Health IT for Risk-Bearing Entities in Value-Based Care Arrangements

The shift in healthcare from the current fee-for-service (FFS) model to value-based care (VBC) has been unfolding over the past decade. Rather than reimburse providers per service rendered, VBC payment models reimburse providers for the overall value of the care they...

HIEs as Health Data Utilities: Three Health IT Leaders Weigh In

Health information exchanges (HIEs) serve a critical function in health data networks to support interoperable access and delivery of clinical information. I recently led a virtual panel with three senior HIE leaders from across the U.S. for the Journal of AHIMA to...

What is FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources)?

The Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard defines how healthcare data can be exchanged across various IT systems. Created and maintained by Health Level 7 (HL7), the FHIR standard uses an Application Programming Interface (API) and common web...

The ACO REACH Model: Health IT to Support Success

In February 2022 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMS Innovation Center) introduced the ACO REACH Model to promote greater health equity among the beneficiaries receiving care through accountable care organizations (ACOs). In this article, we define...

Timely Discharge Document Retrieval for ACO Care Transitions

Most healthcare providers didn’t choose their careers because they were eager to spend time chasing down clinical documents for their patients. However, the current reality is that the process of clinical document retrieval is often time-consuming, burdensome, and too...