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Information and ruminations on the business of healthcare from veteran healthcare journalists.

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    In its annual survey on electronic health record use, Xerox found many Americans are open to getting medical records online if given instruction on how to obtain access by their medical providers. A new infographic by Xerox illustrates the survey results, including details on the factors that would make consumers more likely to use a patient [...]

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    Ninety-two percent of eligible hospitals and 75 percent of eligible healthcare professionals have received an incentive payment for meaningful use, according to an infographic by CMS. The infographic also examines the progress on other CMS' quality improvement programs, including: ACOs; physician quality reporting system; ICD-10; and electronic funds transfer. Humana recently distributed $76.8 million in quality awards [...]

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    Use of telemonitoring equipment, electronic medical records (EMRs), a staff dedicated to monitoring home visits and engaged caregivers are just some of the protocols used to enhance home visits, according to 155 respondents to the Healthcare Intelligence Network’s most recent industry survey on home visits. Following are 10 more protocols used to improve the home [...]

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    The country’s second largest health insurer, Anthem Inc., has confirmed it is the latest to join a growing list of major corporations to have suffered a serious data breach. Kevin Watson, CEO of Netsurion, outlines some of the consequences of stolen healthcare data and suggests five steps businesses can take to protect themselves from [...]

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    With communication between care sites a top barrier to efficient transitions for one quarter of respondents, HIN's fourth comprehensive Care Transitions Management survey pinpointed information tools getting the message across during patient discharge and handoff. Technology offers a leg up by way of telehealth and remote monitoring, respondents said; 75 percent of respondents transmit patient [...]

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    More than half of U.S. physicians had adopted electronic health records (EHRs) by 2013, according to a new survey by The Commonwealth Fund. An infographic on the study results breaks down the percentage of physicians who were early adopters, new adopters, partial implementers, planners (adopting in the next two years) and persistent non-adopters, as well as [...]

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    Physician skepticism about mHealth is a frequently cited barrier to implementing remote monitoring. But once physicians understand they can allot in-person visits for those who truly need them, then use their other time remotely monitoring other patients to wellness, they might be more willing to buy in to mHealth. It's all about educating the [...]

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    Data, connectivity and innovation are changing the healthcare landscape, according to a new infographic by Philips. In the infographic, Philips examines the potential of wearable technologies, connected devices, electronic health records, telehealth, predictive analytics, population health management, mobile health apps, data security, partnerships and cloud-based technology in healthcare. Real-time remote management of high-risk populations curbed hospitalizations, [...]

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    Electronic Health Records (EHRs) grew out of the computer system that runs a hospital's inner workings. Physicians' needs were an afterthought, according to a new infographic by PatientKeeper. As a result, the typical hospital EHR frequently makes doctors who use it less efficient and productive. The infographic depicts the way it is today for physician users [...]

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    The state of a healthcare organization's data center has a domino effect on all the infrastructures and networks that depend on its "health," according to a new infographic by CDW Healthcare. The infographic examines infrastructure optimization, software-defined data centers, infrastructure for cloud enablement, power/cooling, backup/disaster recovery and networking requirements. The increased role of IT in the healthcare [...]

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    The ability to track patients across a continuum of care sites is a perennial challenge for healthcare organizations—even a top-performing Medicare Pioneer ACO. "We can't prevent a readmission back to the hospital or redirect unnecessary emergency department visits if we don't know the patients were in the hospital to begin with," noted Kelly Clements, Pioneer program [...]

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    As the healthcare industry moves increasingly toward a value-based system of healthcare delivery and reimbursement, a growing number of physician practices are delivering care in a more systemized way, according to a new infographic by Bain & Company. The infographic illustrates this change—with 75 percent of physicians using electronic medical records, up from just 29 percent [...]

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    As physician practices gear up for Meaningful Use Stage 2, which requires physicians to promote and measure patient engagement, the role of the patient portal will become more important. A new infographic by Nextech examines how practices can ensure their patient portal is set up for successful patient engagement. Faith-based integrated delivery system Adventist Health is [...]

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    Facing Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services' penalties, some 92 percent of eligible hospitals received a meaningful use reimbursement as of September 2014, according to a new infographic by Logicalis. The infographic also examines physician readiness for meaningful use, the impact of data breaches on the healthcare industry and what's most important to healthcare organizations as [...]

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    Healthcare is in the middle of a revolution. Health systems continue to integrate and expand, acquiring private practices and hospitals. Insurance carriers still navigate the Affordable Care Act, and merge to build actuarial risk pools. Providers deal with changing payment models, transitioning from traditional fee-for-service to merit-based incentive payments, though the exact definition of pay-for-performance [...]

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    Of all healthcare sectors, hospitals and health systems are the most engaged in ACO activity, with 72 percent belonging to an accountable care organization (ACO), versus 50 percent of overall respondents to the 2015 Accountable Care Organizations survey by the Healthcare Intelligence Network. Moreover, respondents in this sector are united on many ACO fronts, reporting 100 [...]

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    Nearly 70 percent of physicians nationwide admit they do not fully understand the Medicare Chronic Care Management (CCM) program, according to an August 2015 study by Smartlink Mobile Systems. The survey of 45,000 American physician practices determined that while 20 percent do participate in CCM, there is a great deal of confusion surrounding the [...]

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    Getting patients diagnosed correctly and treated appropriately depends on providers gathering both quantitative data, which is typically structured, and qualitative data, which is typically unstructured. When comparing both types of data, it’s more challenging to manage and derive value from unstructured data. Structured data is that which is quantifiable and measureable, such as signs like lab [...]

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    A survey by the Healthcare Intelligence Network on the growing trend of fee-for-value payments has documented healthy adoption rates, measured savings and steady gains in the area of preventive services related to fee-for-value formulas. Seventy-one percent of survey respondents employ a value-based reimbursement or alternative payment model, according to the October 2015 survey. The study also [...]

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    The healthcare industry has long been characterized by change and evolution. Yet, new requirements introduced by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as well as changing demands and expectations among patients, have created new pressures for today’s healthcare organizations. Healthcare providers that fail to address this new reality and meet the call for more value-based healthcare [...]

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