Moving the Conversation Forward: End-of-Life Care

Posted On: May 19th, 2015

By Karen Utterback
Vice President, Strategy, McKesson
Moving the Conversation Forward on End-of-Life Care

We all know instinctively that death is the natural end to every living being, but many adults aren’t taking steps to have critical end-of-life care discussions with loved ones and friends. Following up to a landmark report I wrote about … Continue Reading

Second Act for ACOs Focuses on Home Care and Telehealth

Posted On: May 12th, 2015

By Karen Utterback
Vice President, Strategy, McKesson
Second Act for ACOs Focuses on Home Care and Telehealth

Recognizing the importance of sophisticated care coordination, post-discharge home services and access to telehealth programs, CMS’s Next Generation ACO Model includes additional coverage for all these areas. The model was announced at the beginning of March, with the Centers for … Continue Reading

ICD-10 Training Should Top Your To-Do List

Posted On: May 5th, 2015

By Karen Utterback
Vice President, Strategy, McKesson
ICD-10 Training Should Top Your To-Do List

A last-minute amendment last year to legislation regarding the sustainable growth rate for physicians, delayed the implementation of ICD-10 coding for one year, with a new deadline set for October 1, 2015. But this year’s permanent fix, signed by President … Continue Reading

Value-based Care Models Gain Momentum

Posted On: April 21st, 2015

By Karen Utterback
Vice President, Strategy, McKesson
Value-based Care Models Gain Momentum

The movement toward value-based care shows no signs of letting up, as evidenced by last month’s official kickoff of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network. Since the network was announced in January by the Department of Health and … Continue Reading

Track referral sources, maintain compliance

Posted On: April 14th, 2015

By Karen Utterback
Vice President, Strategy, McKesson
Track referral sources, maintain compliance

Who are your customers? That may sound like an obvious question, but think about it for a minute. Are your customers the patients your organization serves day in and day out? Or are they the physicians, health systems and care … Continue Reading