The nuts and bolts of running a group practice or hospital are covered here. Topics include patient scheduling systems, charge capture interfaces with clinical record systems, and claims submission.
Strong leadership, reliable healthcare coordination, and first-rate information technology are key for academic medical centers seeking to establish successful accountable care organizations.
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission, which certifies entities that process transactions or exchange health information for meeting best practices, is launching new programs to accredit accountable care organizations and physician practice management systems.
Digital health funding reached $2.3 billion in the first half of 2014--an unprecedented level of venture capital exceeding the 2013 total--according to Rock Health, which funds and supports early stage healthcare companies.
The Medical Society of Northern Virginia has launched HeaLixVA, which the organization says is "a physician-led, secure and confidential electronic system to share patient information across all points of medical care in our community."
According to a survey conducted by consulting firm KPMG LLP, healthcare industry managers and executives are expecting profits to be hurt from the introduction of value-based contracting.
Health systems and public sector officials who hope to successfully deploy Medicaid accountable care organizations will have to draw lessons from the Medicare ACO programs underway, yet be flexible in creating the new delivery systems, according to staff analysts from the Center for Strategic Health Studies.
Already under fire for secret waiting lists and shoddy care, the Department of Veterans Affairs June 9 released the results of a system-wide audit of the VAs scheduling and access management practices, which finds that more than 57,000 patients are awaiting initial appointments at VA hospitals and clinics around the country.
Memorial Hermann Medical Group in Houston keeps growing. With more than 200 providers at 65 sites, it has tripled in the past three years and will do so again during the next three years. But, as more physicians came into the fold, it became apparent that EHR use had to be optimized.
With a delay in the ICD-10 implementation deadline by at least one year, providers around the country are evaluating their next moves with regard to the code switchover.
Now that the ICD-10 delay is the law of the land, you would have thought that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would have communicated something on the code switchover process going forward. But, a quick check of the CMS website still lists the ICD-10 deadline as October 1, 2014.
With President Obama's April 1 signing of legislation into law delaying ICD-10 implementation to October 2015, supporters of the one-year extension believe that now is the time for Congress to get more actively involved in the code switchover. Despite including legislative language calling for the ICD-10 delay in the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, they say lawmakers have been relatively silent on the issue.
House and Senate passage of legislation delaying the ICD-10 implementation deadline by one year to October 2015 is proof that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' approach to the code switchover is flawed and CMS must "reset" the process, argues Robert Tennant, senior policy advisor at the Medical Group Management Association.
Recognizing that issues with workflow integration have contributed to slow rates of electronic health records adoption in healthcare settings such as ambulatory outpatient care, the National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued a report on integrating EHR into clinical workflow with recommendations for developers and outpatient care centers.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services could learn a lot from private entities who are using multiple benchmarks to assess the performance of Medicare physicians, according to the Government Accountability Office. In a new report, GAO recommended that CMS consider expanding performance benchmarks to include state or regional averages, and disseminating feedback reports more frequently than the current annual distribution.
Nearly 95 percent of healthcare organizations are at or below budget for the October 1 ICD-10 transition, with the variance between budget and actual expenditures ranging from 5 percent to 15 percent, according to early results of an online ICD-10 readiness survey released by The Advisory Board Company.