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Value-based care delivery best practices from an expert

By Shaun Sutner
January 13, 2017

Here are five best practices for value-based care delivery from Tina Foster, vice president of business advisor services at RelayHealth, McKesson Corporation's health IT connectivity consulting unit

Electronic Health Reporter
4 Strategies for Adapting in an Evolving Healthcare Ecosystem

By Suzanne Travis
January 5, 2017

Shifting to value-based reimbursement (VBR) is a challenging journey, and trying to proactively manage risk at the same time only makes things more complicated. However, there are simple ways a provider organization can more proactively position their organization for a shift to VBR. While there is no fool-proof method or one-size-fits-all approach, here are four strategies that can help steer providers on the right path, no matter where they are in the VBR transition process.
Why value-based care will survive Republican healthcare overhaul

By Susan Morse
January 3, 2017

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Innovation Center, the Affordable Care Act as we know it, and other federal healthcare programs may soon be wiped away as the new U.S. Congress begins its work this week, but experts predict the move to value-based care, and a continuing reduction in what providers are paid, will remain.
Radiologists' success hinges on preparation and collaboration in 2017

By Pat Free
January 3, 2017

Radiology is well known within the medical specialties to be the specialty where nearly all hospital diagnosis is determined or confirmed. Meanwhile, over the course of the past 12 years, radiology has seen significant cuts to reimbursement. Therefore, radiology groups need to identify ways to remain viable, vibrant and grow while the healthcare landscape continues to change.

Becker's Hospital CFO
10 revenue cycle tips from healthcare experts in 2016

By Kelly Gooch
December 14, 2016

As patients assume more responsibility for their healthcare costs, and patient satisfaction continues to influence the financial health of hospitals, revenue cycle management has become more important to providers' livelihoods than ever. Amid these and other changes, many revenue cycle professionals have offered thought-provoking insights this past year.

Becker's Hospital CFO
6 experts share healthcare RCM predictions for 2017

By Kelly Gooch
December 7, 2016

Hospitals and health systems will face a number of revenue cycle management challenges next year as the healthcare industry continues the shift from fee-for-service to value-based care and an increasing number of patients enroll in high-deductible health plans.

Six experts share their RCM predictions for 2017.

Meet Conserus, McKesson's imaging line for value-based care

By Neil Versel
December 5, 2016

"In a value-based care environment, nobody is going to be more successful just by reading more studies," Ran Rumianek, executive director of workflow solutions at McKesson Provider Solutions, told MedCity News at the annual Radiological Society of North America meeting in Chicago last week. "The concept of value-based care is a reality that we all need to deal with."

Radiology Today
Distributive Properties: Enhancing Workflow with Distributed Radiology Services

By Timothy W. Boden, CMPE
December 2016

A number of major vendors-including industry giants like McKesson Corporation- have taken up the challenge to provide world-class services and optimized work flow at the local level. McKesson's Jordan Lister, senior manager of business development for McKesson Medical Imaging Professional Consulting Services, outlines his company·s strategy for addressing work flow.

Improving Patient Flow Reduces Labor and Other Costs

By Laura Ramos Hegwer
December 2016

As more reimbursement is tied to quality, finance leaders need to work collaboratively with clinicians to solve sticky problems along the patient journey. In this interview, Billie Whitehurst, MS, RN, vice president of capacity management and extended care solutions for Alpharetta, Ga.-based McKesson Connected Care and Analytics, offers strategies for engaging clinicians in these performance improvement efforts.

Q&A with Pat Free, national vice president for radiology operations for McKesson

By Gus Iversen
November 29, 2016

Radiologists have the opportunity to gain – or risk losing – four percent on their yearly earnings depending on how early they begin to prepare for reimbursement under MIPS. During RSNA, DOTmed HealthCare Business News connected with Pat Free, national vice president for radiology operations for McKesson, to address how radiologists can best prepare.  
Adapting to Payment Reform: Advice From McKesson's Suzanne Travis

By Christina Mattina
November 5, 2016

As the healthcare industry continues its transition towards alternative payment models (APMs), some providers might feel apprehensive about keeping up with new requirements like those in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) final rule. However, these providers can use healthcare information technology (IT), data analysis tools, and other resources to adapt to these changes, according to Suzanne Travis, vice president of regulatory strategy at McKesson. - See more at:

Healthcare IT News
Smart Big Data is Key to Population Health, Value-Based Care

By Jennifer Bresnick
October 10, 2016

Pay-for-performance reimbursements tied to longer-term wellness are quickly shifting a provider's responsibility from point-in-time care to overall health – and that trend that is placing new pressures on an organization's ability to engage in meaningful, intelligent big data analytics.

Becker's Health IT & CIO Review
Top four barriers to achieving interoperability

By Sally Love Connally
September 15, 2016

The need for a connected healthcare system and the reality of healthcare reform has fueled our progression toward a more interoperable existence. Many other industries have also experienced a technological "disruption," but the overall complexity of healthcare, combined with a lack of widely-adopted standards, has made our journey a bit more arduous.

Healthcare Informatics McKesson's CMO on Transitioning to Value

September 14, 2016

A survey earlier this year from physician staffing firm Merritt Hawkins & Associates found that roughly one-third of responding physicians were offered a production bonus based entirely or in part on "value-based" metrics last year compared to 23 percent the prior year. Meanwhile, according to a Forbes analysis of the report, just 6 percent of total compensation is now tied to "quality or value-based metrics," compared to less than 5 percent in 2015. "We are moving in the direction of value-based compensation, but the reality just doesn't match that aspiration yet," said Travis Singleton, Merritt Hawkins senior vice president, said in an interview with Forbes.

Becker's CEO+CFO Roundtable
4 best practices for managing patient billing complaints

By Brooke Murphy
September 14, 2016

As patient satisfaction scores are increasingly linked to provider reimbursement, it's critically important hospitals resolve instances where patients report great clinical outcomes and negative experiences with billing.

Healthcare IT News
CommonWell Health Alliance to open access to patient data

By Mike Miliard
August 23, 2016

Eight EHR and patient portal developers in the CommonWell Health Alliance will enable patients at their provider clients to access their health data, allowing them to self-enroll in the network, link their health records at different care providers and view their data across the network.

Becker's Hospital CFO
Consumerism and RCM: 3 challenges posed by high deductibles & how to meet them

By Emily Rappleye
August 10, 2016

As high deductible health plans become more common, patients are becoming the new payers. This puts responsibility back in the hands of the provider to provide a consumer-friendly billing experience and collection strategy to maintain the speed of the revenue cycle management process.

Becker's Hospital CFO
5 characteristics of a successful value-based model

By Kelly Gooch
August 1, 2016

At the Becker's Hospital Review 2nd Annual CIO/HIT + Revenue Cycle Conference, Douglas J. Moeller, MD, medical director with McKesson Health Solutions, discussed the five characteristics of a successful value-based model.

Becker's Hospital CFO
'Avoid the tyranny of the benchmark': How data analytics can transform RCM

By Anuja Vaidya
August 3, 2016

Revenue cycle management is becoming increasingly complex as the healthcare landscape evolves and patients become more conscientious of the money spent on healthcare.

In a session at the Becker's Hospital Review 2nd Annual CIO/HIT + Revenue Cycle Conference, experts discussed the complexity of revenue cycle processes today and how data analysis can make it easier to manage. Read more to learn about the last five years in analytics, how healthcare systems are measuring the propensity to pay and how to prevent common coding and billing errors.

HIT Consultant
5 Best Practices for Leveraging Analytics in Population Health

By Erica Garvin
June 7, 2016

For healthcare providers, value-based care isn't just an operational incentive anymore, it's now an imperative for basic survival. As a result, many executives now consider it vitally important to redesign health system services for population health, according a recent Advisory Board Company Survey.

MACRA backers tell providers: Now is your last chance to sway the outcome

By Jeff Byers
May 20, 2016

While MACRA is a huge legislative step from volume to value, it's still a proposed rule and can be changed. Whether it is a perception of undue burden on small practices or the implementation timeline is too aggressive, submit comments and make your voice heard to CMS to suggest changes. The agency will take public comments on the MACRA implementation proposed rule until June 27.

Health Data Management
Joint venture targets services at providers joining ACOs

May 4, 2016

McKesson Corp. and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona have created a joint venture to deliver a range of services and technologies to providers joining accountable care organizations, and they're looking for other insurers to participate in the initiative.

Patient Engagement HIT
How Health IT Improves Hospital Patient Satisfaction Scores

By Sara Heath
May 3, 2016

Western Reserve Hospital had large pateint volume and a disjointed clinical workflow that was resulting in a lagging patient satisfaction score. However, all that improved after the hospital implemented a suite of new health information technology. Through the use of various different healthcare devices, hospital staff were able to reshape their clinical workflows, streamlining care and improving patient satisfaction.
PHRs: What's stopping more consumers from viewing them

By Meg Bryant
April 14, 2016

In study published in last month’s Journal of Medical Internet Research, researchers from Johns Hopkins University, the National Cancer Institute, and Ohio State University predicted that adoption of patient health records could reach 75% by 2020.

To many observers, that forecast seems woefully optimistic. Physician resistance, interoperability challenges, patient identify issues, and the usability of different portal technologies all stand in the way of widespread use. In addition, some medical practices and health systems charge a fee for accessing their portal, which can discourage patient use.
Expert population health tips for value-based reimbursement

By Shaun Sutner
April 7, 2016

In this "Ask the Expert," Jonathan Niloff, M.D., vice president and chief medical officer for McKesson Corporation's Connected Care and Analytics unit, outlines key population health strategies for value-based reimbursement.
HIMSS: Prioritizing radiology reads benefits workflow, patient care

March 2, 2016

As emergency room (ER) physicians become increasingly dependent on imaging to rapidly diagnose their patients, radiology departments are under greater pressure to prioritize reads, turn around reports, and keep patients moving in overcrowded conditions.

To learn how Nyack Hospital used workflow intelligence in the ER to help manage timely evaluations, radiology requests and performance benchmarks.

Health Data Management
HIT Think: Ways to get physicians to support clinical data analysis initiatives

March, 2016

As information technology investments shift from electronic health records to analytics applications, the process of getting clinician support starts all over again. Fresh off the effort to get physicians to use electronic health records, providers may face similar challenges in getting them engaged with analytics.

Becker’s Helath IT & CIO Review
Beware the EMR “ripple effect”

By David Dyke
February, 2016

During many EMR migrations, healthcare finance departments often experience increases in accounts receivable days and claim denials increase, along with a dip in cash flow. By identifying and addressing potential revenue cycle issues prior to implementation and as part of the EMR workflow, provider organizations can stay on track and maintain positive financial performance during the transition.

Health Data Management
20 People to Watch in Healthcare IT in 2016

December, 2015

After much progress and turmoil in the healthcare industry this past year, health information technology is poised to play a big role as reforms take hold and IT becomes a significant tool to support changes in care delivery and reimbursement. Here are some of the leaders expected to make large contributions to the discussion on HIT, and provide guidance on where the industry needs to go.

Healthcare Informatics
ONC’s DeSalvo Aggressively Pushes HIE Connectivity in 2016

By Rajiv Leventhal
December 10, 2015

A range of health IT experts have agreed with this sentiment in various interviews with Healthcare Informatics over the past several months. Arien Malec, vice president of data platform and acquisition tools for RelayHealth (the Alpharetta, Ga.-based McKesson business unit that focuses on improving clinical connectivity) said in an October interview with HCI that while the industry has made progress, “We are just not moving fast enough from a provider perspective, and that’s a perspective I absolutely agree with. We are in that place where we have a lot of electronic records and are starting major initiatives to connect them all, but we are in the middle of it and looks messy right now,” Malec said at the time.

New medical imaging technologies shown at busy RSNA 2015

By Shaun Sutner
December 1, 2015

McKesson Corp. is widely known as a vendor of EHR systems, but the $137 billion San Francisco-based healthcare company is really a diversified enterprise, with a big presence in the medical imaging world. Executives from more than 650 companies and organizations, including McKesson, were here to woo customers and showcase new products at the 101st Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, RSNA 2015 -- the continent's biggest healthcare tech conference.

Diagnostic Imaging
Looking to RSNA 2015: Radiology’s Journey to Value

By Tomer Levy
November 17, 2015

As the industry prepares for RSNA15, everyone is looking ahead to what the next 100 years holds for imaging, specifically our commitment to the transition to value-based care (VBC). This evolution is very much alive today, and many imaging professionals and health care leaders are at an interesting point in the journey, which is a topic that will certainly be a central focus at the show. The road ahead for imaging is paved with major operational changes that are necessary in order to meet higher demands for quality. With imaging accounting for an estimated 25 percent of Medicare beneficiary costs, most providers are carefully considering how they can optimize their core diagnostic imaging processes.  While the knee jerk reaction is to decrease the number of imaging procedures that are being performed, it is important that health care leaders take a broader, enterprise approach and evaluate the role that imaging currently plays in achieving better outcomes while reducing costs.

Health IT Analytics
What Makes for a Successful Accountable Care Organization?

By Jennifer Bresnick
November 05, 2015

Accountable care organizations are becoming increasingly popular as payers seek new strategies to cut costs, but what makes a healthcare provider more likely to receive its own benefits from the value-based reimbursement structure? Medicare and private payers have both pinned a large part of their financial hopes on developing the accountable care organization, which aims to improve coordination, cut costs, and raise quality in a fiscally responsible – but somewhat risky – manner. The Next Generation ACO promises larger financial returns without some of the benchmarking flaws inherent in the older iterations of the ACO system, and may be a better match for some organizations.

Modern Healthcare
Few EHRs score well on new AMA usability ratings

By Joseph Conn
October 28, 2015

Only three electronic health-record systems got perfect scores for usability—two made by Allscripts and one by McKesson Corp.—out of 20 products rated by the American Medical Association and a group of researchers.

Wall Street Journal
McKesson’s CIO on the Opportunity in Big-Data Analytics

By Kim S. Nash
Oct. 25, 2015

At McKesson, Ms. McElligott is responsible for the company’s internal information-technology operation. She also is helping drive strategy for the firm’s Technology Solutions business, a supplier of software and other systems for health-care providers, payers and consumers. Although the technology arm is a small part of McKesson’s business, accounting for about 2% of its $179 billion in 2014 sales, the company sees it as an area of potential growth. McKesson has spent $13.2 billion on acquisitions since 2009, and last December it created a venture-capital arm to invest in tech startups like Kyruus, a provider of software that matches patients with physicians. The Wall Street Journal talked to Ms. McElligott about the technology changes taking place in the health-care industry.

Health Data Management
Can ICD-10 be This Smooth or Has Reality Not Struck?

By Joeseph Goedert
October 21, 2015

The relatively smooth transition to ICD-10 has been a pleasant surprise for other healthcare organizations as the final one-year delay to ICD-10 compliance gave the industry more time to prepare. Overall, the industry appears to have cleared a huge first hurdle, but how well it handles remittance advices will be the next challenge. While early remittance looks good with no spike in payment denials and reasonable reimbursements, the industry may not know before Thanksgiving how remittance trends will continue.

Healthcare Informatics
Health IT Expert Urges Providers, Vendors to Take Action for “Person-Centered Interoperability

By Rajiv Leventhal
October 14, 2015

"Leventhal sits down with Arien Malec, vice president of data platform and acquisition tools for RelayHealth, to find out what he disliked about the recent GAO report and what the industry can do to better achieve interoperability. “Our perspective is that with a clear enough picture and destination, and with efforts like CommonWell and the Argonaut Project, I think we have proven that as an industry we can rise to the challenge and do the work to improve interoperability."

Managed Care
Value = (Quality + Outcomes) / Cost

By Peter Wehrwein
August 2015

The search is on for ways to pay for health care that make value more important than volume. American health care is the most expensive health care in the world, gobbling up over 16% of GDP. It may also be the global leader in coining buzzwords and catchphrases. The current fav: value-based—as in value-based care, value-based payment, value-based reimbursement. It seems like everything good and wholesome in health care these days is value-based.

Business Wire
RelayHealth Named a Leader in Clinical Data Exchange by IDC

September 01, 2015

RelayHealth today announced that it has been named a leader in clinical data exchange in the IDC MarketScape report, U.S. Health Information Exchange Packaged Solutions 2015 Vendor Assessment. Representing the largest market share, RelayHealth was noted for its scalability and ease of integration. In the report, the IDC states that “… a key differentiator is that RelayHealth is delivered as a true single-instance multitenant SaaS solution.

Advance Healthcare Network
Payers, Providers and Now Pharma: The new partners in value-based care

By Dr. Jonathan Niloff
August 3, 2015

The introduction of Value-Based Care (VBC) is causing profound changes among all constituents in the healthcare industry. New incentives are changing business models and the lines between payers and providers are blurring. All types of providers – from pharmacists to physicians – are taking on new roles and responsibilities in an effort to coordinate care across the continuum and forge new relationships based on collaboration.

HealthIT & mHealth
How McKesson is Preparing for the HL7® FHIR® Standard

By Jamie Titak
July 29, 2015

The next generation of standards created by Health Level Seven (HL7) is FHIR®, which combines features from HL7®v2, HL7®v3 and CDA®. I was fortunate enough to have a conversation with Sally Love Connally, VP of Strategy and Business Development at McKesson, to learn more about McKesson’s perspective on FHIR and how they are currently using the new technology.

McKesson: The healthcare tech giant you've probably never heard of

By Verne Kopytoff
July 27, 2015

McKesson doesn’t have the name recognition of companies like AT&T, Bank of America, and Walt Disney. But it does beat them on one key point: It’s bigger. McKesson, a pharmaceutical supplier, is a healthcare industry giant with annual sales exceeded by only a handful of U.S. companies. Chances are that if you take prescription pills, McKesson delivered them somewhere along the way. But the company also has a massive technology arm that supplies the healthcare industry with electronic health care records, data analysis and software for managing medical facilities. As technology becomes even more important in the medical field, McKesson  hopes to be even more in the mix.

Wall Street Journal
Longtime McKesson CIO Says Focus Shifted to Business From IT

By: Steven Norton
July 11, 2015

After nearly 40 years in IT, Randy Spratt, chief information officer (CIO) at McKesson, shares his lessons learned, including his perceptions of how the CIO role has evolved to a focus on business.
Steve Stanic, VP & CIO, Mississippi Baptist Health System, Chapter 2

By: Kate Gamble
June 30, 2015

In this podcast interview, Steve Stanic explains why he believes the “Meaningful Use” requirements around patient portals are “the toughest measure to hit” and shares his team’s five-point engagement strategy.

Healthcare Dive
How bundled payments and ACOs impact providers differently

By: Julie Henry
July 11, 2015

As Medicare moves away from a fee-for-service payment model to value-based reimbursement models, other insurers are following suit. The two main payment models are affordable care organizations (ACOs) and bundled payments. Jonathan Niloff, M.D., vice president and chief medical officer, McKesson Connected Care & Analytics, provides insights on how the two differ and their implications for providers.
Steve Stanic, VP & CIO, Mississippi Baptist Health System, Chapter 1

By: Kate Gamble
June 25, 2015

Like many CIOs, Steve Stanic has a love-hate relationship with Meaningful Use. In this podcast interview, Stanic shares his honest thoughts about the program that has helped revolutionize the industry and discusses the biggest projects on his plate, including the migration to McKesson Paragon®, and his team’s five-point engagement strategy.

Becker’s Hospital Review
10 centerpieces of a strong population health strategy

By: Molly Gamble
May 15, 2015

Jeb Dunkelberger, executive director of corporate partnerships for Business Performance Services at McKesson, has observed 10 traits of leaders and organizations that mark a strong population health strategy.

Healthcare Data Management
Turning a profit under accountable care

By: Joe Goedert
June 1, 2015

The industry is rapidly moving to accountable care with value-based reimbursement. Whether an accountable care organization (ACO) struggles or succeeds hinges on having robust information technologies and making the necessary process changes to manage quality and cost. Industry experts such as Jonathan Niloff, M.D, M.B.A., CMO at McKesson, share their insights. Dr. Niloff outlines the competencies providers need to succeed with value-based contracts.

Healthcare Informatics
Opening the Door to True Health Information Sharing

By: Rajiv Leventhal
May 28, 2015

As health care moves toward pay for quality rather than fee for service, incentives to be able to share data increase.

Currently data-sharing standards are changing from document-centric (HL7) to discreet data element (FHIR). As systems move to the new standard, not all technical issues have been solved and there are some concerns of potential regulation. As the industry works toward interoperability, the goal is for healthcare providers to be able to access the health record wherever it is.

Readers Write: The Journey to Value-Based Care: Lessons Learned from Aviation

By: David Nace, M.D.
April 27, 2015

There have been many challenges for healthcare providers on the path to value-based care. The Meaningful Use and EHR certification programs have left some healthcare providers confused about how they are being evaluated and feeling they have no control.

Despite the challenges, some healthcare providers are starting to find ways to collaborate and understand new technologies and methodologies.

Healthcare Data Management
Population Health Veteran Shares Lessons Learned

By: Joe Goedert
April 14, 2015

Success or failure with ACOs is dependent on several legacy experiences within an organization, such as whether the executive team has experience at managing risk, have the appropriate technologies, and have positioned the physician community to manage the change, says Jonathan Niloff, M.D, CMO at software vendor McKesson Corp.

Just One-Third of Hospitals IT-Ready for Population Health

By: Bruce Japsen
April 14, 2015

As the U.S. health system shifts away from fee-for-service medicine to value-based care, just one-third of hospitals say they have the necessary information technology systems in place to manage populations of patients.
A new survey unveiled at the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference says about one-third, or 38% of U.S. hospitals and health systems surveyed “indicated that population health tools were in place in their organization.”

McKesson Rolls Out Conserus; will amplify image capabilities of EHRs

By: Dave Pearson
April 16, 2015

During HIMSS15, McKesson showcased Conserus, a new, vendor-neutral IT suite aimed at helping healthcare providers orchestrate workflows and increase interoperability – not least by image-enabling their EHR systems.

The software array offers enterprise worklists driven by clinical and business logic, an enterprise image repository and a clinical data exchange.

Health IT News
McKesson gears up for the next era

By: Mike Miliard
April 8, 2015

McKesson's motto and mission statement for 2015 is "Focus Ahead for Better Health," according to Jennifer Anderson, vice president of Marketing for McKesson Technology Solutions – a recognition that we're entering a new era of smarter, more connected care.

Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review
4 Unique Perspectives on Value-based Reimbursement: Hurdles, fears and ideas for collaboration

By: Emily Rappleye
April 16, 2015

As healthcare organizations begin to shift to value-based care, it becomes evident physicians, hospitals, payers and pharmacies will need to work together in ways they never have before.

Four thought leaders share what value-based care means to them, the challenges they face, their fears and best practices to survive the transition.

Wall Street Journal
Electronic Medical Records Get a Boost: Providers team up to provide seamless sharing of patient data

By: Laura Landro
February 20, 2015

Electronic-medical-records systems may soon start speaking the same language.

Now government and industry initiatives are under way to make the sharing of data easier. The goal is to create networks with the same level of seamless and expansive interoperability as ATMs and cellular phone networks, with the ability to securely exchange patient data among multiple providers free or for a nominal fee.

Healthcare IT News
5 steps to population health management

By Jonathan Niloff, MD, McKesson
February 11, 2015

Performance enhancement may be achieved through a multi-step approach.
In 2014, funding for digital healthcare technology companies reached $2.3 billion—surpassing the previous year’s total, according to Rock Health. This comes as no surprise as healthcare technology adoption has also steadily increased among providers in an effort to improve care and reduce costs, particularly around population health management.

Executive Insight
Innovative Trends & Technologies

By Todd Tabel, vice president ERP and Supply Chain Solutions, McKesson Technology Solutions
Jan. 16, 2015

Healthcare providers may need superhuman strength to maintain margins in 2015.

Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review
McKesson launches IT solution for community hospitals

Written by Emily Rappleye
Jan. 14, 2015

McKesson announced today the launch of Paragon Community Plus, an IT solution designed specifically for community hospitals. Paragon Community Plus adds support services to McKesson's Microsoft-based Paragon EHR. The solution provides implementation, remote hosting and post go-live services, including prebuilt content, recommended practices based on information from similarly-sized facilities, infrastructure support 24/7 every day of the year and user training from McKesson experts.

Health Management Technology
5 steps to improve documentation accuracy

By Bess Ann Bredemeyer, BSN, R.N., CHC, CPC, senior director of consulting, McKesson Business Performance Services
Jan. 12, 2015

According to a July 2011 HealthLeaders Intelligence Report, 60 percent of respondents expect the transition to ICD-10 to negatively impact cash flow. The No. 1 reason cited: incomplete physician documentation.

Healthcare Informatics
Opportunities Abound for CMS’ First Chief Data Officer

By Rajiv Leventhal
Dec. 23, 2014

Industry expert  (Arien Malec) discusses challenges, opportunities for Niall Brennan, the agency’s first CDO.

Last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the formation of the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics (OEDA) to oversee improvements in data collection and dissemination as the agency strives to be more transparent.

Becker's Health IT & CIO Review
Anticipating future data needs: First step toward successful IT upgrade

By Dr. Michael Blackman, Chief Medical Officer, McKesson Enterprise Information Solutions 
Dec. 4, 2014

As an industry, health care is heading into a cycle during which hundreds, if not thousands, of health care provider organizations – including hospitals, health systems and medical practices – will replace or significantly upgrade their health care information technology systems.

Healthcare Informatics
LIVE FROM RSNA: McKesson, Siemens Executives Explain their Strategies

By Mark Hagland
Dec. 1, 2014

The RSNA annual conference, sponsored every year by the Radiological Society of North America and held every year at the vast McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, is always a study in contrasts, on many levels and along many dimensions.

ICD10 Watch — Healthcare IT News/Healthcare Finance News
Guest Post: ICD-10 Readiness: Countdown considerations

November 04, 2014

The recent ICD-10 Industry Readiness Survey by the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) confirms what I have suspected and have been experiencing in the field – the delay of the ICD-10 rollout has bred procrastination, especially among providers.

Read full story.

Joshua Berman, Director of Analytics and ICD-10 at RelayHealth Financial.

Becker’s Hospital Review
Why we switched to McKesson

By Helen Gregg
October 09, 2014

Part 3 of a series exploring providers' decisions to change EHR vendors.

When Joe Freudenberger became CEO of OakBend Medical Center in 2007, the hospital was running the Meditech MAGIC platform without an EHR, and it did not provide many of the functionalities the organization needed.

"It was not adequate from a clinical standpoint, it wasn't supporting our quality initiatives," says Mr. Freudenberger.

Listen to C-suite executives at OakBend Medical Center explain the value that Paragon® brings to their business and their patients.
McKesson Debuts ‘Care Manager’

Sept. 22, 2014

McKesson reported a new care management workflow and documentation solution - McKesson Care Manager - specifically designed for the provider environment to help affect patient behavior and improve clinical and financial outcomes.
McKesson Receives CAQH CORE III Certification

Sept. 11, 2014

McKesson Payer Connectivity Services reported that it has earned a CAQH Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange (CORE) Vendor Phase III Certification Seal. The company said that this certification furthers efficiency in healthcare by helping health plans stay compliant with federal regulations while maintaining communication with providers, which is critical to successful care and payment coordination.

HFM Magazine
5 Ways Physician Practices Can More Effectively Manage Payer Contracts

By Rob Saunders, senior consultant, McKesson Business Performance Services
September 2014

Leveraging payer contracts requires that physician practices establish the right infrastructure, training, and expertise to review contracts and contract performance and to negotiate with payers.

Becker’s Hospital Review
Understanding the medical mind: Successful physician engagement strategies should extend beyond financial reward

By John Wallace, vice president and general manager, ACO Services McKesson Business Performance Services
Sept. 3, 2014

How to engage physicians without spending more. The rise of accountable care organizations and related value-based purchasing agreements mark an historic shift in the way healthcare is organized, delivered and paid for in the United States.

HFM Magazine
Navigating the sea of change in healthcare

By Matt Whalen, director of product management, McKesson Connected Care & Analytics
Aug. 11, 2014

Are we designing our population health management programs to serve the consumer in the year 2000 or today and beyond? The power of digital technology continues to make waves throughout the healthcare industry – especially in the area of employee health and wellness. To gain perspective, consider the dramatic changes that have occurred in how people communicate with each other over the past 15 to 20 years.

Becker’s Hospital Review
Not seeing cost saving results in supply chain? 5 underlying issues

By Akanksha Jayanthi
Aug. 8, 2014

Restructuring and implementing supply chain support systems may not be enough for hospitals to realize their full savings potential. To fully grasp supply chain efficiency and savings, organizations must first address five key business issues that are at the foundation of the inefficiencies, writes Todd Tabel, vice president of McKesson.

McKesson on Tour: Local Health in Every City

By Nicole Fisher
Aug. 7, 2014

Providing quality health care begins at the local LOCM -0.6% level, with individuals and communities evaluating how people want, need and really access care. One company believes that its ability to bridge the conversation between payers, providers, innovators and manufacturers can improve health technology and outcomes. Through its Better Health Tour, San Francisco-based McKesson’s simple goal is to create conversations between local health innovators and experts that serve as a catalyst for change.