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Five Facts About Veterans’ Health Care

Sarah Kliff | Washington Post | November 12, 2012

With more than 1,400 hospitals, nursing homes and clinics nationwide, the Department of Veterans Affairs operates the country’s largest health care system. On Veterans Day, here’s a look at how it operates, who it covers and what role it plays in the larger American health care system. Read More »

For Some Practices, EHRs Aren't Worth It

Paul Cerrato | Healthcare IT News | October 17, 2013

Looking to sell your medical practice? Don't waste time and money upgrading your IT. Read More »

GAO Follows The EHR Incentive Money Trail

Diana Manos | Government Health IT | December 20, 2012

A new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) shows the median Medicaid EHR incentive payment received by hospitals in 2011 was $613,512. Read More »

Government Drops Big Data Bombshell On U.S. Hospital Industry

Dan Munro | Forbes | May 9, 2013

To be honest, I never thought we’d get much further than Steven Brill’s epic Time cover story – Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us. We had seen some of the data in bits and pieces over the years, and we knew that many Americans were driven to bankruptcy through medical expenses, but Steven gave us fresh insight into the personal devastation behind the sheer cost of care. Read More »

Halamka Summarizes the CMS Meaningful Use Final Rule

I’ve been asked to summarize the  752 page CMS Meaningful Use  Final Rule...Between the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and the publication of the CMS Final Rule, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) passed to include sunsetting the Meaningful Use payment adjustment for professionals at the end of 2018.   Also, MACRA requires the establishment of a Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) which would incorporate Meaningful Use.  The comment period will be used in an attempt to align the Meaningful Use program and the MIPS program...Stage 3 is more controversial and I will focus on that.

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Halamka: What Keeps Me Up At Night - Fall 2013

John Halamka | Life As A Healthcare CIO | September 3, 2013

All of these challenges can be conquered. For nearly 20 years, I've led an IT organization that has continuously delivered miracles with 1.9% of the operating budget.  I am ready for the challenges ahead but wonder if mergers/acquisitions, regulatory uncertainty, MU2 certification challenges, resource constraints, and real time demands will create a set of constraints that are impossible to optimize.
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HBR: Redefining The Patient Experience With Collaborative Care

Leonard L. Berry and Jamie Dunham | MRA Alerts and Updates | September 20, 2013

It’s a common patient complaint about the people involved in their care: “Sometimes the left hand doesn’t seem to know what the right hand is doing. I don’t feel everyone is working together.” To address this issue, nurses at ThedaCare employed lean techniques to create a patient-centered, team-based model that’s producing solid results. Read More »

Healing Meals

Liz Kowalczyk | The Boston Globe | June 10, 2013

Hospitals hope that sending healthful food to patients’ homes will keep them from coming back Read More »

Health 3.0: A Vision to Unbreak Healthcare

Dave Chase | Forbes | September 26, 2016

Healthcare is broken. Few argue this point. Dr. Zubin Damania (aka “ZDoggMD”) is releasing an anthem to unbreak healthcare – it’s a parody of Eminem’s critically acclaimed Lose Yourself, with a call to build Health 3.0. ZDoggMD has become an Internet sensation with his musical parodies and characters such as Dr. House of Cards and Doc Vader approaching 100 million views on Facebook and YouTube. Many consider Lose Yourself to be one of the greatest hip hop songs of all time.

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Health Care M&A Spending Grows In Q2 2013, Compared With Q1 2013, According To Irving Levin Associates, Inc.

Staff Writer | Irving Levin Associates. Inc. | July 29, 2013

Health care merger and acquisition activity strengthened in the second quarter of 2013. Deal volume was up 10% versus the previous quarter, with 223 deals announced. However, the quarter underperformed (-15%) in comparison with the same quarter a year ago, according to The Health Care M&A Report. [...] Read More »

Health Care Systems Should Not Be Run For Profit, But Rather For People's Health

Josh Freeman | Medicine and Social Justice | February 2, 2014

I wrote in a recent blog [...] that our health care system ”…is a parallel to our financial services industry: private enterprise is given a license to make money from everyone, and the government finances it. The only difference is that for financial services, the government steps in to bail them out only after they have already stolen all our money, while in health services the profit margin is built in from the start.” [...] Read More »

Health Cloud Grows In Europe

Dillan Yogendra | HIEWatch | July 25, 2013

Cloud computing is rapidly becoming a key enabler for enterprise-wide solutions. In the healthcare IT market, implementing cloud computing technologies effectively can assist European healthcare providers to improve the quality of medical services and the efficiency of operations, share information geographically, and manage overheads. Read More »

Health System Turns To RFID To Slash Infection Rates

Dan Bowman | FierceHealth IT | January 13, 2014

Infection control via improved hand-washing efforts is the impetus for a recently announced pilot project involving big data and wireless sensors at Columbus, Ohio-based OhioHealth. Read More »

Health-Care Delivery: Flex Credits

Editorial | The Chronicle Herald | September 25, 2012

Pragmatism is the lowliest of virtues. It does not inspire great works of literature, soaring rhetoric or killer quotes. Linus Torvalds’ take on it is as good as it gets: “I’m generally a very pragmatic person,” the open-source software pioneer once opined. “That which works works.” Read More »

Healthcare Isn't A Free Market, It's A Giant Economic Scam

Mike Masnick | Techdirt | February 22, 2013

You hear stories about crazy medical bills, but what very few people realize is that the reality of hospital bills can often be orders of magnitude more crazy than what most people expect. [...] Stephen Brill has a very long, but absolutely gripping, detailed analysis of the insanity of medical billing for Time Magazine... Read More »