Impact Insights

Week in Review 7/11/14

Hospitals & Health Networks reports that analytics and population health were big themes in their 2014 “Most Wired” survey.  According to the story, more than 60% of Most Wired hospitals use “predictive modeling and data to improve decision-making across multiple departments,” compared with less than half of all survey respondents. Additionally, 43% of Most Wired hospitals, compared with one third of all respondents, “integrate clinical and claims data that are accessible, searchable and reportable across the continuum of care.” Overall, 680 hospitals and health systems (representing a total of more than 1,900 hospitals) responded to the 2014 survey.  375 organizations were awarded the designation “Most Wired.”

Impact Advisors’ Thoughts:  Congratulations to all who achieved recognition! A number of our clients made the list (which can be downloaded in full here) and we are thrilled by their success.


Through July 1st, only 128 hospitals have attested to Meaningful Use for 2014 and only 10 have attested to Stage Two. CMS’ presentation notes that the numbers only include hospitals that used the first or second reporting period of 2014 (either Oct ‘13 through Dec ’13 or Jan ‘14 through Mar ‘14). That caveat notwithstanding, these numbers are still low. The 128 hospitals that have attested to any Meaningful Use Stage so far in 2014 represent only three percent of eligible hospitals nationwide.

Impact Advisors’ Thoughts: These are the first numbers since CMS issued the proposed rule that would give significant flexibility around which edition of CEHRT providers can use, and which Stage of MU they can attest to, in 2014.  There is still no clear indication on when we might be able to expect the Final Rule, though we hope that is soon.


Becker’s Hospital Review has published a list of 70 ACO-type arrangements announced to date in 2014The announcements are group by month, starting with the most recent. Becker’s also provides a brief description that includes details on each initiative and a link to a full story covering the announcement.

Impact Advisors’ Thoughts:  Accountable Care initiatives continue to evolve, especially as private payers roll out new programs and partnerships. This article is definitely worth reading if you are interested in ACO activity in a certain region or if you’re interested in the latest ACO structuring.