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Information-Based Careers for Lab Scientists

November 25, 2015 by Daphne Stanford

As a healthcare professional, have you considered more information or office-based positions that still require a good deal of specialization?[read more]


Addiction: The Road to Recovery After the Hospital

November 24, 2015 by Viatcheslav Wlassoff

The prevalence of addictions has risen sharply in recent years. According to the CDC, 2.5% of people over the age of 12 have illegally used drugs in the past month. Since addictions are more common than ever before, medical professionals are looking for new ways to help treat their patients. Many doctors are trying to treat addictions with the use suboxane. However, others prefer alternative treatments.[read more]

Head of the DOJ's Antitrust Division Raises Concerns About Two Proposed Mega-Mergers Between Leading Health Insurers

November 20, 2015 by Katie Brant

The anticipated mergers between four leading health insurers, namely, Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc., and Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp., are causing quite a stir among the American Medical Association (AMA) and antitrust enforcers. They view these mergers as being detrimental to competition and a possible violation of antitrust laws and principles.[read more]

Electronic Health Records: A New Frontier for Medical Malpractice?

November 18, 2015 by Mike Stephenson

There is no question that EHRs make data available more quickly, without having to wait for a transcriptionist or other personnel to enter the doctor’s notes into the computer. However, there is also no question that record-related errors, and therefore malpractice lawsuits, involving EHRs are on the rise. In just one year, from 2013 to 2014, the frequency of lawsuits involving EHRs doubled.[read more]

HIPAA Basics For Licensed Health Care Professionals: Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules

November 16, 2015 by Katie Brant

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued a HIPAA fact sheet for health care professionals and organizations. We could all use a little refresher from time-to-time.[read more]

5 Key Elements of the Peer Review Process

November 13, 2015 by Moira O'Connell

Lately we have been talking about the importance of Independent Review Organizations (IROs) and peer reviews in the healthcare ecosystem. Today we continue this discussion and delve deep into the importance of the peer review process. So let’s take a look at the 5 core building blocks of the peer review process.[read more]

CMS Announces Meaningful Use Final Rules & Stage 3 Implementation

October 22, 2015 by Moira O'Connell

Now that the ICD-10 panic has subsided the healthcare world is focusing on something new: Meaningful Use. Despite mixed reactions from the public and congress, many of whom expressed concern about the proposed changes and rules,[read more]

A Go Live of EPIC Proportions

October 15, 2015 by Kathy Nieder

In exactly two weeks my office will “GO LIVE” with Epic EHR (Electronic Health Record) 2015. This is a much anticipated systemwide move from our present EHR software and has been heralded with a circus analogy, a horde of analysts and other HIT experts, inconceivable amounts of money, two years of planning and general dis-ease among the...[read more]

Eliminating Risk with Independent Review Organizations & External Reviews

October 14, 2015 by Moira O'Connell

We’ve been talking a lot lately about how and where Independent Review Organizations, or IROs, fit into denial management. The Peer Review process, which brings in an unbiased third party to help alleviate the pressure of reviewing claims, is an essential part of denial management. We’ve touched on many of the different benefits of IROs in previous blog posts, from how they affect your ROI to how they bring specialized expertise to reviews. This blog post focuses on the four main ways IROs and external reviews can help eliminate risk within your organization.[read more]

ICD-10: The Countdown is Over – Last Minute Tips

October 1, 2015 by Moira O'Connell

October 1st is here and with it arrives ICD-10. Whether the looming implementation date of the new codes sent your organization into a state of urgency or the date felt like a non-event, ICD-10 is here. There will be a strong focus on the transition to ICD-10 in the coming months and we know it isn’t going to be easy, as resources and employees get allocated to fix errors and educate staff.[read more]

EHR satisfaction survey; reading between the lines and thinking about what's next

September 14, 2015 by Bill Crounse

It was with a bit of my own satisfaction that I read today's HealthcareITNews report on their new user survey of EHR satisfaction . The survey of 396 individual users of 9 major EHR vendors examines metrics of user satisfaction including visual appearance...(read more)[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]