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The ABCs of CCJR

August 21, 2015 by James Dias

The recent announcement by CMS of its proposed Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CCJR) program is raising more than a few eyebrows. This mandated orthopedic bundle program is scheduled to begin January 1, 2016 for hospitals in specified geographic areas.[read more]

HIMSS Federal & Stage Public Policy Update

August 20, 2015 by Elizabeth Zampino

Speaker:  Jeffrey R. Coughlin, MPP Senior Director, Federal & State Affairs HIMSS North AmericaThis luncheon appropriately took place in the relatively new and beautiful Alder Commons Auditorium on the University of Washington Campus. Jeff briefed me (I cannot speak for others in the room) on Meaningful Use current events (what...[read more]

Patient Outcomes Culture - A Healthcare Game Changer

August 20, 2015 by Tim Kilpatrick

The fifty-four year old Dennis Manners suffered from alcoholism and seizures. He was treated 337 times in the Emergency room in less than two years. He racked up $626,143 in charges at the University Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. With Dennis being homeless, he had no way to pay his bill.To address this, University...[read more]

Wal-Mart provides evidence Obamacare is working

August 20, 2015 by David E Williams

Healthcare Shopping Cart

What’s in your basket? Weakness in Wal-Mart's pharmacy business is a sign that the Affordable Care Act is having an impact for lower middle class families.[read more]

2015 Trends for Rural Hospitals and Rural Healthcare

August 18, 2015 by Moira O'Connell

According to the NC Rural Health Research Program there have been 56 rural hospital closures since 2010. The reasons behind the closures may vary but the message rings true, rural hospitals are struggling and something needs to be done. From difficulties implanting new HER systems to the re-evaluation of Medicare reimbursements, rural hospitals are looking for new ways to stay afloat. We’ve selected 4 trends that we’ve seen buzzing in the rural healthcare sector this year and that have been helping rural hospitals make the changes they need to succeed.[read more]

Why Doctors Need to Hear Patient Gripes and Complaints

August 17, 2015 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

The dramatic changes in the nation’s healthcare delivery system means, more than at any time in the past, that doctors need to listen intently to what patients are concerned about, and have a system in place to document and remedy patient issues.[read more]

Healthcare Executives – Keep Calm and Be A King for A Day

August 14, 2015 by Phil C. Solomon

If you were king for a day, what three strategies would you pursue to enable health systems to win in post-reform healthcare?[read more]

The 5 Biggest Challenges Healthcare Leaders are Facing in 2015

August 5, 2015 by Moira O'Connell

2015 Healthcare Challenges

2015 has been a big year of change for many healthcare systems. With this change, healthcare leaders have been faced with many challenges, including complying with new federal regulations and making strategic moves towards better care. We've compiled a list of the five biggest challenges healthcare leaders have been facing this year.[read more]

5 Reasons Latinos Could Be The Most Powerful Transformation Of The U.S. Health System

August 5, 2015 by Nicole Fisher

We hear everyday that the U.S. population is browning. With each passing year, more and more people are classified as Latino/Hispanic. Unfortunately, this population is affected by our health system's shortcomings in vast and unique ways, and they are diverse in ways most do not understand. Yet, the group is growing [...][read more]

Expanding Medicaid benefits for improved behavioral health care, substance abuse treatment

August 4, 2015 by Cynthia Telles

Cynthia Telles is the director of the Spanish-speaking Psychosocial Clinic of the Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital at UCLA, she is also an associate clinical professor at the university. She provides training and hosts comprehensive mental-health services to the community. Cynthia Telles has also been on the board of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plans for over 10+ years.[read more]

How immigrants help health reform succeed

July 31, 2015 by David E Williams

Medicare turns 50 today, which has provided an opportunity for all manner of retrospectives and speculation about what the future holds. The Partnership for a New American Economy is publicizing one of my favorite arguments: that immigrants are a key reason that Medicare is still solvent.Their 2014 study (Staying...[read more]

3 Big Healthcare Trends To Watch in 2015

July 21, 2015 by Moira O'Connell
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Healthcare trends from specialty pharmacy to accreditation have been gaining traction this year in the healthcare world. We have been keeping an eye on three additional healthcare trends that we expect to hugely impact the healthcare industry through the end of the year and continuing on to 2016. From ICD-10 to telehealth, let's explore these important trends and what they mean for healthcare![read more]