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How Payers Can Improve HEDIS Quality Measure Performance

HEDIS quality measures have a significant role in the healthcare industry regarding closing gaps in care and decreasing the use of costly acute care through preventive services. By placing a greater focus on value-based care and quality improvement across healthcare organizations, HEDIS quality measures hold a critical place in helping providers achieve these goals. Health insurance companies...


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Key Steps for Payer Success in Accountable Care Organizations

In recent years, healthcare reforms have set out to reduce constantly rising medical costs, improve coverage for the many Americans who lacked primary care access, and advance population health outcomes. Over the past few years, the accountable...

The Progress and Challenges of the Affordable Care Act

Before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law on March 23, 2010, the healthcare industry faced a number of obstacles particularly in terms of providing medical care and health insurance to many low-income families and...

How Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP Guide the Health Payer Industry

Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP, the three major public insurance programs overseen by CMS, often set the tone for the large private health payer industry.  CMS is using all three programs to actively encourage the movement towards value-based...

How Health Insurance Mergers Could Change the Payer Industry

During the summer of 2015, Aetna and Humana, as well as Anthem and Cigna, started a merger process that would reduce four of the nation’s largest insurers down to just two. If the mergers are successful, only three payers would dominate...

How Payers Could Succeed in ACA Health Insurance Exchanges

State and federal health insurance exchanges stemming from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) offer medical coverage for families and individuals that would have otherwise had little opportunity to obtain a health plan and healthcare...

How Payers Should Prepare for Value-Based Reimbursement

Value-based reimbursement is a new payment strategy between insurers and providers meant to foster higher quality care by incentivizing strong performance with shared savings, bonuses, or other financial rewards. This diverges from the more traditional...

How to Overcome the Challenges of Bundled Payment Models

Bundled payment models are a form of reimbursement between payers and providers that adheres to an episode of care instead of payment for a particular medical service. This reimbursement system was created to transition healthcare providers from...

How the Affordable Care Act Changed the Face of Health Insurance

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has revolutionized the health insurance industry in a number of ways. Its impacts have been vast and wide. One of the most significant impacts of the landmark legislation is the upward trajectory...

What Are the Benefits of Accountable Care Organizations?

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are provider and payer arrangements established to improve care coordination between primary care physicians, hospitals, specialists, and public or private health payers. The Centers for Medicare &...

Time, Commitment Required for ACO, Value-Based Care Success

In healthcare, as in so many other areas of life, patience is a virtue. Providers and payers pursuing ACO development will need to have plenty of it before their care transformation efforts pay off with significant cost savings. As providers...

How Do Patient Portals and Personal Health Records Differ?

PatientEngagementHIT Patient portals and personal health records (PHRs) have both received considerable praise for their role in increasing patient engagement. However, distinguishing between the two forms of health IT tools can often be difficult, due to nebulous...

Examining the Rocky Road to Telehealth Parity

mHealthIntelligence Telehealth advocates have long argued that online and digital healthcare should be treated the same as in-person healthcare. But the call for parity isn’t so simple. Parity in telehealth is approached on two levels: Service and payment....

Considerations for Deploying Healthcare Wireless Networks

HITInfrastructure Wireless networks are the lifeblood health IT infrastructure, but developing and deploying reliable WiFi to support present and future IT initiatives can be a challenge.   Clinicians and staff are becoming dependent on mobile and connected...

How FDA Medical Device Cybersecurity Guidance Affects Providers

HealthITSecurity With the continued push for interoperability and integration of EHRs into daily use, connected medical devices are quickly becoming more common tools for healthcare providers. However, similar to the way computer networks and systems can become...

Health Information Governance Strategies for Unstructured Data

HealthITAnalytics While electronic health records still have the potential to standardize care by enabling advanced analytics and informing clinical decision-making, much of the data held within these systems – and a large proportion of the data used in...

Exploring Two-Sided Financial Risk in Alternative Payment Models

RevCycleIntelligence As value-based care becomes the name of the game in healthcare, public and private payers are pushing providers to take on more financial accountability for their services through alternative payment models. In a fee-for-service world, providers...

21st Century Cures Act Rekindles Information Blocking Debate

HealthITAnalytics While primarily billed as a much-needed influx of funding for precision medicine, the 21st Century Cures Act is poised to do much more for healthcare than it appears on the surface. In addition to adjusting drug development rules for pharmaceutical...

Balancing Patient Portal Privacy and Access for Pediatric Care

PatientEngagementHIT Patient portals are an important regulatory requirement, with industry professionals touting their ability to better engage the patient and help all participating parties manage patient health. While pediatric and adult patients tend to use the...

State Data Breach Notification Laws Critical to Healthcare Orgs

HealthITSecurity The HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Data Breach Notification Rules require covered entities and business associates to take great care with how PHI is handled, stored, and transferred. Should patient data become compromised, healthcare organizations...

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