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Optimizing Clinician Communications in Southern California

October 20, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
At Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California, Scott Raymond, R.N. has been leading an initiative that has helped to optimize clinician communications processes

CNIOs Go Strategic

October 20, 2016  |  Heather Landi
With new needs around population health and clinical transformation, the top nurse informaticist role—that of CNIO—is becoming more important than ever, launching CNIOs into newer and more executive roles than ever before.

Survey: Many Nurses Still Use Manual-Based Staffing, Scheduling Tools

October 13, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Eighty percent of nurse managers are not aware of technology-enabled solutions designed to help with managing and solving scheduling and staffing problems, according to a recent survey conducted by AMN Healthcare.

Scottsdale Health Partners’ CMO Explains How His ACO Has Beaten MSSP Expectations

September 11, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
James Whitfill, M.D., chief medical officer at Scottsdale Health Partners in Phoenix (now Innovation Care Partners) shares the innovations that he and his colleagues have employed to earn MSSP Program checks two years in a row

Survey: Average Salaries for Health IT Pros Increased, But Compensation Dropped for Executives, Nurses

August 11, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Healthcare executives and nurses saw their salaries decline last year, but salaries for healthcare IT professionals and physicians and surgeons increased, according to a Health eCareers 2016 Salary Guide.

Should Hospital Leaders See CMS’s Readmissions Penalties as an Operational Emergency Now?

August 6, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
The future of value-based payment is absolutely here right now, insofar as incentive-driven federal healthcare reimbursement is concerned

More Clarity on Cardiac Bundled Payments: Time to Look at Transitions to Post-Acute Care

August 4, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
A report in the American Journal of Managed Care online is shedding some light on some of the care transitions that will need to be optimized, as mandatory bundled payments are mandated for cardiac care

Study: Implementation of Integrated EHR System Improved Nursing Care Quality

July 28, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Incorporating electronic, evidenced-based practice tools into bedside nurses’ workflow promotes decision making at the point of care, which may improve patient care quality, such as reducing hospital-acquired falls, according to a recent study.

HHS Announces New Mandatory Bundled Payment Models for Cardiac Care, Focusing on MI and CABG

July 25, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Fee-for-service Medicare payment for heart attack care and coronary bypass surgery is about to be transformed, as HHS officials announced today new mandatory bundled payment models for inpatient cardiac care

Healthcare Association Advocacy Leaders Offer Perspectives on CMS’s MACRA Timeline Challenges

July 20, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
The statement made by CMS’s Andy Slavitt that the agency might provide some flexibility around the provisions of physician reporting under MACRA caused a stir among providers; still, the time is now to prepare, say advocacy leaders

With the Telehealth Revolution Already Underway, a Pair of Industry Experts Looks at the Remaining Barriers

July 18, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
It was very compelling to read a broad analysis of “The State of Telehealth,” authored by E. ray Dorsey, M.D. and Eric J. Topol, M.D., and published online last week in The New England Journal of Medicine

The New England Journal of Medicine Looks at the State of Telehealth

July 16, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
The New England Journal of Medicine has published a broad analytical overview of the state of telehealth, written by E. Ray Dorsey, M.D. and Eric J. Topol, M.D., and looking at some of the challenges and opportunities involved


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