HealthLeaders Media IT - October 12, 2010 | Costly eICUs get Results
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Costly eICUs get Results
Gienna Shaw, Senior Editor

Evidence suggests that despite their high costs, easily running to seven figures a year, remote intensive care unit monitoring systems could, in fact, be an antidote for the high cost of providing care in intensive care units and other healthcare settings. [Read More]
October 12, 2010  
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DOD's EHR Failure Due to Poor Planning, Says GAO
Shortcomings in the Department of Defense's failed 13-year, $2 billion transition to electronic medical records were largely due to poor planning and execution, and a failure to appreciate the "significant complexity" of the program, the Government Accountability Office said. DOD's EHR project—the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application (AHLTA)—was expected to give the military's healthcare providers realtime access to health information for the 9.6 million active duty service members, their dependents, and other beneficiaries worldwide. However, the system hasn't met expectations.
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GPOs Driving Up Hospitals' Medical Device Costs, Say Manufacturers
Fed up with what they say are supplier kickbacks to group purchasing organizations (GPOs), medical device manufacturers are spreading the message that these arrangements are actually driving up costs rather than lowering them as intended. Their argument is presented in a study underwritten by the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) and conducted by economists Robert E. Litan of the Kauffman Foundation and Hal J. Singer with Navigant Economics. Researchers concluded that even though GPOs are now entering "multisource" contracts—the result of Congressional pressure to create more competitive rates—compensation practices have incentivized GPOs "to maintain some monopoly pricing."[Read More]

HIPAA Compliance Requires Coding, Processes Update
The passing of the healthcare reform bill has sounded the drumbeat of change, bringing greater access to healthcare to U.S. citizens. For payer organizations, this will result in a greater number of enrollments, increased claims processing and additional customer service requirements. Other changes payer organizations have to contend with include operational challenges, such as conversion to standards and changes in medical coding. The result: healthcare payer organizations will need to upgrade software and systems and have the resources to evaluate, implement, test and manage these new systems. Additionally, they'll need to implement new processes to facilitate compliance with the latest standards. [Read More]

CMS Set on Telemedicine, What About the Lawyers?
For the past few months, hospitals have been on a carousel ride of revolving telemedicine standards, courtesy of The Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Now that the accreditors appear to be moving in the same direction, allowing medical staffs to credential and privilege by proxy, hospitals can turn their attention to the legal best practice surrounding these practitioners. Location is often the culprit behind overlooked telemedicine best practices. First, medical staffs need to ensure the practitioner has a valid medical license in the state where the patient is located. Secondly, legal experts advise medical staffs to draft contracts with telemedicine providers that give the medical staff home jurisdiction in potential malpractice cases.[Read More]

Breakthroughs Report: Hospital Merger and Acquisition Strategies
The rules of healthcare are changing. Today, growth isn't about just getting bigger. It's about developing all of the components needed for coordinated care and reduced costs. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems that have seen the value of growth from mergers and acquisitions—North Shore LIJ Health System, Novant Health, Baylor Health Care System, and Bayhealth Medical Center—share insights and lessons learned. [Read More]

Intelligence Report: Physician Alignment in an Era of Change
Hospitals are looking to employ more physicians and buy more medical groups; at the same time, hospitals are receiving an increase in inquiries from physician groups for employment. But this marriage is not without trepidation. Elements of payment reform are expected to put considerable strain on hospital-physician relations. In this exclusive report based on original research and analysis, we find out what 258 healthcare executives and clinical leaders think about these topics and more. [Read More]

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U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, speaks about the importance of electronic health record systems to America's public health and whether consumers are ready to access and share electronic health data with their providers through EHRs, patient portals, or health information exchanges. "People have real concerns, and that's where government comes in to protect that information," she says, in an exclusive interview with HealthLeaders Media during the American Health Information Management Association's annual conference in Orlando last week.
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