Study: Medicaid Expansion Costs Surge Won't Last

Cost and utilization increases are predicted to be predominantly temporary By Christine Kern, contributing writer

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  • The Great HealthKit Betrayal
    The Great HealthKit Betrayal

    Editor In Chief Ken Congdon explains why the health IT industry shouldn’t be surprised or disappointed that Apple’s big iPhone and smartwatch launch ignored HealthKit.

The Final Nail In The Meaningful Use Coffin?

Healthcare providers across the country express their disappointment in the final Meaningful Use ‘Modifications’ Rule issued by CMS, and question the long-term viability of the program.

It’s Time To Change The Provider/Pharmacy Paradigm

In an era of team-driven care coordination and value-based reimbursement, it makes more sense than ever for providers to establish their own point-of-care pharmacies.

IBM, Apple & Epic: Health IT’s Dream Team?

IBM’s exclusive partnership with Apple could mean a giant leap forward for healthcare mobility. Here’s why.

Financial And Clinical Worlds Unite At ANI 2014

This year’s HFMA (Healthcare Financial Management Association) ANI (Annual National Institute) conference went beyond ICD-10 to show a growing harmonization between financial and clinical teams in an effort to address a variety of reimbursement challenges.

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  • Reaching Interoperability Nirvana
    Reaching Interoperability Nirvana

    Earlier this year, CMS granted an extension to Meaningful Use Stage 2. The extension allows users an extra year to use a MU1 Certified EHR and still meet the requirements in 2014. What’s more – it provides the healthcare industry with an opportunity to “step up” and refocus on what providers really want from vendor systems. HIT vendors need to take the additional time to achieve interoperability to enable healthcare organizations to seamlessly share patient information. As Meaningful Use Stage 2 places a premium on making health information systems play nice with one another, separating the incentive program and interoperability conversations isn't an option. By Tom Bizzaro, RPh, VP of health policy and industry relations at FDB

  • The EHR Didn’t Cause The Ebola Death
    The EHR Didn’t Cause The Ebola Death

    We were all saddened when we heard of the death of Thomas Duncan, the first patient diagnosed with Ebola virus in our country, and immediately the blame game started. Apparently, Duncan had been seen previously in the ED and sent home without an accurate diagnosis or treatment. News slowly leaked out that his travel history never reached the treating provider even though it has been determined that it was documented in his electronic health record (EHR). Still, for whatever reason, it was not communicated and overlooked. By Linda M. Girgis, MD, FAAFP

  • Privacy, Security, HIPAA Compliance And A $5 Billion Crime Scheme
    Privacy, Security, HIPAA Compliance And A $5 Billion Crime Scheme

    Utter the acronym HIPAA to people in the medical profession and you will get a variety of facial responses, none of which have been, in my experience, a smile of contentment. Indeed, HIPAA’s privacy and security rules are often grumbled about as being burdensome and restrictive. The rules are increasingly criticized as ineffective these days and people are asking: How can an entity be HIPAA compliant and still suffer a breach of protected health information? By Stephen Cobb, Senior Security Researcher, ESET

  • The Case For An Evidence-Based Practice Framework For All Clinicians
    The Case For An Evidence-Based Practice Framework For All Clinicians

    Scan the healthcare trade media and one would think every health professional has a magic elixir for industry-wide transformation. Clinicians often read about smartphones poised to disrupt healthcare and how genetic data sharing will revolutionize the industry. It’s true. Telemedicine, wearable devices, and healthcare apps will enhance care quality, safety, efficiency, and outcomes as well as control costs in the years to come. But achieving sustainable, synergistic, industry-wide change will require more than a string of high-tech innovations. By Michelle Troseth, RN, MSN, DPNAP, FAAN, Chief Professional Practice Officer, Elsevier Clinical Solutions

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FEATURE ARTICLES

  • Providers Go Direct To Securely Accelerate Transitions Of Care & Referrals

    Meeting government interoperability requirements continues to be a major healthcare industry challenge. Certified interoperable Direct Messaging communications enables ALL providers to send and receive health information between providers, patients and via portals, direct or in parallel to Electronic Medical/Health Record (EMR/EHR) systems, accelerating referrals and Transitions of Care.

  • MU 2 Gaps Closing Through Direct Clinical Information Exchange

    Interoperability continues as a top priority provider challenge, despite multi- million dollar investments in electronic medical/health record systems. The Direct protocol has emerged as an affordable, interoperable and compliant framework for exchanging patient data securely among healthcare providers.

  • ICD-10 “Gut Check” And New Opportunities To Bring Case Management Audits And Appeals In-House

    ICD-10 implementation and a recent CMS decision create significant compliance, quality, and revenue opportunities for healthcare systems and providers in 2015, according to Michael T. Dougherty, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Provident Consulting. These accelerate the national trend towards pay for quality and outcomes, he adds.

  • How Hospitals Can Survive In The New Healthcare Environment

    “Over 1,000 hospitals out of the approximately 5,700 across the US will either close or merge with larger hospitals or healthcare systems in the next five to ten years according to some predictions. The reality of the situation is that many hospitals can no longer go it alone. They must look for partners to help bridge the gap between a current reimbursement model that pays on a “per click” basis to one that emphasizes shared savings, shared risk, population health and a trend towards “mega capitation”, advises Tom Gibney, Chief Financial Officer, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital / Newburgh.

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