CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt and National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD publish a blog post outlining the planned future of the EHR Incentive Program, noting that the transition to MACRA will change the focus from rewarding the meaningful use of EHR systems to “rewarding providers for the outcomes technology helps them achieve.”
UnitedHealth Group reports Q4 results: revenue of $43.6 billion beat analysts estimates and topped the insurers $33.4 billion revenue from the same period last year. UnitedHealth’s insurance exchange plans accounted for $720 million in losses between 2015 and 2016.
Digital Reasoning, a cognitive computing vendor, acquires Nashville-based Shareable for an undisclosed sum. Shareable’s mobile clinical documentation apps, clinical systems integration engine, and cloud-based middleware platform will be integrated into Digital Reasoning’s existing data analytics platform.
In Ireland, a nationwide electronic referral program will go live in March resulting in 95 percent of practices and all hospitals being able to exchange referrals electronically. Additionally, nearly all hospitals will be able to exchange diagnostic and and scanned images.