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The latest on health care technology and digital-enabled strategy

MIPS just grew by 194K providers. Here's what that means for potential incentives.

by Naomi Levinthal, Ye Hoffman, and Bethany Jones November 13, 2018

The Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program is about to get bigger. In the recent CMS 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule, the definition of eligible clinicians (ECs) for the Quality Payment Program (QPP) was expanded to include new provider types: physical therapists, occupational therapists, qualified speech-language pathologists, qualified audiologists, clinical psychologists, and registered dietitians or nutrition professionals. This, along with additional participation opportunities now available (i.e., an "opt-in" process to MIPS), means more providers can earn MIPS incentives or face penalties—to the tune of about 194,000 more ECs in 2019 compared with the previous year.

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What 84 health care CIOs told us about health IT in 2019

Naomi Levinthal , Andrew Rebhan , Allyson Vicars November 6, 2018

As IT's role in the organization continues to expand rapidly amidst care transformation, digital transformation, and innovation imperatives, unprecedented demand has been placed on IT leaders and their teams. We surveyed 84 CIOs and other IT leaders to get a sense of which strategic challenges they care about the most going into 2019, asking respondents to rate 25 topics from IT value realization to regulatory programs on a scale of "extremely interested" to "not interested."

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Is your health system's chief digital/innovation officer positioned for success?

Jim Adams, MBA October 23, 2018

In a recent Forbes article, Steve Andriole, a professor of business technology at Villanova School of Business, argues that the traditional Chief Information Officer (CIO)—who focused on managing the technology infrastructure and big applications for a single, centralized organization—is necessary but not sufficient for success in the 21st century. These Chief "Infrastructure" Officers, he argues, need to support Digital Business Officers (DBOs) focused on technology-driven business transformation. In contrast to CIOs who sit within the bunker of centralized IT, DBOs lead business-process disruption at the business unit level.

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6 ways providers are revolutionizing mental health care through new technology

Peter Kilbridge , Andrew Rebhan October 9, 2018

Mental health is an often-overlooked component of patient care. According to the World Health Organization, good mental health allows individuals to realize their own abilities, cope with normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and make contributions to their communities.

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How Aurora Health Care uses homegrown predictive analytics to reduce employee turnover

Greg Kuhnen September 25, 2018

To get ahead of costly staff turnover, leaders need to take a more proactive approach—ideally, predicting turnover before it happens.

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Executives rank Amazon as the most likely to disrupt health care—are they right?

by Naomi Levinthal and Sophie Ranen September 11, 2018

Regardless of actual moves by potential disruptors, the perception of disruption in health care is palpable among health care executives. A recent Reaction Data survey found that 59% of respondents see Amazon as the entrant that will have the largest impact on the market (for comparison, Apple was a distant second at 14%). High resource availability, market influence, name recognition, and the ability to distribute products were listed as some of the top factors that could make Amazon successful in the industry. (Although it's worth noting that executives in the survey said Apple, Google, and IBM were more closely associated with the topics, "technology" and "predictive analytics.") 

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The Meaningful Use overhaul has been finalized: What do we need to do and when?

Naomi Levinthal , Tony Panjamapirom, PhD August 28, 2018

The 2019 Promoting Interoperability (PI, formerly Meaningful Use, or MU) requirements have been set in stone in the 2019 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule. IT leaders must now determine how best to implement and optimize the technology that their hospitals need to comply with the PI requirements—including a new scoring methodology. There is now a required PI score of at least 50 points to successfully demonstrate PI and avoid future penalties (see our 2019 Medicare Hospital PI Penalty Estimator).

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Precision engagement in health care: How long just a vision?

by Jim Adams and Sophie Ranen August 14, 2018

While rare in health care, precision engagement is the norm in many other industries—think Netflix recommendations, grocery store coupons, and Google Map's redesigned Explore feature. These companies excel at anticipating our needs and offering suggestions based on analysis of our past actions and patterns of behavior.

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