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CMS Delays Cardiac Bundled-Payment Program  

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has pushed back the implementation date for its bundled payments for cardiac care from July 1 until Oct. 1, according to Cardiovascular Business. It also suggested it could further delay the model until Jan. 1, 2018.

CMS announced the delay of the program, titled the Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model, this week in the Federal Register.

The bundled-payment program would allow approximately 1,120 acute care hospitals in 98 designated markets to hold on to the savings they achieve if they spend less than the target price for a 90-day episode of care for bypass and heart attack patients. However, hospitals that exceed the target price must repay Medicare -- and target prices will be determined retrospectively.

CMS previously predicted that the program - which also covers knee and hip replacement - would save the federal government as much as $159 million between now and 2021. In 2014, the CMS said, heart attack treatment for 200,000 patients cost Medicare more than $6 billion.

The new Secretary of Health & Human Services, Tom Price, has been a critic of the program, objecting to the mandatory nature of the initiative. Seema Verma, the new CMS administrator, said during her confirmation hearing in February that she preferred a gradual expansion of new payment models, Cardiovascular Business reported.

The CMS announcement said an additional three-month delay is necessary to allow time for additional review, "to ensure that the agency has adequate time to undertake notice and comment rulemaking to modify the policy if modifications are warranted, and to ensure that in such a case participants have a clear understanding of the governing rules and are not required to take needless compliance steps."

CMS added that participants would have more time to prepare for these models with the delay and that it would be preferable for payment periods to align with the calendar year. As a result, the CMS said, it is seeking comment on delaying the bundles until January 2018.

 

From one hospital to another, the cost of treating heart attack patients varies by as much as 50 percent. Does your hospital have a plan to meet the target prices for bypass and heart attack patients? LUMEDX's Cardiovascular Performance Program can help. Click here to find out how.

Best of Health IT News: Week of 04/30/15 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

EHR Adoption, Health IT Use Improve Patient Safety, ONC Says 

According to a new brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), widespread EHR adoption and meaningful use are improving overall patient safety. As of December 2014, patient safety and hospital quality rates have gone up by nearly 20% in just three years. 

Healthcare Internet of Things To Reach $117B by 2020 

HIT Consultant reports that the healthcare Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to reach $117B by 2020 with a CAGR of 15.1%. With the rise of healthcare IT adoption, there will be an increased number of digital health platforms, data storage systems, and tools to support the big data infrastructure for the healthcare industry. 

No ACOs Without Coordination 

Healthcare IT News discusses how healthcare providers can assemble a viable accountable care coordination. The publication argues that one key is to have a strong care coordination system in place. This includes health information exchanges, electronic medical records and interoperability, and clinical decision support. 

National Health IT Week: Joining the Conversation 

This week we are celebrating the ninth year of National Health IT Week – a collaboration between healthcare providers, government agencies, payers, research foundations, and healthcare IT vendors designed to raise awareness about the growing role of technology in healthcare. 

Because healthcare in this country is currently undergoing many changes, all of us in the industry need to work together to advance technology that can reduce costs while improving care.

Our National Health IT Week blog topics are:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 16: Learn about why data analytics is a growing segment of the healthcare technology industry, and how providers can use analytics to monitor performance and drive quality improvement initiatives
  • Wednesday, Sept. 17: Prepare for the new ICD-10 compliance date with information about documentation changes that will impact cardiology departments
  • Thursday, Sept. 18: Read about how The Christ Hospital Health Network is using technology to support quality improvement initiatives

And on Twitter:

  • Friday, Sept. 19: Patrick Cambas, Vice President of Consulting and Strategic Services at LUMEDX, will weigh in during the @HIMSS Twitter Chat on September 19, 9am PT/11am CT/Noon ET. The discussion will focus on successes, pain points, and the future of defining and realizing health IT value. Join us on Twitter @LUMEDX

Best of Health IT News: Week of 05/22/14 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

HHS Invests Close to $1 Billion in Healthcare Innovation 

EHR Intelligence reports that the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is investing close to $1 billion to develop and test healthcare innovation models. The two programs include the Health Innovation Awards and the State Innovation Models initiative. 

Heart Failure Severity Correlated With Diabetes Risk 

According to Cardiology Today, researchers have found that an increased in severity of heart failure is associated with an increased risk for the development of diabetes. However, the study also found that use of renin-angiotensin system inhibitors may reduce the risk of diabetes. 

Update: CMS, ONC Ease EHR Certification Requirements For MU 

Government Health IT reports that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT jointly circulated a proposed rule to "change the meaningful use timeline and the definition of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT). It would also change the requirements for reporting clinical quality measurements for 2014." 

Healthcare Data Grows From Big to Great 

Healthcare IT News makes the argument that healthcare data is both getter bigger and smarter, and will become the great differentiator. Healthcare analytics has expanded from business intelligence and financial management to include clinical care insights. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 02/27/14 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

Don't believe the naysayers -- HIE is flourishing

In an interview with Healthcare Informatics, Micky Tripathi, PhD, states that it is currently an unprecedented time for CIOs and other healthcare IT leaders as the importance of healthcare IT rises. He states that HIEs are flourishing -- but in silos. 

ONC issues voluntary 2015 certification criteria for EHRs 

Last Friday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced a proposed rule that includes voluntary certification criteria for EHRs in 2015. Some of the criteria proposed include: developing a way for non-meaningful use EHR systems to become certified, enhancing interoperability efforts, and improving alignment with other HHS programs. 

Providers ramp up meaningful use

Healthcare IT News reports that healthcare providers are ramping up meaningful use -- and nearly 90% of eligible hospitals have received an EHR incentive payment. The report also states that about 60% of Medicare EPs are meaningful users of EHR systems. 

App can help doctors calculate heart risks

According to The Boston Globe, a new app has been release by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association to calculate the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients. The app allows healthcare professionals and patients to determine the risk of developing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) and is available for free on iTunes and Google Play. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 12/19/13 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss. 

My Favorite Health IT Quotes of 2013 

Healthcare Informatics Contributing Editor David Raths compiles a list of his favorite moments in healthcare IT in 2013. One favorite quote was Farzad Mostashari's statement that "...Our longer term vision is that every healthcare interaction benefits from all the world's knowledge." 

Healthcare analytics market growth to skyrocket

FierceHealthIT reports on a new report from MarketsandMarkets that projects that the global healthcare analytics market will be worth more than $21 billion by 2020. Federal mandates, technological advances, increased healthcare IT adoption, and venture capital investments are cited as strong market drivers.

Continued Troubles with Healthcare.gov May Drive Up Costs

CBS reports that the problems with the Healthcare.gov website may lead to higher prices for many Americans if the technical problems deter young people from signing up. Enrollment continues to lag behind in projections, and more younger, healthier customers are needed in order to address an age imbalance. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 11/7/13 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss. 

And don't forget to register for our upcoming webinar: "Cloud-based Analytics for Performance Improvement -- Reports from the Field." The webinar will take place on Thursday, November 14 at 1pm Eastern time. 

CMS CIO Steps Down 

In other HealthCare.gov news, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services CIO Tony Trenkle is stepping down. The CMS announced that his departure will be effective November 15, 2013. 

ONC Pilot Program Demonstrates Patient Control Over Protected Data 

iHealthBeat reports that the ONC has completed the pilot phase of the Health IT Data Segmentation for Privacy program. The pilot was carried out at the University of Texas-Austin, Jericho Systems, and Conemaugh Health System. 

21% of Obamacare Visitors Have Enrolled 

InformationWeek covers this week's HealthCare.gov website news. Despite the issues plaguing the website, 21% of site visitors have enrolled in a health plan. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 9/19/13 

Happy National Health IT Week! There are plenty of healthcare IT related stories on the Web this week, so we’ve captured the top industry news that you won’t want to miss. And if you’re looking for ways you can participate in National Health IT Week, check out yesterday’s blog post here.

3 ways FCC is fostering telemedicine

Government Health IT covers the ways in which the Federal Communications Commission is supporting telemedicine technologies, including allocating more money to rural providers for broadband services so that they can reach more patients.

ONC: HIE governance framework puts emphasis on trust

FierceEMR covers an announcement from the ONC that it will continue to make “trust” a priority as it supports HIE governance.

EHRs Are Not a “Digital Menace”

InformationWeek tackles the misconception that EHR systems are more dangerous for patients than paper files. According to a recent report, 0.2% of adverse events involve healthcare IT systems as opposed to 2.9% when paper files are used.

An industry retrospective demands a call to action

In response to National Health IT Week, mHealthNews has published a “call to action” for the healthcare IT industry with a look at several challenges that have contributed to the strain that hospitals and health systems are facing.

Mostashari Reflects on Tenure at ONC

In iHealthBeat, Farzad Mostashari reflects on his work at the ONC, and gives advice to his successor. He also discusses his decision to step down and what he plans to do in the future.    

National Health IT Week – September 16-20, 2013 

You may have noticed the use of the following logo floating around these past few days and wondered what it represents. We even have it as the current profile picture for our Twitter handle here.

That’s because this week (September 16-20, 2013) marks the eighth year of National Health IT Week. National Health IT Week is an annual event put on by a collaborative group of healthcare providers, government agencies, insurance companies, research foundations, and healthcare IT vendors to address the growing role of technology in healthcare.

The official National Health IT Week website states that: “Comprehensive health care reform is not possible without system-wide adoption of health information technology, which improves the quality of healthcare delivery, increases patient safety, decreases medical errors, and strengthens the interaction between patients and healthcare providers.”

So how can you get involved?

  • Educate yourself about the healthcare IT climate and current policies and stories. We have a weekly news round-up here.
  • Participate in the HIMSS Value of Health IT Twitter Chat this Friday, Sept. 20 at 12 noon ET. Details here.
  • Look up more National Health IT Week news by searching for the hashtag #NHITweek on social media.

How is your organization celebrating National Health IT Week this year?

Best of Health IT News: Week of 9/12/13 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

Healthcare cloud changing “with a vengeance”

Government Health IT reports on the changing climate when it comes to cloud computing in healthcare, as more and more care providers adopt innovative technologies that allow for secure, web-based data access.

ONC to define patient matching best practices

Government Health IT also discusses the ONC’s new project, which seeks best practices for patient matching. With more patient-data matching, the ONC hopes to improve patient care at hospitals.

There’s a Healthcare Piece to New iPhone

The big news in the tech world this week is the unveiling of the new iPhone5S. According to Healthcare IT News, the new version also has a M7 “motion compressor” which could allow it to work as an mHealth device.

Medical Practices Move Health IT to Cloud

According to InformationWeek, medical practices are increasingly looking to adopt cloud-based EHRs. A Black Book survey showed that most hospitals and physicians are seeking to upgrade to new software.

How UPMC Plays to Win in Healthcare IT

InformationWeek interviews UPMC CIO Dan Drawbaugh on how the company is working to improve operations at its hospitals by prioritizing healthcare IT. The company looks to find technology that meets the needs of each service line.  

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