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 Building protocols into EHRs can help cut wasteful care

Building protocols into EHRs can help cut wasteful care

By Melanie Evans  |  July 04, 2015

MRIs, CT scans and X-rays for low back pain patients dropped by half last year at the UPMC health system in Pittsburgh after doctors started seeing reminders in the electronic health record that such tests can be unnecessary, a move inspired in part by the Choosing Wisely campaign.

Health IT a key challenge for provider-owned plans

By Joseph Conn  |  June 27, 2015

There's a boomlet underway in health information technology buying, triggered by provider organizations considering or launching their own Medicare Advantage or commercial health plans.

Arcadia Healthcare Solutions to acquire Sage Technologies

By Adam Rubenfire  |  June 24, 2015

Arcadia Healthcare Solutions, a provider of software that analyzes and aggregates electronic health-record data, has acquired Sage Technologies, which makes management and analytics software for managed-care businesses and accountable care organizations.

Keep meaningful-use requirements, IT experts tell Senate panel

By Joseph Conn  |  June 16, 2015

Three health IT experts told members of a Senate committee Tuesday to stay the course on the federal electronic health-record incentive payment program and its increasingly tough meaningful-use requirements, arguing that the program's benefits outweigh its problems.

Senate panel revisits EHR problems

Senate panel revisits EHR problems

By Joseph Conn  |  June 13, 2015

A Senate panel Tuesday will hold its second hearing in six days on problems with the federal initiative to expand the use of electronic health records.

IT labor crunch slows hospital data initiatives

IT labor crunch slows hospital data initiatives

By Melanie Evans  |  June 13, 2015

Healthcare has lagged other industries in investment and innovation in information technology. Now, scrambling to catch up, hospitals and health systems are facing a tight supply of skilled IT managers and executives that is holding them back.

Simplify doc payment system, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 06, 2015

Regarding the recent feature “Physician quality pay not paying off”, several reviews have shown no improvement in population health measures or cost savings from pay-for-performance or pay-for-quality.

Competition is rising, and that's not a bad thing

Competition is rising, and that's not a bad thing

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 30, 2015

Bernard Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, discusses value-based reimbursement, the importance of comprehensive EHRs with information-technology interoperability and challenges from insurance expansion under the Affordable Care Act. He spoke with Modern Healthcare Editor Merrill Goozner

Kaiser CEO says competition is rising, and that's not a bad thing

Kaiser CEO says competition is rising, and that's not a bad thing

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 30, 2015

Bernard Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, discusses value-based reimbursement, the importance of comprehensive EHRs with information-technology interoperability and challenges from insurance expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

Healthcare computer experts tackle EHR shortcomings

By Joseph Conn  |  May 29, 2015

A prominent association of healthcare computer experts has a new set of recommendations to address challenges clinicians face as they're expected to do more with electronic health-record systems.

CVS 'confident' it will replace revenue lost from tobacco sales

CVS 'confident' it will replace revenue lost from tobacco sales

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 16, 2015

Dr. Troyen Brennan is executive vice president and chief medical officer at CVS Health Corp. Modern Healthcare recently talked with Brennan about CVS' decision to drop the sale of tobacco products at its stores, the growing role of retail clinics and the chain's mission to help patients manage...

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