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  • The Health Files: Ethics

    The Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been focusing on practice of skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) more closely for over a decade; however, since the 2009 report summarized heavy resource utilization groups (RUGs) overbilling, things have gone downhill. Unfortunately, ...
    Posted to Shifting Rehab Paradigms (Weblog) on November 14, 2016
  • PEPPER, Anyone?

    PEPPER reports have been around in the acute world since 2003, and now they are trickling over to the other worlds of healthcare. “Program for evaluating payment patterns electronic report,” or PEPPER programs, have been recently introduced to skilled nursing facilities.This report contains data on your SNF’s Medicare claims statistics. ...
    Posted to Shifting Rehab Paradigms (Weblog) on October 12, 2016
  • Data Mining and Analytics in Healthcare

    With use of the Internet increasing exponentially, the amount of data being processed has exploded. Nowadays, even the healthcare business, a world of its own, untouched by the IT phenomena one decade ago, is forced to embrace the Internet. Currently, customer behaviors and preferences, their medical information and  shopping patterns ...
    Posted to Shifting Rehab Paradigms (Weblog) on September 26, 2016
  • Work Smarter Not Harder or Longer

     There is always so much to be done. Today's society is so fast-moving that it’s hard to accomplish every single thing on a day’s agenda. Working in the laboratory, we know that emergencies happen, stats keep coming in, instruments act up, and colleagues call out. It’s agreed we are expected to do more and more with less ...
  • Healthcare Management

    The healthcare management world is filled with clinicians. Unlike the corporate environment where most are trained and obtain a management degree in business, the healthcare hierarchy is built on direct care providers. Though direct knowledge of healthcare is a huge asset, most managers, once they transition into this role, do not feel the ...
    Posted to Shifting Rehab Paradigms (Weblog) on August 19, 2016
  • To Cut Costs, Change

    These days it’s all about change. I have heard a constant drumbeat for the last thirty years that change is the only constant we can count on. The only thing more constant than change is the need to cut costs. Now that laboratories are becoming cost centers in small hospitals and groups are recognizing the economies of scale in centralizing ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on July 1, 2016
  • Medicare's Best Program: Chronic Care Management

    [Editor's note: Nat Findlay, CEO, Hello Health, originally wrote this blog.] Medicare in 2016 Medicare has existed in many forms since its inception under LBJ over 50 years ago, but it's safe to say the program has certainly grown in complexity and range since its humble beginnings in 1965. Today, an estimated 44 million patients are currently ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on April 26, 2016
  • Moving That Needle

    One of the phrases I hear lately is “we need to move the needle,” meaning enough effort has to be put into change to not just make it stick, but change what matters. This might be customer satisfaction scores, test volumes, or cost containment. If there’s one thing that change has taught me, it’s that no matter how much things change they seem to ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on April 21, 2016
  • Working Managers

    A nursing paradigm has been the “working manager,” a nurse who also works the floors and pitches in when needed. This model has been used in ancillary departments such as radiology and respiratory therapy. It makes sense to have a manager with first hand knowledge of the day to day workflow. I don’t know how common this is in laboratories, but I ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on March 16, 2016
  • Lessons Learned

    [Editor’s note: this article was contributed by Mike Baker, senior vice president and GM of commercial products, and Maydad Cohen, senior vice president and GM of government solutions, at hCentive (] Now that the annual open enrollment period is in the rearview mirror, what are the key takeaways from 2016? Here are five ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on March 7, 2016
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