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Key Challenges and Solutions of Healthcare Payment Reform

Better choices needed to manage US healthcare cost growth, says Paul Krugman at HIMSS18

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Economist Paul Krugman says more scrutiny on elective procedures could contribute to a long-term solution. “Though the U.S. still has the highest healthcare costs in the world, there are a few options that could be used to dig out of that — any of which would be better than the current state, said Krugman, which he described with a quote from Homer Simpson: “The U.S. government is an insurance company with an army.” To Krugman, “Medicaid looks more like the systems in other countries and is a well-established system. But if […]
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Career advice from women leaders proves health IT isn’t a boys’ club anymore

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Women in Health IT: Some of the industry’s top women leaders share lessons learned that have helped them succeed in an industry long dominated by men While the number of women in health IT leadership positions have grown over the years, there is still a long way to go to increase diversity and equality within the industry. In fact, even with 1 million cybersecurity positions open in 2016, women only make up 11 percent of the IT workforce. So how do these women health IT innovators make a big impact […]
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Slow breach detection, patching, operational snags handcuff healthcare security

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Healthcare IT News – Privacy & Security “When it comes to healthcare security, security experts would rank the industry in the middle or toward the lower end of the pack, according to a panel of security leaders at the Healthcare Security Forum. That’s because it’s still taking many healthcare organizations far too long to discover a breach — much longer than in other sectors.” Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social media!
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Healthcare 2020: 8 healthcare questions you need to be prepared to answer

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HealthcareDive – A recap of the National Business Group on Health’s 2017 Business Health Agenda conference “If you didn’t attend the National Business Group on Health’s (NBGH) Business Health Agenda (BHA) conference, you have some catching up to do. The year 2020 may have seemed like an abstract event at one point in time, but it’s now very much a reality — less than three years away. It was also the topic of choice for this year’s BHA, “Healthcare: 2020.” Employer-sponsored healthcare plans will probably still be the norm in […]
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I Know It When I See It: Coordinated Care

I Know It When I See It: Coordinated Care

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Every healthcare encounter represents an opportunity for field research. “I’ve spent many years working with healthcare providers to implement and optimize care under bundled payment programs, beginning with diagnosis-related groups (DRGs) that bundled acute care service payments. I’ve managed care for three generations of family members, in two countries and five states. I’ve been through numerous elective and emergency procedures.” Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social media!
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Prepare for the Digital Health Revolution

Prepare for the Digital Health Revolution

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The business of medicine is inefficient, expensive, and ripe for disruption. Here are 21 companies that are using technology to reinvent it—and to change our lives in the process. There are many choices we make over the course of our lives. Some are fairly insignificant, like the clothes we put on in the morning; others, such as the vocations we settle on, have life-changing consequences. But there’s one critical decision we don’t get to make: the choice of being born into a human body—and all the arbitrary ailments and inevitable […]
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At the World Health Care Congress, a Search for Transformational Triggers in U.S. Healthcare

At the World Health Care Congress, a Search for Transformational Triggers in U.S. Healthcare

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On the opening morning of the World Health Care Congress, a look at incentives towards transformational change in U. S. healthcare While industry leaders agree that transformational change needs to take place in U.S. healthcare, exactly which elements of the healthcare system need to be fixed and how they can be successfully fixed, were questions in high relief on Monday morning at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., as the annual World Health Care Congress kicked off with its opening keynote session, “Policy and Market Forces Impacting Health […]
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Building the Healthcare System of the Future

Building the Healthcare System of the Future

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Multiple solutions are being put into play to help determine the future of healthcare. Healthcare in the United States is changing rapidly. An aging population has increased demand for services and the need to manage healthcare plans and benefits. Technology is becoming a major factor both in the delivery of healthcare and payment for services. Costs continue to soar, and payers are faced with the need to keep premiums low while providing adequate coverage. Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social media!
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The Next Obamacare Battleground: Subsidies For Out-Of-Pocket Costs

The Next Obamacare Battleground: Subsidies For Out-Of-Pocket Costs

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When Republicans pulled their Affordable Care Act replacement bill last Friday, Lauren Lake’s primary reaction was relief. “For many people like the Lakes, the demise of cost-sharing subsidies could mean the end of coverage – whether or not the ACA is fully repealed. If the subsidies are stopped, insurers likely would hike premiums or bolt from Obamacare exchanges and even the broader individual market, experts say.” Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social media!
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Securing data integrity at the ‘front door’ of care delivery

Securing data integrity at the “front door” of care delivery

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Although most of the health industry has moved records and administrative processes from paper to digital, human error remains a costly issue. People make errors. Generally speaking, this fact is collectively understood, and we make concessions when necessary, working to repair and correct when possible. However, in the health industry, human errors become more costly than the norm, ultimately impacting the well being of patients, even to the point of death. In fact, a recent study released by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine concluded that medical errors are the […]
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