"The proposed scoring system is nothing short of a mathematical marvel," said Halee Fischer-Wright, MD, president and CEO of MGMA, of MACRA's proposed Merit-Based Incentive Payment System. "Its narrow definition of APM provides almost no opportunities for medical groups to begin the shift away from fee-for-service reimbursement."

By Jessica Davis 11:21 am June 27, 2016
As it stands, the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System doesn't allow enough time for physicians, practices and trading partners to prepare for proposed changes in workflow, investments and system requirements, the Medical Group Management Association told Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in

Cedars Sinai Medical Center plans to launch virtual reality pilots aimed easing pain for patients.


By Bernie Monegain 10:56 am June 27, 2016
Cedars Sinai Medical Center will begin to use virtual reality technology from Applied VR, in hopes of easing patients' pain with without use of drugs. Hospital executives say it will introduce VR content first in its Spine Center.

"Despite providers' best efforts to submit clean claims, a substantial number still get denied," says RelayHealth's Marcy Tatsch. "An effective denial prevention strategy doesn't just focus on pre-submission, but also on the other points along the claims continuum."

By Bernie Monegain 10:33 am June 27, 2016
McKesson's RelayHealth Financial is going after those denied claims with the goal of boosting revenue for its clients.
Aurora Startup Health population health

Aurora Health Care is looking for innovators that can extract and analyze data from a variety of sources to tailor treatments to individuals and patient populations. 

By Jack McCarthy 04:09 pm June 24, 2016
The hospital and technology incubator are jointly working on a population health tool, to debut next year, that will tie together disparate data sets and resources designed to advance individual and community health. 
IBM Watson X Prize
By Jonah Comstock 03:06 pm June 24, 2016
X Prize CEO Marcus Shingles said the idea is to use AI to solve the world’s hardest challenges, including those in healthcare.  
analytics telemedicine KPMG
By Jack McCarthy 03:03 pm June 24, 2016
A recent poll found that nearly half of responding healthcare executives expect that the move from volume to value will adversely impact revenue, which makes investing in technologies even more critical to competing in the market. 
Redox API EHRs
By Jessica Davis 01:39 pm June 24, 2016
Redox, a health IT startup founded by former Epic engineers that creates application programming interfaces for EHRs, announced that it has integrated five cloud-based applications.
Intermountain 3D printing

Intermountain physician Jay Bishoff, MD, said that the 3D printed model enabled doctors to identify a nub on a patient's kidney before starting surgery. 

By Bernie Monegain 10:43 am June 24, 2016
Doctors used a 3D rendering of Linda Green’s kidney to determine the best way to maneuver around arteries and remove a tumor.
Cedars-Sinai Apple Care Kit

HomeHero, which connects to Apple’s CareKit, was among Cedars-Sinai’s health accelerator class and will help the hospital reduce readmissions and avoid CMS penalties.

By Mike Miliard 10:30 am June 24, 2016
Cedars-Sinai's new Safe Transition Home initiative aims to reduce hospital readmissions and improve outcomes by smoothly transitioning people from the inpatient setting to their homes.
Mostashari Aledade ACO

Former National Coordinator for Health IT and current Aldedade CEO Farzad Mostashari, MD, said the startup is taking its committment to better care and smarter spending into more patient populations. 

By Bernie Monegain 09:58 am June 24, 2016
The company focused on care coordination, population health management and preventive care, has inked several deals this month to create Accountable Care Organizations. CEO Farzad Mostashari, MD, said Aledade is also expanding beyond Medicare.

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