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ACA and QRS – Shoot for the Stars Part 3

In ACA and QRS – Shoot for the Stars Part 1, I laid out the overall domains that are going to be used to score QHP plans offered through the Marketplace. In Part 2, I discussed some factors to consider for the data derived measures. In this blog, we will take a closer look at […]

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ACA and QRS – Shoot for the Stars Part 2

In ACA and QRS – Shoot for the Stars Part 1, I laid out the overall domains that are going to be used to score QHP plans offered through the Marketplace. In this blog, we will take a closer look at the data derived measures and what factors a QHP issuer should consider to achieve […]

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ACA and QRS – Shoot for the stars! Part 1

Last month I posted “ACA’s Quality Rating System – An opportunity to gain market share”, which explained how QHP issuers can gain market share in the individual space.  In that blog I mentioned that, as part of the Quality Rating System, plans offered on the Marketplace will receive a “Star” rating based on a 5 star rating system. […]

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ACA’s Quality Rating System – An opportunity to gain market share

Starting in 2015 all issuers of Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) on the Healthcare Marketplace will need to provide Quality Rating System (QRS) measurements that will be aggregated and scored to provide consumers with a star rating for each product offered. Although there are still details to be worked out by CMS, the required measures for the […]

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Imagine all the people…without healthcare insurance?

This morning a colleague forwarded a Fast Company article entitled “The Mayo Clinic’s New Doctor is an iPhone.”  The article describes a new Mayo Clinic concierge medicine via mobile device that is subscription based.  For $50 per month (per household) the Mayo Clinic basically offers unlimited access to their nurse’s line powered by iPhone virtual visits. […]

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A Love Letter to Meaningful Use – #HIMSS14

It seems appropriate on Valentine’s Day to write love letters.  This is my letter of adoration to Meaningful Use.  In the past, I have written about how much time and productivity is wasted in the average physician’s office handling phone calls about prescription refills.  My physician’s office has successfully implemented their EMR software, and the […]

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Positive evidence that Health IT improves patient outcomes

This is a fascinating report on a study by RAND researchers about meaningful use. It shows strong evidence that Health IT improves patient outcomes, specifically quality, safety, and efficiency outcomes. Michael Furukawa Director at the ONC , and Meghan Gabriel, Economist at the ONC, presented the results from this study in a blog post on HealthIT […]

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Top 5 Technology Trends in Healthcare – November 2013

The healthcare IT field is rapidly developing and changing. Emerging technology and updated regulations put pressure on healthcare providers and health plans to stay ahead of the curve. Perficient creates a monthly list that explores some of the current topics and issues in health IT. This list examines the most talked about issues and technologies […]

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Two Keys to Success for Healthcare

Healthcare reform, ACA, Business Intelligence, Enterprise Portals, predictive analytics, pay for performance, the Triple Aim, total cost of care, patient safety….these, and many more,  are the buzzwords in healthcare and medicine these days.  Install this system, connect that system, run these reports, use this “intelligent program”… Do you ever wonder if we can solve all […]

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Apolitical Tech Lessons from the Healthcare.gov Meltdown

When Healthcare.gov launched, it drew an understandably high number of initial users.  Millions poured onto the site, but they weren’t able to sign up for insurance due to technical glitches.  As an impartial observer, it was interesting to watch media outlets struggle to find even one person that was able to sign up successfully.  The […]

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Healthcare Reform: Payers – HIXs and Eligibility

In healthcare, it’s a common occurrence to find your organization having to make an investment, unplanned in many cases, in order to comply with a new regulatory requirement due to Health Reform.  When faced with a new compliance need, I have heard many wistfully ponder the question of ROI, yet are already resigned to another […]

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