nation's office-based physician practices is rising just as a huge pot of federal funds to offset those costs is running dry.

Apps for Rx sticker shock

Apps for Rx sticker shock

By Adam Rubenfire  |  July 30, 2016

A number of insurers, pharmacy benefit managers and technology companies are developing smartphone and computer apps to provide accurate drug-pricing information for patients and physicians.

Competition for new docs pushing pay higher

Competition for new docs pushing pay higher

By Joseph Conn  |  July 16, 2016

With a median annual compensation of $555,000, orthopedic surgeons topped the highest-paid list this year among the 23 medical specialties in Modern Healthcare's 23rd annual Physician Compensation Survey.

Physicians seek employed status to weather payment risks

Physicians seek employed status to weather payment risks

By Dave Barkholz  |  July 09, 2016

Dr. Theodore Strange and his 60 physician colleagues at the University Physicians Group in New York City will soon be hospital-employed again. Across the country, physician groups are going through the same deliberate exercises that led Strange and partners to cast their lot with a bigger system.

How Medicare's new payment overhaul tries to change how docs use tech

By Adam Rubenfire  |  April 30, 2016

Medicare's new system for paying physicians will kill off the so-called “meaningful use” regime the government has used for the past five years to judge whether providers deserved to be rewarded for using electronic health records.

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