Should ACO patients receive better care than those under the fee-for-service model? Even if that expense falls on the provider? CMIO John Frownfelter, MD, discusses the big data approach UnityPoint is taking to answer those questions.
In a Senate hearing, CCIIO outlined the agency's work trying to "transform the insurance market," while the director of Connecticut's HIX called shared responsibility "the hallmark of reform" and a young cancer patient recounted her story of coverage denials, bureaucratic wrangling and high debt.
Facing a post-recession and post-health reform crossroads, many critical access hospitals are looking for new ways to fulfill their mission as rural providers, while also finding financial sustainability. Health information exchange is one of the current goals for Illinois CAHs, with support from state health IT officials and the HITECH Act.