Browsing articles in "Healthcare Policies"
Aug
6
2011

How the United States could learn to save money on healthcare by following Canada’s example?

US Healthcare Costs

A recent article by the National Journal inspects how the United States could learn to save money on healthcare by following Canada’s example. According to the article, University of Toronto researchers stated that the United States could save around $27.6 billion a year if it implemented a single-payer healthcare system. Such a system would cut down on the amount of time and money spent by doctors dealing with multiple insurance companies. In the journal Health [...]

Jul
18
2011

There are four things you have to have in place to get true healthcare reform

The health care reform law is more than a year old now. What do you see happening next with reform? “The price of health care is two or three times the general inflation rate, and as a population, we can’t keep going that way. Both political parties say it’s unsustainable — everybody agrees on that, just not on what to do with it. The political system is so gridlocked that I just don’t see us [...]

Jul
14
2011

Healthcare Funding,Social care Funding:The survival of the NHS is again being questioned

Healthcare Funding,Social Care Funding

The survival of the NHS is again being questioned. As the service reels from cuts and the wreckage caused by the latest political masterplan, doubts are being raised about how long the NHS can survive in its current form, offering free care for all at the point of use. So what does the future look like for healthcare? The Dilnot commission on social care funding has this week opened up two debates – where the boundary [...]

Jul
14
2011

Rising Healthcare Costs and Possible Solutions

As lawmakers search for ways to curb spending and address the soaring deficit, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Coalition for Affordable Health Coverage (CAHC) hosted a day-long conference, titled “Controlling Costs: The Price of Good Health,” to discuss the causes and dangers of runaway cost growth and cutting-edge strategies from employers, providers, and government officials to address this challenge. As purchasers of care, employers can do much to shape the health policy debate [...]

Jun
24
2011

US to release up to $500 to boost improved care with new technology-backed progrmas

Up to $500 million in Affordable Care Act funding will be awarded to help hospitals and providers improve care with new technology-backed programs, training and monitoring, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid  announced June 22. The funding, part of the public-private Partnership for Patients program, will be awarded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center. The program aims to stop millions of preventable injuries and complications related to healthcare acquired conditions [...]

Jun
23
2011

US Healthcare Costs:People committing crimes so they can get free medical care from the state while in prison

his indeed did seem like the only option for Richard James Verone, a 59-year-old from North Carolina, who robbed a bank on June 9, 2011 claiming this was the only way for him to get coverage; because they have to provide healthcare in prison. Verone handed a note to the teller claiming he had a gun, and demanded $1 US dollar. After she gave it to him, he sat in the bank’s lobby waiting for [...]

Jun
21
2011

Nurses and Accountable Care Organizations

As part of the national healthcare reform mandate, accountable care organizations are slated to roll out next year. And though the proposed rules have yet to be finalized, nurses are trying to understand, and assert, their roles within these new entities. Accountable Care Organizations in principle appear straightforward — better coordination and communication of care across all disciplines will result in reduced cost and improved clinical outcomes, and cost savings will be shared with providers [...]

Jun
21
2011

EHR and Accountable Care Organization

The HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA) is pleased that the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking isn’t overly prescriptive as to how entities must use health information technology. However, the organization wants the final rule to explicitly promote bi-directional, standards-based health information exchange and interoperability, according to Leigh Burchell, chair of the association’s Public Policy Leadership Work Group. In describing EHRA’s comment letter to CMS on the subject, Burchell, VP of Government [...]

Jun
14
2011

The Move From 1CD-9 To ICD-10 Medical Coding System

A new federally mandated medical coding system designed to better track diagnoses and treatments is affecting dozens of core applications for healthcare providers and insurance payers, and is requiring a massive overhaul of IT systems that some say is nearly impossible to complete on time. Medical providers and insurance payers are required to move from the current ICD-9 coding system to ICD-10 by Oct. 1, 2013. While two years away, the effort has already been [...]

Jun
10
2011

Report suggests that Meaningful Use Deadline Could Slip

Meaning Ful USe of EHR

A federal advisory committee work group recommends giving some health-care providers more time to meet the second level of “meaningful use” requirements for their electronic health records, Modern Healthcare.com reports today. The recommendation is contained in a draft letter from the meaningful-use work group of the Health Information Technology Policy Committee to Farzad Mostashari, the national coordinator for health information technology and chairman of the Health IT Policy Committee. Citing “careful consideration of the trade-offs [...]

Jun
10
2011

Healthcare spending will represent nearly one-fifth of the U.S. gross domestic product by 2019

Healthcare IT Speding

Healthcare spending will represent nearly one-fifth of the U.S. gross domestic product by 2019, and much of that money can be attributed to new regulations requiring better health information technology and mobile health apps, according to a report by consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. For example, in 2010, health providers spent $88.6 billion on developing and implementing electronic health records (EHRs), health information exchanges, and other health IT initiatives, making healthcare a rich market for  healthcare IT [...]

Jun
7
2011

The US has the worst healthcare system in the world

This Article  is written by RoadRacer, neighbornewspapers.com is the source of this Article:   Escalating Healthcare costs are crippling America’s competitiveness and our economic recovery. They are about 20% of the US economy. $1 in every $5 is spent on healthcare including over 30% of the total Federal Budget, more than a $1 trillion of your tax money. The US has the worst healthcare system in the world. Any other major developed country would deliver [...]

Jun
4
2011

Healthcare CIOs and Health Benefit Exchanges

In the coming years, State CIOs will be asked to perform a variety of health IT tasks, particularly in the implementation of health benefit exchanges (HBEs), according to a publication released on Thursday, June 2, by the National Association of Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). The report, On the Fence: IT Implications of the Health Benefit Exchanges, discusses the responsibilities and challenges facing CIOs charged with creating and deploying HBEs — one-stop shops where individuals can [...]

Jun
2
2011

Sudi Arabia to launch e-health program in all 220 hospitals and 2,000 PHCs

Saudi Arabia’s healthcare sector is rapidly moving to become more advanced by setting international standard benchmarks that offer best quality healthcare to the people in the Kingdom, said a high-ranking official of multinational IT solutions company participating in the 3rd Annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Middle East Conference and Health IT Leadership Summit that opened in Riyadh, Monday. Over 30 international and national experts are participating in the two-day conference to discuss [...]

May
31
2011

Bi-lateral relationship between the UK and India on telemedicine

Telemedicine

Background Improvements in communication and health information technologies have allowed for the globalisation of health services, especially the provision of health services from other countries, such as the use of telemedicine. This has led countries to evaluate their position on whether and to what extent they should open their health systems to trade. This often takes place from the context of multi-lateral trade agreements (under the auspices of the World Trade Organisation), which is misplaced [...]

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