While some western Colorado physicians participating in the ONC's Beacon Community learning collaborative have struggled with technical issues, the growth of the medical home model and process improvement shows the potential of HIE and IT tools, according to the Commonwealth Fund.
In a case pitting the AMA and other medical societies against the biotech industry, the Supreme Court will consider whether genes or gene mutations can be patented. How a ruling either way would impact personalized medicine is also up for debate.
The Department of Veterans Affairs recently awarded 33 grants to VA facilities for projects that will improve emergency health care services for women Veterans, expand women’s health education programs for VA staff, and offer telehealth programs to female Veterans in rural areas.
With the 2012 election a week away, Leavitt Partners today released analysis that shows the critical impact the elections will have on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Hanging in the balance is the execution of federal health reform as determined by the White House, Congress, statehouses and America's private health care system. Major public policy decisions pertaining to health insurance exchanges, Medicare benefits, Medicaid expansion and insurance reforms are all on the table as Americans place their vote.
Kaiser Health News found that of eligible hospitals, 17 percent are receiving fines for readmissions, particularly for patients with heart attacks, heart failure, or pneumonia. And it's happening in 5 states more than elsewhere.
The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, one of the world's premier academic medical centers, has selected the 3M 360 Encompass System to integrate and automate coding, clinical documentation improvement (CDI), and performance monitoring in a single workflow. The advanced technology from 3M Health Information Systems will help the organization capture complete documentation, improve coding accuracy, speed time to billing, and report outcomes data that truly reflects the care provided.
The 3M 360 Encompass System addresses the inefficiencies of multiple coding and documentation processes and the added costs of unconnected systems, offering a breakthrough answer to the challenges of healthcare reform and ICD-10. The 3M solution promotes complete capture of patient severity in physician documentation to improve case mix and significantly reduces the time and resources needed to prepare physicians for ICD-10.
No longer a pilot in any regard but name, the Nationwide Health Information Exchange is ready to enter a new phase as a non-federal, nonprofit entity enabling public-private interoperability and data exchange.
ADP® today announced the acquisition of privately-held PhyLogic Healthcare, a highly-respected Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) company that has served small- and mid-size U.S. medical practices since 2001. The ADP medical office software division, ADP AdvancedMD®, a provider of leading cloud practice management, electronic health record, medical scheduling, and billing applications, now offers outsourced medical billing services to practices seeking to improve revenue and offload costly and complex medical claims processing.
The 83rd Annual AHIMA Convention & Exhibit took place this week in Salt Lake City, Utah. The official AHIMA Resources twitter account promoted the hashtag #AHIMA11 in the weeks building up to the conference, in hopes that attendees would share personal experiences, tweet live events and enjoy the networking affairs. Here is a twitter recap of those who chose to do so.
MediConnect Global today announced the immediate availability of the Provider Network Offering, a first-of-its-kind free service that allows healthcare providers hosting, authorized access and exchange of digitized and electronic medical records in the National Secured Archive (N.S.A.), MediConnect's secure, cloud-based medical record repository.
At the Health 2.0 Conference in San Francisco from Sept. 22-27, Health 2.0 will organize the first ever Innovation Exchange for the Beacon Communities, a "match-making" event between technology innovators and health care organizations. Health 2.0 welcomes the interest and participation from the West Wireless Health Institute (WWHI) and Center for Technology and Aging.