A Signal Moment in Healthcare Reimbursement: The Feds Send a Clear Signal on Payment Reform

January 27, 2015     Mark Hagland
blog
The set of announcements around Medicare payment reform released on Jan. 26 by the Department of Health and Human Services couldn’t be any clearer on the fundamental direction in which federal reimbursement is headed

A New Twist on the Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth Trend

January 27, 2015     Gabriel Perna
article
In North Carolina, one doctor believes in the direct-to-consumer telehealth trend but not if it's a random doctor. Kevin Biese, M.D. explains in this Q&A why this kind of telehealth should be done within the confines of a health network.

Colorado, Ohio Proposing Regulatory Changes Around Telehealth

January 27, 2015     Gabriel Perna
news
Two states--Colorado and Ohio--are proposing changes around the way telehealth services are used and reimbursed.

HIMSS HIE Survey Reveals Progress for Supporting MU

January 27, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
news
Health information exchanges (HIEs) are doing a better job supporting meaningful use Stage 2 than they were a year ago, according to an updated Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) HIE survey.

Building a Sustainable HIE Model in The Sunshine State

January 27, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
article
In Pensacola Fla., HIE presents an array of unique challenges, but one healthcare organization in the area is holding its own.

UVA Health System Launches eReferral/eConsult Pilot

January 27, 2015     Gabriel Perna
news
The University of Virginia Health System is piloting an eReferral/eConsultation initiative, the academic center recently announced.

Streamlined Staffing: Taking the Guesswork Out of Labor Allocation

January 27, 2015     John DeGaspari
article
At a time of continual change in the healthcare industry driven by an evolution in regulations, care delivery, and payment models amid rising demand for healthcare services, human resources professionals will be expected to do more with less.

Top Ten Tech Trends: "Survivor: Edition HIE"--Can Statewide HIEs Achieve Sustainability?

January 26, 2015     Mark Hagland
article
The answer is a qualified ‘yes,' statewide HIEs can achieve sustainability--but, say those in the know, it will take business realism and a strong dose of ingenuity

Obama Administration Sets Value-Based Reimbursement Goals

January 26, 2015     Gabriel Perna
news
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) wants 30 percent of traditional Medicare fee-for-service payments tied to a quality-driven, alternative payment model, such as an Accountable Care Organization (ACOs), by the end of next year.

Making Doctors Mobile: Zeroing in on Clinical Workflow

January 26, 2015     David Raths
article
Too often, doctors have gotten excited about the idea of viewing results on their iPads, only to have to seek out a PC with a keyboard in order to enter orders. But in 2015, with the increasing maturity of devices and software, some organizations are starting...

GUEST BLOG: 2015 Promises a Year of Value and Data-Driven Change

January 26, 2015     Linda Lockwood, R.N. and Mike Garzone
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A recent report stated that U.S. healthcare spending increased 3.6 percent to reach $2.9 trillion in 2013, the fifth consecutive year of growth. This unsustainable growth, the continued reimbursement squeeze on healthcare providers and relentless regulatory...

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A Signal Moment in Healthcare Reimbursement: The Feds Send a Clear Signal on Payment Reform

January 27, 2015     Mark Hagland
The set of announcements around Medicare payment reform released on Jan. 26 by the Department of Health and Human Services couldn’t be any clearer on the fundamental direction in which federal reimbursement is headed

Paul Tang’s New-Century Challenge: Time to Start Treating Patients Like People

January 26, 2015     Mark Hagland
At iHT2-San Diego, an appeal to healthcare leaders to begin thinking about person-centered healthcare—and to begin to think about the implications of the concept for care delivery going forward

Designing PHRs with Accessibility in Mind

January 22, 2015     David Raths
Because they are high-volume consumers of health care, people with disabilities would benefit greatly from accessible personal health records. The Accessible Designs for Personal Health Records project set out to design a prototype.

Healthcare Data Security: Battles are Being Lost, But the War Can Still be Won

January 21, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Right now, the healthcare industry is clearly losing the battle when it comes to data breaches. But as the old saying goes, you can lose battles and still win the war.

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