Client News Coverage

Reference Data Management: The Cornerstone of Reliable Analytics

Posted in Client News Coverage on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

There is a lot of discussion about “clean” data today in healthcare. Recent movements with health IT, interoperability and data exchange hold great promise in fueling the high-level analytics needed to drive performance improvement. Yet, healthcare organizations, by and large, struggle in their quest to deploy infrastructures that support complete, accurate capture of data and ongoing management of those assets.

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HIMSS17: How Tech Tools Can Aim For Better Patient Experience

Posted in Client News Coverage on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

Another HIMSS has come and gone and while the industry decompresses in its wake, it’s important to reflect on the themes and takeaways for the conference.

For one, the theme of the conference has changed over the years. “I think four or five years ago, you’d walk around HIMSS and everything would be about population health and population health became the label for how organizations should be thinking about the industry. I think there’s been a subtle or not-so-subtle change…to value-based care,” Mike Boswood, President and CEO, Truven Health Analytics, IBM Watson, told Healthcare Dive during the conference.

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Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs: Overcoming 5 Barriers To High Performance

Posted in Client News Coverage on Monday, January 30, 2017.

Hospitals and health systems increasingly recognize the importance of antimicrobial stewardship. Concerns over the growth of antibiotic-resistant organisms are prompting unprecedented action on the national and international stage.

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Advancing Payment Reform with Effective State Health Information Exchange

Posted in Client News Coverage on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

Throughout the healthcare system, payers are shifting away from payment models that incentivize volume of services to models that incentivize quality, outcomes, and savings. Efforts to transform healthcare through value-based payment reform can be seen in state Medicaid managed care contracts that incentivize outcomes, delivery system reform efforts under Medicaid demonstration projects, State Innovation Model (SIM) efforts that seek to implement reforms across public and commercial markets, and Medicare’s new quality payment program established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

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Antimicrobial Stewardship: Evolving Mandates, Growing Opportunities

Posted in Client News Coverage on Thursday, November 10, 2016.

Antimicrobial stewardship is receiving unprecedented national and international focus. Healthcare organizations that have not implemented impactful, sustainable initiatives to combat drug-resistant infections will soon have to bolster efforts as numerous U.S. regulatory initiatives converge to prioritize improvement.

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Why Curing Patient Matching Issues Won’t Be Easy

Posted in Client News Coverage on Friday, September 30, 2016.

Unless you’re off the grid, your email box is full of newsletters and news stories focused on the patient matching conundrum. Trying to solve our country’s patient identification woes has many highly respected healthcare experts talking about this billion-dollar problem—some even going so far as to put their money where their mouth is.

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Patient Matching Peril: Why Unique Patient Identifiers are a Unique Problem for Hospitals

Posted in Client News Coverage on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

In 2016, it's not uncommon for individuals to juggle dozens of social media accounts and provide information ranging from email to home address and phone number with many transactions — some even unlock their smartphones with thumbprints. In a climate where individuals so readily link themselves to digital identities in so many ways, it's surprising that hospitals still have a such a difficult time properly identifying patients and matching them to medical records.

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Investing in Medicaid IT

Posted in Client News Coverage on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

As the nation’s largest public insurance program, Medicaid provides health insurance to 1 out of every 5 Americans. The program supports individuals from birth to end-of-life, paying for approximately 45 percent of births nationwide and more than 50 percent of long-term care services and support, including nursing home care and home and community based services.

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What makes Medicaid important?

Posted in Client News Coverage on Friday, September 09, 2016.

The U.S. healthcare system is undergoing a rapid transformation, the goal of which is to maximize value of the dollars spent on providing higher quality care with better outcomes to improve overall population health. While the trends associated with this transformation impact all payers and providers, it is Medicaid – the nation’s largest source of public health coverage – that is often taking the lead.

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A Weightier ICD-10 — Is the Industry Ready for the First Round of Updates?

Posted in Client News Coverage on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

The all-important transition to ICD-10 has come and gone, and early indicators suggest that the industry crossed the finish line satisfactorily. Years of preparation and planning appear to be paying off as health care organizations absorb the mammoth code set—with five times as many codes as its predecessor—into their clinical and financial systems.

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Healthcare’s Growing Analytics Conundrum

Posted in Client News Coverage on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

Data analytics plays a critical role in today’s quality- and value-based healthcare environment. Yet hospitals and health systems struggle with designing systems to capture information in a way that is complete and accurate. As a result, many are calling into question the integrity of their data and its usefulness as a tool for achieving desired outcomes.

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A Primer on Medicaid/CHIP Managed Care Reform

Posted in Client News Coverage on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

On May 6, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final regulation in the Federal Register concerning managed care in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  The first overhaul of Medicaid and CHIP managed care regulations in more than a decade, the rule “updates how Medicaid works for the nearly two-thirds of beneficiaries who get coverage through private managed care plans,” wrote CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt and Vikki Wachino, CMS Deputy Administrator and Director for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, in a CMS blog post.

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Industry Offers Mixed Reactions to the Medicaid 'Uber Rule'

Posted in Client News Coverage on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

On April 25, CMS released its final rule on regulatory changes to Medicaid managed care programs and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The new regulations will be implemented in phases, beginning on July 1, 2017.

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Editorial: Better Oversight for Medicaid; A Questionable Start on Doc Pay

Posted in Client News Coverage on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

It was a field day last week for health wonks in Washington. The CMS issued two major rules—one final, one proposed—that will shape how nearly half the nation's healthcare tab gets spent over the next decade.

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New CMS Rule Could Significantly Impact Medicaid Managed Care

Posted in Client News Coverage on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

For state Medicaid and CHIP programs, successful implementation of the new rule is dependent on their ability to collect, store, analyze, and report on operational, financial, and program data from managed care plans.

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