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Unsure of CMS’ strategy, providers may retreat on risk models

Providers fear that the CMS is sending mixed messages on regulatory relief on the shift to value-based care.

ONC seeks comments on Interoperability Standards Advisory

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The 21st Century Cures Act tasked the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology with a herculean task: solve the interoperability puzzle.

Redesigning hospitals with patient experience in mind

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Hospital design is moving beyond cosmetic changes to please patients by adding features that give them more control.

Research

MASTERING MACRA: What you need to know about Medicare’s physician Quality Payment Program

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MACRA’s approach to reimbursing physicians is here, but many doctors and administrators are still trying to get a handle on how it works. Read on for tips on how to deal with this major change to the Medicare payment system.

Data Points: Is it time to talk?

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Providers

HCA’s East Houston Regional Medical Center unable to weather the storm

HCA-owned East Houston Regional Medical Center will not reopen after the flood damage it sustained from Hurricane Harvey.

Insurance

HealthCare.gov numbers outpaced 2016 during first week of open enrollment

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Sign-ups during the first week of ACA open enrollment outpaced last year’s, suggesting concerns that enrollment would falter this year were overblown.

Government

Feds backing out of lawsuit against HCR ManorCare

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The federal government is moving to dismiss a lawsuit it brought two years ago against the national nursing-care provider after a judge tossed out the government’s key witness over issues of credibility.

Finance

CHI cuts quarterly operating loss by more than half

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Catholic Health Initiatives reported improved financial results in the quarter ended Sept. 30, and officials say the health system is making progress with a turnaround.

Technology

DEA cracking down on fake fentanyl traffickers

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The goal is to make it easier for federal prosecutors to go after people who peddle illicit versions of the deadly opioid fentanyl that are fueling the nation’s drug abuse crisis.

Transformation

Using avatars to practice hard conversations

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A pilot program, funded by the CDC’s cancer division, is experimenting with allowing patients to ask a virtual coach questions that they might otherwise feel too uncomfortable or overwhelmed to ask a real physician.

Safety & Quality

Overlapping neurosurgeries don’t hurt patient outcomes

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Patient outcomes don’t suffer when surgeons perform critical parts of the procedure and then depart for another underway, according to a new JAMA study.

People

Guest Commentary: More providers need to embrace integrative health approach

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Our healthcare system is obsessed with delivering medical services, performing procedures and prescribing medications. It really needs to become obsessed with producing health.

Surveys

This week’s poll: Has Trump been good or bad for healthcare?

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Share your opinion in the latest edition of our biweekly reader poll. Has Trump been good or bad for healthcare?


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