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ACO Data Sharing Will Depend on Technology, a Little Faith
Gienna Shaw, Senior Editor

Since the government's release of proposed accountable care organization regulations, technology that enables data-sharing has suddenly become even more important than it has been since the first-stage meaningful use regulations were announced. Health information exchanges are poised to play a key role. [Read More]
April 5, 2011
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HHS Unveils ACO Rules Proposal
The Department of Health and Human Services has released for public comment the long-awaited proposed rules governing accountable care organizations. "The Affordable Care Act is putting patients and their doctors in control of their healthcare," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a statement. [Read More]

ACO Proposed Rules Spotlight Physician-Hospital Alignment
Clinical integration is key to the government's proposed accountable care organization guidelines. It means that doctors and hospitals have to work together, 'and that is not easy,' says one analyst. [Read More]

ACO Rules Receive Guarded, Mixed Reviews
Most groups issuing statements about the new rules have professed their support for the concept of ACOs, but say they will reserve judgment until after reading through the implementation details. "This is an historic effort among government agencies to achieve the goal of better coordinated care," says Linda Fishman, senior vice president for Policy at the American Hospital Association. "It provides a path forward to provide accountable care and supports the direction that the hospital field is already moving toward better coordinated care for patients. However, it does not go nearly far enough to eliminate the barriers to clinical integration among caregivers." [Read More]

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Rounds: Patient-Centered Accountable Care
Patient-centered healthcare IS accountable care—accountable for quality, for value, for patient satisfaction. Join us on April 27 live from Griffin Hospital and Planetree, recognized pioneers in patient-centered care, with more actionable strategies from invited thought leaders at Sharp Memorial and the Maine Patient-Centered Medical Home Pilot. [Read More]

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Tech Headlines
CMS sets the IT bar very high for Medicare ACOs
Health Data Management, April 1, 2011

For some docs, iPad claims key spot next to stethoscope
The Boston Globe, April 5, 2011

Pediatric clinic relocated while CA hospital explores radiation concerns
The Sacramento Bee, April 5, 2011

Waiting until 2012 to apply for MU may not be best option for all providers
iHealthBeat, April 1, 2011

IOM calls for MU focus on sexual orientation
Health Data Management, April 1, 2011

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