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Wellness whips savings into shape March 08, 2013 | Kelsey Brimmer - Associate Editor
While many companies across the country are seeing positive results and cost savings through their workplace wellness programs, a new study from Health Affairs suggests that the savings employers may strive for with these programs may more likely come from cost shifting to the most vulnerable employees rather than employees’ improved health.
Rove, Carville square off at HIMSS13 March 08, 2013 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
In the grand finale of the 2013 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, Karl Rove and James Carville took the stage for a most theatrical debate on sequestration, party politics, immigration and, of course, healthcare reform.
Mostashari muses on sequestration, RECs recommendations March 07, 2013 | Tom Sullivan - Government Health IT
Exchange and interoperability are some of the most frequently uttered words at this year’s HIMSS13 conference. Yet they are only two among the many issues facing national health IT coordinator Farzad Mostashari, MD.
Top billed Clinton talk hits on health IT March 07, 2013 | Bernie Monegain - Editor
Former President Bill Clinton's talk Wednesday at the 2013 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition encompassed politics, economics, history, climate change, childhood obesity, health information technology, and even the art of the deal.
ACP, Pri-Med to train opioid prescribers March 06, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
The American College of Physicians (ACP), partnered with Pri-Med, has been awarded an independent educational grant, bestowed upon them by the REMS Program Companies (RPC) — a lump sum meant to be used in the development and implementation of a training program aimed at educating physicians and clinicians about safety and efficacy when prescribing opioids.
End of fee-for-service need be nigh March 05, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
The National Commission on Physician Payment Reform co-chaired by former Senate majority leader Bill Frist, MD, a Republican and heart surgeon from Tennessee, is calling for the federal government to phase out the fee-for-service payment model within the next decade.
Health matters garner congressional gaze March 05, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
With more than $12 billion already committed to provider and hospital payments under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, health policy authorities expect that key Senate and House committees with jurisdiction over health matters will ramp up their oversight of the programs' implementation.
NAACOS formed on behalf of ACOs March 04, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Sixty Accountable Care Organizations hailing from more than 15 states have banded together to create the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS), a non-profit entity aimed at galvanizing and synchronizing quality care initiatives, cost-efficiency incentives and general health community improvement forays amongst healthcare’s rising care-delivery model.

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3 social media 'paths to nowhere' June 13, 2012 | Marsha Friedman - CEO of EMSI Public Relations
As social media has become a serious part of the foundation of the media in general, some people regard it as something that’s a good addition to their marketing tactics, but not so essential that they need to approach it with a professional sensibility. Here are three indications you may be heading down the wrong path.
Cloud computing challenges the status quo June 13, 2012 | Michelle McNickle - New Media Producer
If you've been wondering about cloud computing's status among evolving technologies, the time is right to assess its ability to bring value to healthcare organizations. Read on for one expert's take on the do's and don'ts of cloud computing.
Navigating insurance and risk management for your medical practice June 12, 2012 | John P. O'Connor - Vice President, Small Commercial, Travelers
Doctors, dentists, ophthalmologists, optometrists, podiatrists or any other medical practitioner must have the right insurance coverage. If the practice is underinsured and a loss occurs, it could be difficult or impossible to stay in business.
How to handle problem payers June 11, 2012 | Madelyn Young - Content Writer, CareCloud
You’re doing all the right things with your claims: scrubbing them before submittal, filing them electronically within days of the service date, reviewing your EOBs and continually monitoring collections. Your claims operations are a well-oiled machine…except for one payer that’s gumming up the works. Here's what to do.
How to use CMS's updated FAQ system June 06, 2012 | PhysBizTech staff
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has upgraded the frequently asked questions (FAQ) section of its website to incorporate FAQs on the EHR Incentive Programs on the same page as other CMS program FAQs. Here's a quick walk-through on how to use the updated system.
What to do if your EHR has functionality issues June 05, 2012 | Mary Mosquera - Contributing Editor
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) issued an advisory last week explaining what steps to take if an electronic health record doesn’t do all that it is certified to do.
Key steps to EDI application June 01, 2012 | Jim Lacy - CFO and Counsel, ZirMed
Healthcare providers and administrators continue to review business processes to mine meaningful data for meaningful business intelligence. Help has arrived with the development of electronic data interchange (EDI) technology leveraged in reporting engines that analyze payment information.
How to reduce the risks of cloud computing May 31, 2012 | Michelle McNickle - New Media Producer
Security issues may be one of the final barriers to engaging in cloud computing, according to Rick Kam, president and co-founder of ID Experts, who outlined six tips for mitigating your cloud computing risks.

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The country can’t have it both ways February 02, 2012 | Steven M. Hacker, MD - Founder, Medical Entrepreneur Symposium
Physicians are treated like a highly regulated business by government and third-party insurers. Thus, they should conduct their practice like a business.
Employment equals education and experience plus connections and coaching January 30, 2012 | Arlen Meyers - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
Lots of folks are looking for jobs in life sciences and healthcare. And no wonder. It is one of the only remaining sectors that continues to see healthy job growth in an otherwise sputtering economy.
Drucker and Osler: business and medicine January 18, 2012 | Arlen Meyers - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
I recently was rereading parts of some of my favorite books and was struck by two passages by two giants in business and medicine: Peter Drucker, the management guru; and Sir William Osler, one of the founders of modern medical education.
Stock market expectations: follow the secular cycle January 17, 2012 | Jeff Bogue - Bogue Asset Management
Most people are relying on the stock market to provide for their retirement and other long term goals. However, the stock market has been nothing but disappointing for most people over the past decade. To be a successful investor, one important key is to understand the current secular cycle.
Payoffs not always clear with IT investments January 04, 2012 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
Investments are often risky, but the current huge investment in health IT seems to bring a particularly unique risk. Why? Well, because when you come right down to it it’s not always clear what the payoff is going to be.
Improving the way hospitals and doctors are paid January 04, 2012 | Kester Freeman - Retired CEO of Palmetto Health
What strikes me about the current moment in healthcare is that the new accountable care regulations attempt to make the concept of shared savings more attractive to hospitals and physicians.
Reading the Supreme Court Tea Leaves January 04, 2012 | Roger Collier - Health Care Reform Update
The announcement on November 14 that the Supreme Court will review various aspects of the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act has set legal experts to guessing possible outcomes.
Cloud technology in a healthcare setting January 04, 2012 | Geoff Webb
The healthcare industry is under constant pressure to streamline the sharing and availability of information, while at the same time maintaining ever-more rigorous controls over patient privacy, and of course, reducing costs at the same time. Therefore cloud computing offers some significant opportunities, perhaps even more significant than in many other industries.

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