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 »

Avoiding “The Stall”

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By Jim Gibson October 2010 – There’s a point through which every early stage HIT company must pass on its road to viability. If you’re a CEO, you know this, and your investors most assuredly know this. Handling it well will have lasting effects on your company and contribute significantly to its ultimate success. Poor… Read more »

Are EHRs Realistic for the Small Practice?

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By Ryan Howard May 2010 – Web-based Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are stepping onto the main stage as the most likely way smaller and solo practices will be able to adopt EHRs in a “meaningful” way, in time for the 2011 ARRA/HITECH incentive moneys.  Web-based software has also been referred to as cloud-based computing, SaaS,… Read more »

Health Reform: What We’ve Learned in Massachusetts

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By Ian Duncan September 2010 – The health reform plan enacted by Massachusetts in April 2006 has been the subject of considerable scrutiny, both on its own merits and because it is a model for the national reform recently enacted by Congress.  This Massachusetts legislation reformed insurance markets, subsidized insurance coverage for a large subset… Read more »

With Hindsight and Forethought – Becoming an Accountable Care Organization

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By Nancy Ham August 2010 – New contracting models, spiraling costs, and healthcare reform are pushing everyone in healthcare to look at alternative solutions to the status quo.  Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is a term originally defined in the Medicare realm, but has now become the most popular watchword for a model that could make… Read more »

The Day Music Changed the World

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By Jim Gibson July 2010 – As we celebrate our nation’s birthday and the unofficial height of summer, it seems like a good time to take a break from business as usual. This week many people are naturally thinking about our country’s history and the American spirit. I found myself thinking also about our non-American… Read more »

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 »