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CMS Proposal Promotes Better Inpatient Care
April 30, 2012 10:21 AM by Jill Hoffman
Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would update Medicare payment policies and rates for inpatient stays to general acute care hospitals paid under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Read More...
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Tweets of the Week (4.27.12)
April 26, 2012 2:14 PM by Adrianne OBrien
One day early (bonus)! Docs, consumers and EHR, health insurance stock outlook, and how to create a great infographic. Check out this week's Twitter list, and be sure to follow Executive Insight by going to @ExecInsight ! Don Fluckinger As more docs use Read More...
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FDA in the Hot Seat
April 25, 2012 10:42 AM by Lynn
Although the FDA has good intentions, it is often scrutinized for the amount of time it takes to review submissions, approve clinical trials and the like. And today is no exception. Expertbriefings.com released an article, “How the FDA Stifles New Cures, Read More...
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Survey: Providers Looking to Purchase Computer-Assisted Coding Technology
April 24, 2012 4:02 PM by Adrianne OBrien
Editor's note: This blog was written by Sharlene George, c o-editor of ADVANCE for Health Information Professionals . A survey conducted by KLAS , a research firm specializing in monitoring the performance of healthcare vendors, reports that many providers Read More...
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Tweets of the Week (4.20.12)
April 20, 2012 11:05 AM by Adrianne OBrien
The cost of patient-centered care. Overcoming adversity. Informatics versus health IT. And even Van Halen. Get this week’s healthcare news from the Twitterverse! And be sure to follow Executive Insight by going to @ExecInsight ! Christina Thielst Tools Read More...
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Improving Quality Through Effective Peer Review Evaluations
April 19, 2012 10:32 AM by Adrianne OBrien
Editor's note: This blog was written by Andrew Rowe, CEO of AllMed Healthcare Management, an independent review organization that provides external peer review services to hospital groups and ASCs. Hospitals continue to find it challenging to evaluate Read More...
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Politics as Usual?
April 18, 2012 9:21 AM by Lynn
With Rick Santorum’s departure in the political race, Mitt Romney and President Obama are in a tight sprint, according to this morning’s New York Times . Says the article, “Mitt Romney has solidified support within his party for the presidential nomination Read More...
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CMS Awards $111 Million Contract for Health IT
April 16, 2012 12:34 PM by Jill Hoffman
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded National Government Services Inc. a $111 million contract to support the Next Generation Desktop (NGD) for the next five years. NGD has held the contract since the NGD’s inception. The Read More...
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Tweets of the Week (4.13.12)
April 13, 2012 3:21 PM by Adrianne OBrien
The 3 traits shared by successful HIEs. The ICD-10 delay. Advertising to patients. Find out what other trends your colleagues were watching, and be sure to follow Executive Insight by going to @ExecInsight ! Harry Greenspun, MD What are 3 traits shared Read More...
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Mixed Messages?
April 11, 2012 11:15 AM by Lynn
Recently, the stock market has taken a hit from the less-than-stellar unemployment rate. While there’s been some jobs added in March, the numbers weren’t what analysts expected. However, it wasn’t so long ago that stocks responded to positive news (January Read More...
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HHS Proposes One-year Delay for ICD-10
April 10, 2012 12:25 PM by Jill Hoffman
Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a proposed rule to delay the compliance date for ICD-10 from Oct. 1, 2013 to Oct. 1, 2014. The ICD-10 compliance date change is part of a proposed rule that would adopt a standard Read More...
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Most Patient Record Storage is Like Hiding Money in a Mattress
April 9, 2012 4:19 PM by Adrianne OBrien
Editor's note: This blog was written by Craig K. Collins, president and CEO of Perminova Inc., La Jolla, CA. One weekend afternoon last fall, a burglar broke into an office and stole some computer equipment. That fairly commonplace crime resulted in one Read More...
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Longer Hospitalizations Cut Readmission Rate
April 9, 2012 12:55 PM by Jill Hoffman
Every extra day in the hospital after admission for acute heart failure corresponded to a significant drop in 30-day readmission rate in a major trial in the U.S. and other countries, according to an April 3 heartwire article. The findings are from a Read More...
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Tweets of the Week (4.6.12)
April 6, 2012 9:16 AM by Adrianne OBrien
Big data. Wearable tech. Revamping Medicare. Even photos from the CHIME archives (let’s go back to 1992!). And be sure to follow Executive Insight by going to @ExecInsight ! Mary Mosquera HIT policy panel wants to adjust MU2 HIE re hospital structured Read More...
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Getting Rid of the Insurance Chokehold
April 5, 2012 10:32 AM by Adrianne OBrien
During the keynote presentations and panel discussions at The Wharton School's 18th Annual Health Care Business Conference titled, "Innovation in a Changing Health Care Environment," the fur flew. As noted in the Knowledge@Wharton's Health Economics summary Read More...
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HHS Secretary Reports on Health Care Fraud Prevention Progress
April 5, 2012 8:09 AM by Jill Hoffman
Editor's note: This blog was written by Sharlene George, an editor at ADVANCE . Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius reviewed significant achievements in the fight against health care fraud during a speech at the Chicago Fraud Prevention Read More...
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A Story to Tell?
April 4, 2012 2:09 PM by Lynn
It’s true that as one ages, one also gets wiser. I value the knowledge shared by peers and truly appreciate them sharing experiences—good and bad—when, for example, we’re initiating an enterprise-wide or department-specific project. If you have a story Read More...
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Geisinger Reduces Readmissions by 44%
April 4, 2012 10:34 AM by Jill Hoffman
Geisinger Health Plan (GHP), using interactive voice response (IVR) and other innovative telemonitoring technology and solutions provided by AMC Health, has demonstrated a 44% reduction in 30-day readmissions compared to a control group, and increased Read More...
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Hospital Readmission Rates Higher for Chronic Conditions
April 3, 2012 2:47 PM by Jill Hoffman
The readmission rate following a hospital stay for a chronic condition such as congestive heart failure or diabetes can be substantially higher than for an acute condition like pneumonia or a heart attack, according to a recent “News and Numbers” from Read More...
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