Future of Health CarePerformance Improvement
January 31, 2017

The Dirty Little Secret About Performance Measurement Data

“The data just hooks up.” That was an opening remark from a competitor applauding his company’s scoring system for physician quality. He went on to explain how this data produced reliable scores on quality. The idea that data hooks up and produces a true scoring system for quality is a fantasy. Not only is data itself flawed, but it doesn’t always tell the exact truth. Treating data casually amounts to an off-hand dismissal of the complexity and inherent biases of performance measurement. But here’s the kicker: we need to measure performance, anyway. In fact, it’s more critical than ever to…
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Future of Health CarePatient EmpowermentPerformance Improvement
January 24, 2017

Real Patient Empowerment Depends on Real Performance Measurement

“Patient empowerment” is a new term to watch. It’s a banner for some health care reform initiatives being proposed in lieu of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In fact, “Empowering Patients First” is the title of legislation introduced by Congressman Tom Price (nominee for Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services, which oversees Medicare and Medicaid) to replace the ACA. Empowering patients can be very positive, if they have the appropriate tools to make the health care system work to improve their health status. What Exactly Is Patient Empowerment? But what does “patient empowerment” actually mean within the current…
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Future of Health CareMACRAMerit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)Qualified Clinical Data Registry ReportingRoji Health Intelligence
January 17, 2017

Roji Health Intelligence: Chart Your Course for the New Phase in Health Care

With 2017 we are predicting some big changes in how the health care industry moves forward. Having worked with health care organizations for 15 years, we know that most of them are not ready. Roji Health Intelligence was not just a name change for ICLOPS, but a signal that we are ready to help. Roji Health Intelligence Website Signals Evolution of Services Our new website is up and ready. It is light-filled and inviting, for a good reason. We believe the path to change can be collaborative yet still focused on results and real data. We refute contentious and negative approaches…
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ACO ReportingFuture of Health CareMACRAMerit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)Performance ImprovementValue-Based Health Care
January 10, 2017

Can Health Care Stay the Course of Reform Amidst Uncertainty?

With the new year finally here, health care organizations need to know: How should you proceed amidst uncertainty about Medicare policy, including Value-Based and Risk programs initiated by the Obama administration? In the crosshairs are the new, complex Quality Payment Programs under MACRA, including both MIPS and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) such as ACOs. Although MACRA had bipartisan support in the 114th Congress, it was the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that created the foundation for ACOs and other Value-Based programs. As the new Congress hurtles toward ACA repeal, the landscape for all of health care is murkier than ever. The…
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Future of Health CareMACRAValue-Based Health Care
January 3, 2017

Onward to 2017 as Roji Health Intelligence

  It’s been a momentous year in health care, with significant changes on the way for 2017. “Patient Empowerment” and cost shifting to the consumer are gaining political currency in Washington. MACRA is looming on the horizon, with the coming year being the first under the Final Rule for measuring performance. Health care organizations have significant strategic decisions to make as we move more intensively through an era of Value-Based Health Care and into Risk. Patients, too, will face serious questions about health care coverage and how to find accurate, comparative information for making choices about providers and networks. It…
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