Author Archives: HITC Editor

In support of states’ efforts to accelerate new payment and service delivery reforms, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have launched the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) with the aim of improving health and healthcare for Medicaid beneficiaries.

The IAP will develop technical resources to support innovation through key functions:
»  Identify and advance new models
»  Data Analytics
»  Improved quality measurement
»  State-to-State learning, rapid-cycle improvement and federal evaluation

This new technical assistance program is set to jumpstart innovation by strengthening federal tools and resources, supporting states in advancing Medicaid-specific delivery system reform.
Learn more about the programs’ opportunities and strategic partnerships  here 
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MeHI The Massachusetts eHealth Institute a division of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech), commissioned a study to provide comprehensive information on use, needs and attitudes towards health IT among Massachusetts healthcare providers and consumers, and to identify key drivers for eHealth adoption. Aspects of the survey show that although Massachusetts is well underway in making healthcare data digital, more needs to be done to ensure all providers fully implement interoperable EHR systems that connect to the Mass HIway.

Some of the study findings for instance indicate that whilst 96 percent of primary care providers have adopted EHR technology and 30 percent are transmitting patient information electronically, only 5 percent of Behavioral Health and LTPAC organizations have adopted EHRs, evidencing the fact that deployment of EHR systems has been considerably slower among Behavioral Health and LTPAC providers such as skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).  The study looks to improvements being made and furthering progress in the state as communication between systems remains somewhat limited due to the many providers who are currently using EHRs not yet regularly sharing information digitally via HIEs on a practice-to-practice or practice-to-patient basis. Executive Summary, purpose and scope, highlights, implications, next steps and more… The 2014 MeHI Provider and Consumer Health IT Research Study can be downloaded here

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Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology this week announced the new working group structure for ONC’s Health IT Policy Committee. As from this week there will be six working groups with the Health IT Strategy and Information group slated as prominent for 2014 as the ONC continues development on it’s federal strategic planning and priorities.
View more information on ONC’s 6 new working groups here 
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The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange website is set to launch in November 2014 allowing consumers within the state online access to buy health coverage during the open enrollment period.
State Secretary of Information Technology Isabel FitzGerald, announced this week that the launch remains on schedule and that all coding issues which arose previously with the Connecticut online Insurance Marketplace, AccessHealth CT will be corrected in the Maryland version, before the ‘go live’ date for open enrollment in the Fall of this year. 
The Connecticut Technology although free to onboard, will cost Maryland $43 million to develop for the state. Learn more about the state technology initiatives, modifications and fall 2014 enrollment efforts here
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As of July 15th a new law has taken effect in the state of Kentucky allowing advanced practice registered nurses to prescribe independently, after prescribing under physician supervision over a period of four years.

Gov. Steve Beshear, commended the law’s ability to expand patient access to antibiotics and for drugs to treat diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension. A study released the same day also touts the benefits of having nurses manage care for patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Learn more about the new legislation and the Veterans Affairs Department-funded study here


Via ModernHealthcare

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A significant grant has been awarded by Pilot Health Tech NYC which will enable The Accountable Care Coalition of Greater New York (ACCGNY )and AllazoHealth target patient health improvements via a combination of medication adherence interventions. “This proactive and individualized intervention program is expected to increase medication adherence and reduce hospitalizations and readmissions,” said Marco Damiani, Chairman, Accountable Care Coalition of  Greater New York.

Learn more about the impact, grant, pilot program and ground breaking partnership here

Via Yahoo Finance

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Accountable Care and related collaborative announcements made to date in 2014, January thru July include the following participants; Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna, WESTMED Medical Group, NYUPN, Premier Patient Health Care, Mercy Health and many more. All collaborations denote a strong focus on ACO arrangements, personalized health teams, care coordinators, task forces, cutting costs, health plans, benefits plans, meeting quality and efficiency measures, to effectively coordinate care for patients with the goal of significantly improving their health outcomes.

For a comprehensive  overview of all seventy collaborative agreements learn more  here

Via Becker’s Hospital Review

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July 8th, the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) Meeting held at the Washington Plaza Hotel on Tuesday, the Accountable Care Work Group presented draft recommendations to the committee. The formal charge of the Accountable Care Work group is to Provide a set of recommendations to the HITPC regarding how ONC and HHS can advance priority health IT capabilities in a variety of accountable care arrangements to support improvements in care and health while reducing costs.

Work group members aligned key messages, draft, final and actionable recommendations in 4 key areas (below) along with strategy statements and open discussion.

(i) Exchanging Information across the Healthcare Community
(ii) Data Portability for Accountable Care
(iii) Clinical Use of Data and Information to Improve Care
(iv) Leverage Existing Sources of Information to Support Data Infrastructure for Value Based Programs

Download slides and access audio from the HIT Policy Committee Meeting here>>
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Public safety-net health system Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), has clearly defined four major strategies in it’s endeavor to fulfill both it’s mission and examine it’s delivery system transformation.

  1. Establishing patient-centered medical homes,
  2. Entering alternative payment arrangements with managed care organizations,
  3. Launching complex care management,
  4. Establishing a partnership with a tertiary care institution

The case study in further detail, learn more here


Via The Commonwealth Fund

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A Catholic IDS with physician practices, hospitals, SNF, and home care embarked upon a clinical transformation strategy to provide an extraordinary individual experience of care across the continuum. The key elements were paired clinical and financial executives and an integrated EHR. The results include all time high operating margin, engagement and quality. External validation of the work, include HIMSS stage 7, NCQA patient-centered medical homes, and now a CMS MSSP effort serving 61,000. The conversation will describe the key elements and lessons learned on the journey to the ACO.



Session presentation: Marlon Priest, EVP, CMO and Market Lead Senior Services, Bons Secours Health System | View HD Video & download PPT here 

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