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A Piece of the Pie

December 22, 2008
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Our two-part cover story looks at the millions of dollars in healthcare IT grants and other awards around the country, and how “CIOs in the know” can get their share. In Part I, “Show Me the (Grant) Money,” page 36, we'll show you how obtaining grants for certain kinds of community-focused IT development is possible — and what you need to do to get them. In Part II, “Ask Nicely,” page 42, we show you how healthcare organizations looking for grant money must appreciate the art and science behind the process. And we give you the details of where to find the money and the best practices in applying for it.

Medicare is stepping up the RAC (Recovery Audit Contractor) program — and the pressure is on as hospitals gear up for a new wave of audits. In “On the RAC,” page 23, we'll show you what CIOs can do to make sure the process goes smoothly. We also look at the latest developments in the often controversial program and show you where to find a silver lining in a process that many feel is a burden.

Management of patient flow is a complex issue that often causes headaches for hospital executives. In health organizations across the country, complaints are being registered about the valuable time that is wasted as staff members try to figure out what is causing bottlenecks, whether a certain room is available or a patient is ready, and which rooms need to be cleaned. In “Connecting the Dots,” page 27, we explore how patient flow systems are being leveraged to more efficiently manage beds, increase throughput, and provide clinicians with a more complete view of the patient care picture

In our second part of “The Future of Imaging: Executive and Expert Views,” page 33, a panel of experts discusses where imaging management is headed industry-wide in the next few years. Among the issues they will discuss are multi-year strategic planning for PACS implementation and replacement, new ways of looking at ROI for imaging management, the shift towards enterprise-wide imaging management and strategy, the evolution of the vendor product market, and relations with clinicians.

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