Results of Next Gen, Pioneer programs show shared risk can work | Liz Johnson comments on ACO success stories | 3 CIOs join CHIME's board of trustees
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October 19, 2017
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Results of Next Gen, Pioneer programs show shared risk can work
Results of Next Gen, Pioneer programs show shared risk can work
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Eleven accountable care organizations participating in the CMS Next Generation program and six ACOs in the Pioneer program earned payments for 2016, while seven lost money and three dropped out. The Next Generation program grew to an estimated 44 health systems for 2017.
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Liz Johnson comments on ACO success stories
Liz Johnson comments on ACO success stories
(Liz Johnson, CIO Acute Care Hospitals and Applied Informatics, Tenet Healthcare Corp.)
The news is good. More than half of the participating 2016 Next Generation ACO organizations that initially made the leap into ACOs with the Pioneer and MSSP programs are reporting substantial overall shared savings -- even with the program's higher levels of financial risk. As a result, we can confidently conclude that the Next Generation ACOs that are succeeding at earning the coveted shared savings dollars know a thing or two about how best to coordinate care for their populations of patients. By using their cumulative ACO experience from the past, these organizations have been able to refine their methodology and approach and successfully adhere to the Next Generation ACO program's core principles

How did they do it? The statistics show that progress is definitely being made and ACO principles are being achieved, but the necessary yet hard-to-find "tell all" accounts on how these organizations have made it happen are sorely lacking. As a result, we continue to applaud the winners but have very little exposure to what is in their playbooks.

As CIOs who support organizations that are members of an ACO and/or are in the midst of the transition to value-based care and payment, learning from the experiences of other organizations is the lifeblood to our work and our success. Without it, we tend to linger too long in the strategic-planning stage, or try to move ahead and then fumble with an untested approach. These Next Generation ACOs have, no doubt, made great strides in using tools and processes that aid in care coordination and population health management and have many valuable "how to" stories to share with us. So, although statistics that show successes get our attention, it's knowing how they were achieved that helps us the most.
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Better Data Equals Better Care
Video: See how Community Interchange bridges gaps by combining patient data from different sources to deliver a comprehensive CCD seamlessly into your clinical workflow. Now providers can focus on providing a higher quality of care and spend less time sifting through mountains of information. Watch here.
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Strategy & Leadership
3 CIOs join CHIME's board of trustees
John Kravitz, senior vice president and CIO of Geisinger Health System; Rusty Yeager, senior vice president and CIO of HealthSouth; and Sheree McFarland, CIO of Hospital Corp. of America's West Florida Division, were named to CHIME's board of trustees. Divurgent President Steve Eckert was also appointed to the CHIME Foundation board of directors.
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The Cloud, Built for Healthcare
At CloudWave, we believe technology should empower healthcare. That's why we deliver innovative hybrid cloud solutions built exclusively for hospitals. Our OpSus Healthcare Cloud provides secure, reliable systems to transform technology into tools. Learn more about CloudWave, a member of Cloud28+.
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Technology Spotlight
Report examines leading causes of health care data breaches in 2017
Forty-one percent of reported health data breaches in the first nine months of 2017 were attributed to unintended data disclosure, such as accidentally leaving a server open to the public or sending an email containing personal health information to the wrong recipient, which was also the leading cause of such incidents in 2016 and 2015, according to the Beazley Breach Insights report. Hacking or malware incidents were the second most common cybersecurity issue at 19%, followed by insider incidents at 15% and physical loss at 8%, the report stated.
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Are you ready for machine learning?
With the advent of big data, the amount of data and our ability to process it has increased exponentially. It's an environment perfectly suited for machine learning. So how can you make it part of your analytic infrastructure? This e-book highlights the capabilities of machine learning, and best practices you can implement to take full advantage of it. Download Here.
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Management & Operation
Regulatory & Legislative
NIST-developed testing method can be integrated into EHRs
The HIMSS-Immunization Integration Program testing tool has been approved by the ONC as a substitute for its approved method of evaluating transmissions to immunization registries. The testing method uses an open-source testing tool created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and can be fully integrated into EHR systems and other clinical software, allowing clinicians to access immunization histories, administer the right vaccines and increase monitoring, safety and acceptance of vaccines.
Healthcare IT News (10/17) 
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Market Focus
Telehealth laws updated in almost all states since last year, report finds
An Epstein Becker Green report found that every state except Connecticut and Massachusetts have introduced new or modified regulations on telehealth delivery since last year, with some laws aimed at improving the definition of mental health-focused treatment. "The use of telehealth has really become mainstream and an integrated mode of treatment in most states, so in the future we expect to continue to see changes and refinements in these regulations," Brad Davidsen and James Tam of Epstein Becker Green said in an email.
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CHIME News
Clean your closet and help a good cause
Attendees at the CHIME17 Fall CIO Forum have an opportunity to assist Dress for Success and Career Gear of San Antonio. Dress for Success helps women and men who need assistance as they begin their professional journeys. CHIME encourages members to look through their closets and donate items that are in good condition but don't get much use anymore. Get more information about this and other CHIME17 charitable events.
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Don't miss CHIME17's closing day events
The CHIME17 CIO Fall Forum will offer a new program and an inspirational closing keynote speaker on Nov. 3 in San Antonio. Three CHIME members will present TED-like talks at Leadership from the Edge. This is new for CHIME17, which runs Oct. 31-Nov. 3. Blockchain Research Institute co-founder Don Tapscott will follow with a talk about a revolutionary technology. Learn more about the forum.
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