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CMS releases preliminary CJR program results: 7 things to know

CMS recently released preliminary results for the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement program, which show hospitals earned $37.6 million in reconciliation payments for the program's initial performance year. Read More

by Ensocare in Healthcare Reform, Bundled Payments

Epic CEO Judy Faulkner is standing behind switch from EHRs to 'CHRs'

You’ve probably heard that Epic Systems CEO Judy Faulkner wants to drop the E from electronic health records and replace it with a C. Read More

by Ensocare in EHRs, Interoperability

Accountable Care Learning Collaborative Issues New Public Tool to Accelerate Provider Readiness

Ensocare's Strategic Healthcare Analyst Justine Olsen was a key contributor to the Accountable Care Atlas, the ACLC's latest resource to help the provider community identify and prioritize the care delivery competencies necessary for success under risk-based payment. Read the press release: Read More

by Ensocare in Value-Based Care, ACO

Care Transitions Know-How Not Just for Clinicians

The relationship between transitions of care and medical errors is so clear, that leadership teams should be aware of what's required to protect patient safety. Read More

by Ensocare in Care Coordination, Care Transitions

2,573 hospitals will face readmission penalties this year. Is yours one of them?

Medicare under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) will reduce reimbursement for 2,573 hospitals for fiscal year (FY) 2018, according CMS data released Wednesday, Jordan Rau reports for Kaiser Health News. Read More

by Ensocare in Affordable Care Act, Medicare Readmission Penalties

Epic Announces Capability to Let Patients Share Their Records

Patients whose records are accessible through the portal offered through Epic electronic health records systems will be able to authorize any clinician to have a glimpse into their records, no matter what EHR system they’re using. Read More

by Ensocare in EHRs, Interoperability

Study: Preferred Skilled Nursing Facility Networks Can Lead to Greater Readmission Rate Reductions

Hospitals referring patients to a preferred network of skilled nursing facilities reduced readmissions for those patients by a greater rate than hospitals that offered a wider list for patients to choose from, according to a new study. Read More

by Ensocare in Reducing Readmissions, Narrow Networks

3 mandatory bundles will likely be canceled, a 4th scaled back: What you need to know

On Tuesday afternoon (August 15) CMS issued a proposed rule that would cancel three mandatory bundled payment programs, significantly roll back a fourth, and cancel a cardiac rehabilitation incentive payment mode. Three Advisory Board experts share their takeways. Read More

by Ensocare in Affordable Care Act, Value-based payment models

4 Key Health Drivers That Will Influence IT Strategy

HealthData Management's Bill Fox details four key drivers that can be viewed as opportunities to sculpt a long-term IT investment strategy. Read More

by Ensocare in Healthcare IT

CMS Finalizes 90-day Reporting for Meaningful Use

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has cemented a 90-day reporting period for attesting to meaningful use of electronic health records, part of a variety of flexibilities for hospitals and physicians in a final rule published Wednesday. Read More

by Ensocare in Healthcare Reform