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November 1, 2010
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Each week, Sharon Canner, Sr. Director of Advocacy for the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, reports on the latest legislative developments from Washington, D.C.


Validating P4P Improvements: The Data Is In

Richard Bankowitz, M.D., enterprise-wide chief medical officer of Premier, discusses his organization's experience with quality-based purchasing. Premier healthcare alliance's core program in this area, the CMS/Premier Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration (HQID) program, has seen an overall average improvement in measured patient care quality of 17 percent during the first four years of the HQID demonstration project. The program is cited in a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine as evidence that pay-for-performance programs can be useful for all types of hospitals, particularly those that care for impoverished populations.

Native American Clinic Provides Proactive Healthcare

The Peter Christiansen Clinic, which is part of the Lac du Flambeau Reservation in northern Wisconsin, has seen tangible benefits in improved healthcare to its patients, as well as significant cost savings since going live with electronic health records five years ago. Michael Popp, who is the clinic's IT manager, clinical coordinator, and HIPAA officer, explains how the clinic uses EHR to track diabetes, the No. 1 diagnosis among its patient population, as well as gain better control over its billing and account receivables.

Creating a National Provider Directory

Micky Tripathi, president and CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, and chairman of the HIT Policy Committee Information Exchange Workgroup, explains how the workgroup is pursuing the use of state directories to support provider and patient information exchanges, as well as public health reporting. It is one of the first in the country to focus on this particular issue.

Is Mobile PHR the New Killer App?

Paul H. Keckley, Ph.D., executive director of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, Washington, D.C., which follows disruptive innovations in healthcare, comments on the findings of “The Mobile Personal Health Record,” which states: “The personal health record embedded in mobile communications devices is the ‘killer app’ that may change the game for providers, consumers, and payers.” The key, he says, is that relatively inexpensive and widely used mobile communication devices could both send and receive patient data.