Medicaid Open IT with Open Health News (#hcbiz 34)

Join us on Wednesday, December, 7 at 12 PM EST for a panel discussion on CMS’ $5 Billion per year Open Medicaid IT strategy. CMS wants to move away from long-running, highly expensive, single-vendor projects and replace them with modular, open and agile initiatives. The goal is to promote innovation and collaboration in one of the biggest


Trumpcare: Innovation, Speculation and What’s Next

On this episode, Niam Yaraghi (Brookings Institute) joins me and Shahid Shah to discuss the future of healthcare and Health IT under the Trump administration and the Republican controlled congress. We cover a lot of ground (breakdown below), but the general consensus is that we shouldn’t anticipate any immediate “disruption”. Sure, change is coming and we don’t


Patient Engagement and Complex Communication Workflows (#hcbiz 34)

We all know patient engagement is important, but saying it and doing it are two different things. This week’s tweet chat will focus on the complex communication workflows that are being driven by new patient engagement practices and how they impact the business of healthcare. The chat will run from 12:30-1:00 PM EST on Wednesday,


Replay: The #hcbiz Show! Ep 32: IBM Watson in Healthcare

Co-host Shahid Shah attended the IBM World of Watson conference in Las Vegas this week. He was very impressed by the show IBM put on. He was even more impressed by the real-world demos he saw from organizations who are already using Watson to impact their healthcare businesses. In this episode, we discuss the current


Recap: The #hcbiz Show Ep. 31: MACRA help and resources from CMS

On this episode of The #hcbiz Show! Don Lee and Shahid Shah interview CMS spokesperson Aisling McDonough. We discuss the MACRA final rule and the resources that CMS is making available to help clinicians transition to MACRA and MIPS. The MACRA final rule has been released. This is real and it’s happening now. What should


8 “off-the-beaten-path” Observations on the MACRA Final Rule

CMS released the MACRA final rule last week and the industry response seems positive so far. They made good on their promise to consider stakeholder feedback and they addressed many of the concerns that were voiced over the proposed rule. Most notably, they’ve provided relief for small practices and injected flexibility that allows all physicians to ease