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PCAST: Telehealth, other tech enable older Americans to remain connected, independent

Telehealth and electronic health records are among a number of key tools that can help older Americans live more connected yet independent lives, according to a new report published this week by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

How hospitals can use data to drive improvement initiatives

By Warren Strauss From required Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting to Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)...

Balancing financial risk key to alternative payment models

Efforts to move away from fee-for-service payment models have had virtually no impact on the latest industry data available, according to a study from  Health Affairs. However, the data only extends through 2013, and therefore predate a new wave of interest in value-based payment models.

CommonWell's Jitin Asnaani: There's no excuse for providers not getting data

Since its inception in the spring of 2013, the ComonWell Health Alliance, which enables data exchange for vendor members at healthcare organizations nationwide, has grown to more than 40 members, including founding members Cerner, Allscripts, athenahealth, McKesson, Greenway Health, Evident and Sunquest. While Executive Director Jitin Asnaani is optimistic for the potential of future growth, he's also realistic about the alliance's expectations going forward.

CMS changes will cut Medicare Advantage payments, report says

Recently proposed changes to Medicare Advantage payment rules will result in an estimated 0.5 to 3.9 percent cut on average to MA payments in 2017, according to a new report.  

CMS approves Medicaid expansion for lead-affected Flint residents

In recognition of the public health crisis in Flint, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved Michigan's 1115 waiver demonstration, which will extend Medicaid coverage and services to Flint residents who were recently exposed to lead in their water supply.  

HIMSS16: Andy Slavitt, Karen DeSalvo discuss barriers to data sharing

LAS VEGAS-- A day after Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell unveiled a public-private commitment to improve health data sharing efforts, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt said he would not be bashful in the face of optimism about expressing what steps must be taken to better the industry.

Study raises doubts that bundled payments cut costs

Bundled payments have been touted as a potential savior for keeping soaring healthcare costs in check, but a new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation has raised early doubts about some of the initiatives being undertaken by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Andy Slavitt on ICD-10: 'Y2K fears didn't come to pass'

Teamwork, accountability and a focus on stakeholder concerns all have enabled a smooth transition for the healthcare industry to date from ICD-9 to ICD-10, according to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt.

Why insurers should actually encourage the use of special enrollment periods

Health insurers' push to reduce the number of consumers who enroll during special enrollment periods could end up hurting the Affordable Care Act marketplace more than helping it, argues a blog post from  Health Affairs.