What’s Not Being Said About ICD-10

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By Tori Sullivan June 2010 – Y2K spurred the healthcare industry to update technology solutions and implement electronic health record systems. Many organizations moved from index card-based systems to paperless files. The implementation left health information offices neat and tidy, while providers pulled their hair out struggling to make the operational changes. How often do… Read more »

Payments to Providers – Still Mired in Paper

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By Dan Chavez April 2010 – As the US healthcare system becomes more electronic, many are surprised to learn that most payments to providers are still paper-based. Even though authorization and claim submissions are 90% electronic and climbing, payments to providers are the inverse.  With the acceptance of Pay Pal, online banking, and direct deposit,… Read more »

Seize the Day

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by John Moran EDITOR’S NOTE: With HIMSS rapidly approaching, we asked John Moran, executive media coach for Schwartz Communications, to share some suggestions for optimizing this opportunity. We hope you agree his pointers are useful for any trade show, road show, or key business interaction. February 2010 – The upcoming HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management… Read more »

The Peace of Invulnerability

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by Jim Gibson It’s that wonderful time of year when we weave into our daily routine the expression of good wishes – joy, contentment, and peace. This holiday season, I would like to wish you the “peace of invulnerability.” We all desire and cherish a sense of personal peace. Someone once described it to me… Read more »

Market Changes = Payor Challenges

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by Ray Desrochers The healthcare payor market is changing faster than ever before.  Healthcare reform initiatives, regulatory revisions, and the movement away from the static, one-size-fits-all healthcare options of the past are creating new challenges and opportunities for payors across the nation. Many find themselves facing a growing demand for financial accountability and responsibility, transparency,… Read more »

Why Can’t My Software Talk to My Other Software?

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by Philippe d’Offay With the growing adoption of EMRs and e-prescribing, many small and medium-sized practices are discovering that software – which has the ability to eliminate costly manual processes – also can introduce inefficiencies.  How will the patient’s electronic chart include the prescription that a doctor entered on her iPhone, or the lab that… Read more »

Cost, Quality & Alignment: A Step-Wise Plan to Reform and Transform Healthcare

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By Psilos Group: Al Waxman, Darlene Collins, and Lisa Suennen, Contributing Editors September 24, 2009 – ECONOMIC & INNOVATION DRIVERS FOR HEALTHCARE POLICY EDITOR’S NOTE: This paper is the first formal “policy perspective” published by healthcare venture capital firm Psilos Group. Psilos has been investing in private-sector healthcare reform since 1998, with a defined focus on… Read more »

3 Billion Here, 10 Billion There … Pretty Soon You’re Talking Real Money

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by John Shagoury The patient care benefits and technological capabilities of high-tech diagnostic medical imaging are proven. However, there are two major concerns in this current system – excessive radiation risks for young patients and skyrocketing costs related to medically unnecessary tests being ordered by physicians. To combat these issues, an alliance of leading healthcare… Read more »

What’s in It for Me?

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by Evan Steele Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) have been in the news a lot lately. It seems everyone is talking or writing about them, sometimes as a panacea, sometimes as a way to obtain Stimulus Bill money. Yet while they have been around for several years, their record is mixed. Some practices have done well… Read more »