Unleash Your Star Power: Using Data Analytics to Improve Medicare Advantage Star Rating

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by Mike Coyne September 2011 – The rules of the game have changed. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, payments to Medicare Advantage (MA) plans will decrease on average an estimated 12 percent by 2017. To offset this lost revenue, MA plans must now focus efforts on demonstrating healthcare quality and efficiency… Read more »

Five Things Healthcare IT Can Learn from Facebook

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by Albert Santalo August 2011 – The healthcare industry is facing a monumental shift in how it handles information. The paper records, faxes and phones calls are being replaced with electronic health records, emails and instant messages. As the industry transitions to technology-enabled health care, it could learn from how Facebook built its system to… Read more »

The Second Coming of Healthcare Information Technology

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by Lisa Suennen July 2011 – Once upon a time there was “ehealth.” That time was the late 1990’s and there was a temporary ripple in The Force when anything that combined healthcare and the Internet had a suddenly popularity in the venture capital investment community. Companies like the original WebMD, the original Medscape, Mediconsult.com,… Read more »

Re-inventing HL7 for True Interoperability

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by Eliot Muir June 2011 – HL7 was originally a grassroots movement. Vendors and providers got together and looked at the typical content of the real world interfaces they were implementing and put together a rough, yet relatively practical, standard which we know today as HL7 Version 2.X.  Implementers played a big part of that… Read more »

Data Security in Healthcare: How Bad is it?

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by Michael (Mac) H. McMillan May 2011 – Six years after the HIPAA Security Rule has gone into effect, 31,000 plus breaches of patient information have been reported. What’s especially disturbing is that the overwhelming majority of these incidents were either self-inflicted by the organization or totally avoidable.   This month the National Institute of… Read more »

The ACO Buy/Build Decision

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By Cathy Cather April, 2011 – One of the goals of health reform is to improve the nation’s health care system by providing higher quality health care for more individuals at a lower cost.  Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) may play a leading role in achieving this goal.  On March 31, 2011, HHS issued proposed regulations… Read more »

Seize the Day

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 by John Moran (Reprinted with permission by the author) EDITOR’S NOTE: Last year at this time, we asked John Moran, executive media coach for Schwartz Communications, to share some ideas about making the most of trade shows. Given the article’s enthusiastic reception and positive response, we thought it might be helpful to offer it here… Read more »

Through the Payor IT Looking Glass

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By Ray Falci December 2010 – The passage of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) in 2009 which led to the subsequent  “Meaningful Use” Standards, and Health Reform in 2010, have clearly added considerable tailwinds to the broader Healthcare Information Technology (HCIT) Sector. These developments have in some ways extended earlier trends toward redefining… Read more »

Time is Ticking: Make Marketing & Public Relations Count

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By Jodi Amendola December 20, 2010 – The tumult within the healthcare IT (HIT) space, driven to a deafening roar by impending meaningful use, ICD-10 and healthcare reform, has presented HIT vendors with tremendous communication challenges. Faced with fierce competition, rapid consolidation and new healthcare initiatives, it’s time to embrace integrated multi-channel marketing and public… Read more »

The Coming Tsunami in Healthcare

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By David Winn, M.D., FAAFP November 1, 2010 – U.S. deficit spending has fallen off the cliff. The Congressional Budget Office forecasts U.S. deficit spending “forever.” Unfunded mandates for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security exceed 50 trillion dollars and U.S. debt to GDP is at a historic 84%. Given the magnitude of the country’s debt,… Read more »