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Tweets of the Week (3.30.12)
March 30, 2012 1:57 PM by Adrianne OBrien
SCOTUS and the healthcare law, data breaches, patient engagement. What else have your colleagues been discussing? Find out in this week's Twitter list. And be sure to follow Executive Insight by going to @ExecInsight ! Healthcare IT News Inside the Court: Read More...
Conservative Justices May Strike Down Entire Healthcare Law
March 29, 2012 8:09 AM by Jill Hoffman
The Supreme Court's conservative justices indicated on Wednesday they are prepared to strike down President Obama’s healthcare law entirely if the high court strikes down the law's individual mandate to purchase health insurance, according to The Los Read More...
Cleveland Clinic Seeks to Hire 600 RNs
March 28, 2012 12:01 PM by Jill Hoffman
Cleveland Clinic is seeking to hire approximately 600 registered nurses at a career fair March 28-30 at Cleveland Browns Stadium. The Stanley Shalom Zielony Institute for Nursing Excellence organized the event, called “ Nursing Now at Cleveland Clinic, Read More...
Total Cost of Care: What Is It?
March 27, 2012 3:31 PM by Adrianne OBrien
Editor's note: This blog was written by Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE, founder and president, BusinessFirst Healthcare Solutions. In 2009, the healthcare sector represented 17.6 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). Economists predict that without Read More...
Healthcare Executives Get 2.5% Median Raises in 2012
March 27, 2012 2:09 PM by Jill Hoffman
Results from the Integrated Healthcare Strategies Spring 2012 Salary Increase, Incentive, and Benefit Updates Survey reveal that nearly 90% of hospitals and health systems are either retaining or increasing 2011 salary increase budgets for 2012. Although Read More...
AHA to Host Calls on Proposed Stage 2 MU
March 26, 2012 11:08 AM by Jill Hoffman
To help the American Hospital Association (AHA) develop comments on two recently proposed rules for Stage 2 meaningful use (MU) of electronic health records, the association will host the first of three 90-minute conference calls on March 29 to receive Read More...
Tweets of the Week (3.23.12)
March 23, 2012 10:50 AM by Adrianne OBrien
Patient engagement. Meaningful use stage 2 predicaments. And are we ready to even talk about ICD-11? Check out our weekly roundup of healthcare topics on Twitter. And be sure to follow Executive Insight by going to ExecInsight ! Steve Sisko For those Read More...
Work/Life Balance Advice
March 21, 2012 2:44 PM by Lynn
The majority of us are finding it more difficult to keep our heads above water with professional and personal responsibilities piling up. Years ago I heard such a strong time management-related advice from clinical laboratory consultant Christopher Frings, Read More...
Daily Aspirin Reduces Long-term Cancer Death Risk, Study Finds
March 21, 2012 12:16 PM by Jill Hoffman
In a study published March 21 in the Lancet , researchers found that daily aspirin reduces the long-term risk of death due to cancer. However, the short-term effect is less certain – especially in women. The effects on cancer incidence and benefit for Read More...
Depression Increases Death Risk in Coronary Stent Patients
March 20, 2012 11:08 AM by Jill Hoffman
Depression increases the risk of death in patients who have a coronary stent implanted, according to research presented at the 12th Annual Spring Meeting on Cardiovascular Nursing (March 16-17) in Copenhagen, Denmark. After seven years of follow up, depressed Read More...
Data Security & Thumb Drives
March 19, 2012 10:43 AM by Adrianne OBrien
Editor's note: This blog was written by Terrell W. Herzig, MSHI, CISSP, Information Security Officer/Adjunct Professor of Health Informatics for UAB Health System, Birmingham, Alabama/University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He wrote it in a response Read More...
NCQA Invites Public Input on ACO Measures
March 19, 2012 8:26 AM by Jill Hoffman
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) invites the public’s input on proposed technical specifications that support NCQA’s Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) Accreditation. Because the ACO standards require organizations to monitor performance Read More...
Small Medical Offices are Fastest-growing EHR Adopters
March 15, 2012 12:37 PM by Jill Hoffman
Small medical offices with one or two physicians in the practice are the fastest-growing segment for adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHR) software, according to the latest results of an ongoing study by SK&A, a Cegedim company, a provider of Read More...
Penn’s Amazing Achievements
March 14, 2012 10:42 AM by Lynn
Some members of my Editorial team toured the wonderful laboratories at University of Pennsylvania/Penn Medicine last week. I wanted to help spread the word of some of their significant achievements. For example, a new treatment for leukemia, called CART Read More...
Commission Studies Physician Pay Link to Patient Care
March 12, 2012 1:57 PM by Jill Hoffman
The Society of General Internal Medicine has launched a commission of physicians, healthcare executives and business leaders to assess how physicians’ pay and incentives are linked to patient care. The National Commission on Physician Payment Reform will Read More...
Tweets of the Week (3.9.12)
March 9, 2012 9:36 AM by Adrianne OBrien
Meaningful use stage 2. The ACO final rule. CIOs and IT consultants. What else was going on this week in healthcare? Check out our latest tweet roundup. And be sure to follow Executive Insight by going to @ExecInsight ! @TheACCoP ACO final rule includes Read More...
Adapting to Disruptive Change: Key Survival Skills
March 8, 2012 12:12 PM by Adrianne OBrien
Editor's note: This blog was written by Ron Wince, president/CEO of Guidon Performance Solutions. He has advised hospitals, healthcare institutions and world-class organizations such as Kaiser Permanente, Aetna, the American Red Cross, the Cleveland Clinic Read More...
Insurer Executive Salaries: Where’s the Accountability?
March 8, 2012 10:58 AM by Jill Hoffman
I saw an article today in FierceHealthPayer reporting that Cigna CEO David Cordani received $19.1 million in total compensation for 2011—a 25 percent increase from his 2010 pay, and that Humana’s CEO Michael McCallister received a 19 percent pay hike Read More...
Effects of ‘Super Tuesday’
March 7, 2012 8:47 AM by Lynn
Now that the so-called "Super Tuesday" is behind us, what impact do you anticipate it having on the election and, ultimately, healthcare reform? Too soon to tell? Care to speculate? Many people shy away from making bold political statements (with the Read More...
Why is Healthcare CEO Turnover So High?
March 6, 2012 3:51 PM by Adrianne OBrien
CEO turnover in healthcare is outpacing that in other industries, and the reason may have something to do with healthcare reform. Not the concepts, but the sheer amount of work involved. According to a Feb. 29 Daily Briefing article , many healthcare Read More...
Stage 2 MU To Be Implemented in 2014, Stage 3 in 2016
March 5, 2012 8:59 AM by Jill Hoffman
After Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced in February the next steps for providers using electronic health record (EHR) technology and receiving incentive payments from Medicare and Medicaid, here is the estimated timeline Read More...
Hospitals Expand Networks to Accommodate BYOD Policies
March 1, 2012 11:21 AM by Jill Hoffman
Eight-five percent of hospitals support a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) networking policy, allowing physicians and staff to use their personal gadgets for work activities, according to a survey from Aruba Networks Inc. Nearly half of hospitals surveyed Read More...


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