The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services continued its transparency initiative as 2015 ended, releasing files with data covering home health agency performance in 2013. Who will use it, and will it provide value to the industry?
While population health management initiatives are becoming more popular, many healthcare organizations are undertaking these efforts on their own without a population health vendor-provided IT solution, according to HIMSS Analytics.
The American Medical Association is charging that performance data and new quality measures posted by CMS that rate the nations physicians are incomplete, potentially inaccurate, and likely to misinform patients.
As the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services moves to value-based payment, providers will ultimately embrace health IT because they need it to provide quality care with better health outcomes, says CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt.
Stage 3 of the electronic health records Meaningful Use program will impede rather than aid physicians in moving toward value-based accountable care, the American Academy of Family Physicians recently told federal policymakers.
Healthcare information technology professionals are well paid and also report a high rate of job satisfaction, say results of a new IT industry survey. However, the survey shows a slight dip in the average reported salary.