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3 ways digital tools can transform payer business practices

Combining digital technologies with better business processes can "fundamentally transform" payer organizations, according to a report from McKinsey & Company.

Financially struggling hospitals regret EHR replacements

If there was one expenditure executives at hospitals with shaky bottom lines regret making, it was the replacement of their electronic health records (EHR) system. That's the conclusion of Black Book Market Research, which surveyed more than 3,300 hospital executives and IT employees who worked for organizations that took the plunge on a new EHR system.

Changes to proposed MACRA rule offer little relief for small practices

Adjustments to the proposed rule for value-based payment models encompassed by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act have not done enough to even the playing field for smaller practices, according to an article in  Medscape.

The EHR: Uniting physicians and patients in common frustration

"The third person in the exam room," is how one former practicing physician describes the electronic health record (EHR)--one that gets in the middle of the doctor-patient relationship....

BCBS of Michigan embraces electronic prior authorization

A project at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan offers valuable lessons for the healthcare industry's transition to electronic prior authorization according to a  Managed Healthcare Executive  article.  

Convenient care drives new healthcare partnerships

The rise of "convenient care" within the hospital sector is driving a wave of partnerships, including joint ventures, non-exclusive arrangements and telehealth alliances, according to a post at the  NEJM   Catalyst  blog.

Anthem taps Wisconsin health system for new payer-provider venture

Anthem is joining forces with major Wisconsin health system Aurora Health Care to create a health insurance company that seeks to drive down costs by steering patients to a select group of providers.  

Why insurance companies should subsidize Apple Watches

Despite many pundits saying the Apple Watch is a total flop, the wearable technology may play a vital role in the ability for payers to make its members active roleplayers in their own healthcare costs, according to an article from the  Motley Fool.  

Population health and high-risk patients: Big data just one part of care coordination equation

Although big data analytics can help providers target high-risk patients for population health interventions, current models may miss other factors that play a role in selecting patients for the programs, according to a blog post published by  Health Affairs.

ONC report examines feasibility of CEHRT comparison tools

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT recommends not one, but four different ways to assist providers in comparing and selecting certified electronic health record technology, in a newly published report to Congress on the feasibility of such mechanisms.