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VA Finalizes ‘Anywhere to Anywhere’ Telehealth Program For Vets

Icon Written by Alex on May 14, 2018 – 3:40 pm

The VA’s new telehealth program, posted in the Federal Register, enables VA practitioners to use connected care technology to treat veterans no matter where either the veteran or the doctor are located. The Department of Veterans Affairs has posted former Secretary David Shulkin’s ambitious connected care initiative in the Federal Register, finalizing a plan to improve […]



Ascension forges first-ever global supply chain company to reduce costs

Icon Written by Alex on May 3, 2018 – 12:50 pm

Ascension is partnering with a large Australia-based international hospital company to form what appears to be the first-ever global supply chain firm. A major goal of the joint venture between Ascension and Sydney-based Ramsay Health Care, announced Tuesday, is to reduce costs at Ascension’s 151 U.S. hospitals and hundreds of other not-for-profit facilities to the […]



Why does the U.S. spend so much more on healthcare? It’s the prices

Icon Written by Alex on April 9, 2018 – 7:50 am

Dr. John Cullen’s four-physician family medicine practice in Valdez, Alaska, employs three full-time staffers who work on insurance and patient billing. A fourth full-timer focuses on obtaining prior authorizations from nine private and public insurers. Even then, Cullen and his partners often must call and write letters to convince insurers to approve coverage or pay […]



Epic CEO Judy Faulkner reveals two new EHR versions are in development

Icon Written by Alex on March 12, 2018 – 5:54 pm

The new versions will provide pathways for providers who don’t need the full version of Epic. What a difference one year can make. In the world of Epic founder and CEO Judy Faulkner, where creating new technology meets with a delight for words, 2016 was a productive and rewarding year. How so? “We’re developing some […]



Healthcare organizations praise CMS’ overhaul of EHR incentive programs

Icon Written by Alex on March 9, 2018 – 10:13 am

LAS VEGAS — After CMS administrator Seema Verma announced plans to overhaul of the federal electronic health record incentive programs, healthcare organizations are wondering how those plans will unfold and whether they’ll meet the stated goal of boosting interoperability. Details on the changes have been few and far between. The Office of the National Coordinator […]



Atrium Health to merge with Navicent

Icon Written by Alex on February 11, 2018 – 9:38 am

Atrium Health, previously Carolinas HealthCare System, and Navicent Health signed a letter of intent to merge, the organizations announced Thursday. The merger of not-for-profits would give Atrium Health a regional presence in Georgia, opportunity to expand to other areas and bolster its service lines. Macon, Ga.-based Navicent, which would become part of Atrium, would gain access […]



2018 Outlook on Politics and Policy: Insurers will come out ahead

Icon Written by Alex on January 2, 2018 – 9:18 am

Despite a year of policy delays, glitches and uncertainty, insurers may be the ones to come out ahead of other segments of the industry in 2018. Uncertainty and policy confusion will no doubt continue this year since House and Senate Republicans are already on different pages when it comes to healthcare reform. Now that the […]



Loma Linda University Medical Center Gets HIMSS Stage 7 Designation

Icon Written by Alex on December 19, 2017 – 11:26 am

Loma Linda University (LLU) Medical Center and other patient care facilities linked to the health system have achieved Stage 7 designation on HIMSS Analytics’ inpatient Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM).



Ascension and Providence St. Joseph in talks to merge

Icon Written by Alex on December 12, 2017 – 2:46 pm

Ascension Health and Providence St. Joseph Health are in talks to merge and create the nation’s largest hospital chain, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday 12/10/2017.



Providers and vendors team up for user-friendly EHRs

Icon Written by Alex on December 1, 2017 – 7:02 pm

Before an Allscripts electronic health record appears on screen, it first appears on a storyboard—sometimes even a paper one. That’s where Allscripts developers can test new ideas on providers, figuring out what should go where. “The design on paper is still at the basic level where we can change on a dime,” said Ross Teague, […]