Diana Manos

Diana Manos is a Washington, D.C.-based freelance writer with specialties in healthcare, technology, politics and policy.

Trump change MACRA

iHealth partner Justin Barnes said the new administration will likely offer more guidance on MACRA but not dramatic changes to the law. 

By Diana Manos 07:27 am November 18, 2016
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka advised providers to stay the course on MACRA, while iHealth partner Justin Barnes agreed that major changes are unlikely. But Robert Tennant of the MGMA cautioned that we won’t know until Trump takes over.
Best Hospital IT 2016: Carroll Hospital
By Diana Manos 07:59 am November 01, 2016
Strategies like population health aren’t new to the Maryland hospital which is doing 'phenomenal things.'
 Best Hospital IT 2016: Silver Cross Hospital
By Diana Manos 07:33 am November 01, 2016
With a focus on convenience for patients, the Illinois hospital is keeping its IT staff motivated.
Best Hospital IT 2016: Tuality Healthcare
By Diana Manos 07:04 am November 01, 2016
A population health focus helps the Oregon hospital uncover critical insight hidden in patient data.
legal record EHR malpractice

Jodi Daniel, partner with Crowell & Moring and former policy director at ONC, recommended that providers include legal risks associated with EHRs in risk mitigation strategies. 

By Diana Manos 07:08 am October 13, 2016
Electronic health records platforms are leaving doctors exposed by making it hard to demonstrate what they did and why. Some providers are even settling malpractice suits and not because of guilt. Hospitals cannot ignore the issue anymore.
MACRA interoperability advancements

Kerry McDermott, vice president of public policy and communication at the Center for Medical Interoperability said the organization's recenlty released maturity model can be used to assess interoperability progress. 

By Diana Manos 07:11 am September 20, 2016
The Center for Medical Interoperability introduced a new maturity model and HIMSS publicly commented that focusing on technical interoperability is not enough in the industry-wide move toward value-based care and alternative payment models. 
define measure interoperability

KLAS executive vice president Taylor Davis said that measuring interoperability can get messy because the EHR market is currently immature. 

By Diana Manos 07:28 am August 18, 2016
For meaningful use and MACRA, the government uses an IEEE description of interoperability that pre-dates today’s crop of EHRs. Whether or not that will carry the healthcare industry into the future is a matter of some debate.
MACRA IT payment model

iHealth Innovations chief growth officer Justin Barnes said the hospitals cannot simply throw technology at the new payment model. Instead, thriving under MACRA will take leadership and analytical thinking. 

By Diana Manos 07:21 am August 01, 2016
The regulation as it stands today is confusing. Don’t panic. Crush it instead. Experts share tips on how to make that happen. 

Aaron Seib, CEO of the National Association for Trusted Exchange

By Diana Manos 07:18 am July 07, 2016
Doctors are required by law to allow patients to view, download and transmit data and that new reality is giving rise to many hesitations. Here’s a look at pressing issues to understand before proceeding. 
ONC EHR interoperability

DirectTrust CEO David Kibbe, MD, said that the federal government and healthcare industry need a new dialogue about how health data is centralized, de-centralized, secured and accessed. Source: Senate.help.gov. 

By Diana Manos 07:39 am June 21, 2016
Several experts contend that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is attacking the wrong problems and the last thing anyone needs is more prescriptive regulation about EHR functionality, usability and quality measurement.

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