Cancer rate decline & Oncology Care Model

A great article about the decline of cancer death rate over a 25 year period. The article talks about how the rate of dying of cancer has reduced by 27% which is a huge considering that it translates to about 2.6 million fewer cancer related deaths in the United States. Cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide. Programs from CMS like the Oncology Care Model that I’ve recently had the opportunity to work on, have made an impact for cancer patients nationwide by providing higher quality and better coordinated oncology care at the same or lower cost to Medicare for many patients.

Check out the article. https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/08/health/cancer-death-rate-decline-us-study/index.html

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Healthcare Pricing Transparency

On January 1st, 2019, a curious thing happened. Healthcare provider organizations started to disclose patient pricing on their websites. CMS identified for all US hospitals that they make a list of current standard hospital charges in a machine readable format. To those who know me well, know that I have been advocating this move for many years and I am glad that CMS finally focused in this for patients to see the cost of their care up front.

Check out https//s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2018-16766.pdf for more information.

Happy New Year 2019

Here’s wishing all the readers of Healthcare Interoperability a very happy and healthy 2019. What will 2019 hold in store for us in the Healthcare IT ecosystem? How will we handle disruption? How will we leverage Artificial Intelligence in our daily lives in healthcare? As the ball drops, think about how our lives might change in 2019.

Keep smiling and thanks for reading Healthcare Interoperability.