Browsing articles tagged with " Healthcare Reforms"
Oct
13
2011

Only few have dedicated the resources necessary to build one successfully.

ACO(Healthcare Reforms)

A majority of hospitals, medical centers and physician groups are developing accountable care organizations, but few have dedicated the resources necessary to build one successfully. An understanding of how this part of health system reform works is sometimes lacking, according to the Accountable Care Organization Readiness Study released Sept. 21 by the management consulting firm Beacon Partners in Weymouth, Mass. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act states that accountable care organizations for Medicare beneficiaries [...]

Oct
10
2011

Opportunities for innovation and partnership in health education

Blog Directory In January 2010, the Commission on the Education of Health Professionals for the 21st Century — an independent initiative drawing on the expertise of leaders from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, institutions and regions of the world — was launched to landscape professional health education. Its goal was to identify gaps in how health care personnel are prepared, to identify opportunities for improvement and to spur reforms that will strengthen global health care instruction and [...]

Sep
20
2011

mHealth and Health IT two industries travelling on similar paths

The healthcare IT (EHR and interoperability modules) and mobile health (or mHealth) industries are traveling on similar paths.  They are both technologies in evolution that are sorely needed.  EHRs have been mandated by health reform legislation.  MHealth is still seen as an interesting curiosity by most.  Therein lies the difference.  Both will ultimately be here for the duration and dare I say, change healthcare the way it is delivered for a very long time. EHRs [...]

Aug
27
2011

The Role and Future of Health Information Technology in an Era of Health Care Transformation

On August 16, 2011, Dr. Alfred Hamilton from the School of Public Health and Health Service at George Washington University and Dr. Jay Conyers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UT Health) moderated a symposium on the George Washington University campus titled, “The Role and Future of Health Information Technology in an Era of Health Care Transformation.” The symposium featured keynote speakers from the White House Office of Science and Technology [...]

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 [...]

Jul
11
2011

Quality healthcare for all patients by cutting down on medical error and duplication in paperwork

Many rural physicians don’t have access to newer technological advances to help them sort through patient information easily. But, thanks to a new federal initiative, paper patient charts can now be obsolete. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley made a stop in Selma and visited Pediatric Adolescent Medicine, Inc. on Medical Center Parkway Thursday morning to emphasize the importance of rural physicians moving to the electronic medical health records, or EHR, system. Demopolis’ Fitz-Gerald Clinic is among [...]

Jul
1
2011

Affordable Care Act compelling people to buy something they don’t want:Obama’s Opponents

Healthcare

The majority opinion by a 6th circuit panel Wednesday upholding Obama’s health care reform law is a victory for the administration on its face. But to understand just how big a victory it is, you have to read the concurring opinion by Circuit Judge Jeffrey Sutton. Sutton, a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and a powerful figure on the right wing of the 6th circuit, meticulously destroys the central and essential argument [...]

Jun
28
2011

HIT Providers looking for Growth

  Health care information technology companies will benefit in the second half of this year from a growing wave of care providers looking to capitalize on government electronic health record incentives, according to a Morgan Keegan analyst. Analyst Jamie Stockton said the sector performed better than the broader Standard & Poor’s 500 index in the first half of the year, and he expects that to continue. He said the government is estimated to be distributing [...]

Jun
22
2011

Healthcare IT Seminar Series on June 28, 2011 from University of California San Diego Extension

Healthcare information technology (HIT) is already creating new opportunities for revolutionary change. But several pivotal decisions lie ahead with respect to HIT and healthcare information exchange. Many critical issues facing healthcare leaders will be examined in the inaugural Healthcare IT Seminar Series on June 28, 2011 from University of California San Diego Extension. In the seminar “Leveraging Information Technology to Shape Healthcare Delivery,” Chief Medical Information Officer of Kaiser Permanente and healthcare IT visionary, John [...]

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
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
3
2011

The challenge, medical CIOs say, is to find enough IT staff to meet deadlines for EHR

electronic-records

Healthcare providers in the U.S. are encountering a lack of qualified candidates as they race to meet federal government deadlines for electronic health record and health IT use. The challenge, medical CIOs say, is to find enough IT staff who can help hospitals and medical practices migrate from paper records to EHRs and manage the large amount of patient data generated from practicing medicine. At stake is $25 billion in funding allocated in 2009 by [...]

May
25
2011

Importance to adopt Health IT in Hospital Sector

Hospitals with advanced health information technology systems and a high quality of care achieve greater revenue growth, attend to more patients, enjoy a superior reputation for excellence, and are better able to contain costs, a report from Fitch Ratings has revealed. As hospitals accelerate the adoption of electronic health records, computerized physician order entry systems, electronic prescription technology, and other health IT, the findings give greater currency to the Obama administration’s claim that its health [...]

May
24
2011

Still much work to be done to realize that level of cost reduction

Providing a seamless, integrated system of care across a range of healthcare settings, accountable care organizations (ACOs) are increasingly being touted as the cure for a failing health system. But challenges remain. Unlike the current fragmented model of healthcare provision, the ACO version is designed to enable and encourage healthcare providers to take greater responsibility for controlling the growth of healthcare costs for a given population of patients. By grouping together an ‘ecosystem’ of healthcare [...]

May
24
2011

Top congressional Republicans said on Sunday they would be open to a compromise on healthcare costs

Top congressional Republicans said on Sunday they would be open to a compromise on healthcare costs, one of the biggest stumbling blocks in a deal to get the United States’ debt under control. Representative Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House of Representatives Budget Committee, said he would “absolutely” be willing to negotiate with Democrats, who have hammered his plan to scale back government-run health plans for the poor and the elderly. With Ryan’s plan [...]

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