April 26, 2016
Health care technology (HIT) is frequently oversold. That may be a surprising message coming from a Registry CEO, but it’s the truth. In the quest for answers, too many providers search for a system that can “do it all,” a dream technology that exists, well, only in your dreams. There is intense pressure on providers to prepare for undertaking the financial risk of patient care, while maintaining or improving patient quality and outcomes. Two factors are driving the push for HIT purchases to meet this demand: providers’ strong wish for easy and straightforward solutions that can mesh with existing technology,…Read More
April 19, 2016
Does Data Say All You Need to Improve Health Care Performance?
Can data lie? In a word, yes. The answer also depends on whom you ask. That goes for all forms of data analysis, including how we evaluate health care. This presents a tough dilemma for providers, patients and other stakeholders at a time when the industry and government are heavily invested in using data to compare provider performance, attach payment to “good” providers and penalties for the others. The fact is that the health care data “revolution” is in its infancy, and it is not so easy to identify two key facts: what causes outcomes, and what fixes them. Situations…Read More
April 12, 2016
Boutique Medicine’s Quality Challenge: Can Specialized Registries Aid Consumer Choice?
Many physicians—especially those in primary care—are angry about the practice of medicine. Dogged by high administrative overhead, they feel the pressure of shorter visit times to meet the practice’s income needs. In some geographic areas, PCPs are opting out of Medicare assignment in large numbers and establishing boutique medicine practices (including “concierge medicine”). Indeed, as CMS pushes providers toward risk under Alternative Payment Mechanisms (APMs) and away from the traditional fee-for-service, concierge medicine has become an attractive alternative for physicians who are fed up with the system. What does this trend mean for access and quality of care, especially when…Read More
April 5, 2016
If Your Solution to PQRS Reporting Is an ACO, Think Again
Problems with PQRS reporting this year? As a Registry that works with groups ranging from Academic Medical Centers to solo practitioners, we’ve seen the whole gamut of issues. While there are no quick and easy solutions (sorry), the biggest myth we’re hearing this year is that you can solve all your PQRS problems by forming an Accountable Care Organization (ACO). It’s certainly true that if your ACO reports successfully—and most do—you are not required also to report for PQRS. But before you take the huge organizational leap to forming or joining an ACO, you’d best read the fine print. For…Read More