Cook County Health and Hospitals System reinvented its IT infrastructure, consolidating disparate systems into a unified virtual datacenter. In so doing, the provider has already reaped benefits, not just of the financial kind but also, more importantly, in treating patients.
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) announced Friday that it has awarded a $20.75 million Health Care Innovation Challenge grant to a collaborative partnership that includes VHA Inc., the national health care network; TransforMED, a not-for-profit subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians; and, Phytel, Inc., a technology company that leads the field in automated, provider-led population health improvement solutions. The grant will fund a three-year national project involving health care systems, hospitals, and provider practices throughout 16 communities. The goal of the project is to expand the concept of the Patient-Centered Medical Home to the Patient-Centered Medical Neighborhood and connect acute-care hospitals with primary care, specialty and subspecialty practices to drive better quality and superior patient experience at a more affordable cost.
Investment in the doctor patient relationship received another boost from WellPoint and CMS today. WellPoint’s industry leading primary care program was given a vote of confidence by CMS, as the agency announced the markets selected for its Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative. WellPoint’s affiliated health plans in Colorado, Ohio and New York were selected to participate.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have recently released their April Report on “Active Registrations and Payments” for the Government’s Stimulus Incentive Program. The report provides listings of active Medicare EHR incentive registrants and payments made to them. Chiropractors are now listed as the fourth largest group of Eligible Professionals to collect incentive checks through April 2012.
As the first in its four-part 2012 “Partnerships in Health” series, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), in conjunction with WellPoint, Inc., hosted a Capitol Hill roundtable today highlighting WellPoint’s collaboration with IBM to apply Watson solutions to support clinical decision-making and improving the quality of patient care.
Accountable care organization models are the most talked about healthcare delivery change being promised by the healthcare reform law. Despite all the talk, the strategies healthcare executives need to enable their organizations to live up to the promise of Medicare and private ACOs remain murky.
The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF), a non-profit organization that exists to help men and women who come home with emotional and physical wounds after serving our country, is providing approximately $1 MILLION worth of diabetic and allergy medicine and supplies to Veterans Service Providers, the first to receive some of this medicine is the South Atlantic Center for Veterans Education and Training, Inc. (SACVET) for distribution to homeless and struggling Veterans.
WellPoint, Inc. has announced that it has joined the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a coalition of major corporations that have jointly committed to hiring 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020. As the first health benefits company to join the coalition, WellPoint has made a commitment to hiring veterans and to helping those returning to civilian life find employment and transition into the next phase of their lives. For the period ending March 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the jobless rate for post-9/11 veterans was 10.3 percent. 834,000 veterans remain unemployed.
I am privileged to work with the ONC and six different states that are responding to the Consumer Innovation Challenge. The goal of the Challenge is to rapidly create a project that will provide patients with access to their health information within six months.
Tennessee Hospital Association president Craig Becker says that $2 billion in uncompensated care is his state's Achilles heel and, unless more citizens get health insurance, it could eventually drive many hospitals out of business.
A provision in the Affordable Care Act prohibits discrimination against healthcare entities that do not provide assisted suicide services. And while the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was prosecuting right-to-die activists, the case took a curious twist in the State's Supreme Court.
Newt Gingrich’s Washington-based advocacy on behalf of a broad array of health care interests has been far more extensive than the Republican presidential candidate has acknowledged, a review by the Center for Public Integrity has found.
Leading up to the primaries, Florida is trailing on health reform, and Governor Rick Scott is under fire from both sides for his plan to cut Medicaid while he carries health insurance at the very low state rate.
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) [NYSE: SAI] announced today that Edwin Kilbourne, M.D., has joined the company’s Health Solutions Business Unit (HSBU) as vice president and Atlanta site lead for the HSBU within the Civilian Health Operation. He will report to Mike Eddings, SAIC Civilian Health operations manager.