Small, Rural Hospitals Might Be Safer, More Cost Effective
Small, Rural Hospitals Might Be Safer, More Cost Effective

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The ONC’s Olive Branch

Just when the Meaningful Use program was on life support, the ONC makes two key announcements that seem to have healthcare leaders rallying around the program (and the organization) once again.

The Future Of Healthcare Depends On Price Transparency

A new Harris Poll suggests cost fears keep many people from visiting the doctor even if they are insured. This telling data is yet another illustration of the need for price transparency in healthcare.

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    The shift to Value-Based Care (VBC) has not been a seamless journey for the healthcare industry, specifically for providers. With a fast approaching, CMS-mandated VBC deadline for 2018 and an industry-wide initiative towards population health, the time is now for healthcare organizations to make strides toward the future model with the help of quality-driven clinicians supported by accessible, easy-to-use analytics.

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