The American Hospital Association spent 11 percent more on federal lobbying in the third quarter than it did a year earlier as it focused on shaping the health care overhaul, according to a recent disclosure report.
In the third quarter, it lobbied on a House bill that called for a repeal of the healthcare overhaul, which aims to cover millions of uninsured people but also imposes new restrictions on the industry. The association also lobbied on provisions of the overhaul that provide for an independent payment advisory board, and it worked to improve the regulation to implement accountable care organizations, which attempt to coordinate and improve care to achieve Medicare savings.
Healthcare IT News ranked the best large hospital IT departments according to size: Large, Medium and Small.
According to the site, their goal was to "Determine what characteristics distinguish the best departments from all the rest. To do that, employees graded their IT departments across seven categories: day-to-day work, IT team, management, hospital leadership, workplace culture, training and development and compensation."
The 1st Annual HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey, released on Monday, finds that almost all respondents have accessed clinical information through a mobile device. But just 38 percent of them report having a policy in place that regulates the devices' use.
The 12-page report, released on the first day of the mHealth Summit, points to widespread mHealth use in healthcare settings, but also indicates that upper-level management is having problems keeping up with the technology. According to the survey, about half of the respondents said their organization is developing a mobile technology policy, while close to two-thirds plan to have a policy in place in the next six months.
Radiologists might sometimes wonder if they’re operating in a health care vacuum. As federal initiatives and health IT lead to greater integration of the care delivery system, and health information exchange (HIE) initiatives means more providers are communicating, though, that sense will change.
The efforts to create more efficient data exchange and improve communication among radiologists and other providers are not just about compliance, say those physicians who have been at the forefront of these HIE initiatives for RSNA. Quality improvement is about connecting radiology with patient care -- something that can, at times, be lost.
From Forbes: Self-obsessed citizen scientists who use gadgets like the FitBit and Up by Jawbone to track their own health data and engage in group experiments online have piqued media interest of late. Now a doctor has endorsed the power of this emerging trend.
Great interview with Dave deBronkart, aka "e-Patient Dave." Very insipring guy and a great speaker. I recommend viewing the embedded video to get a better idea of his message. I was lucky enough to hear him at the Mayo Ragan Social Media Conference in October.
A Forbes magazine headline said this week, “Innovation Saves the World.” But can innovation save the world’s broken healthcare system?
“The biggest issue is getting money and help. The cost of capital for biotech companies is way above the cost for big companies, by a factor of five,” said George Bickerstaff, Executive Chairman of The Global Leaders, Partner and Managing Director of M.M. Dillon LLC, and former CFO, Novartis Pharma AG. “We’ll be bringing together some of the best and brightest minds in the world to address one of the biggest challenges facing this generation or any to follow.”
Nominate your favorite Health IT Twitter account for the 2011 #HITsm Award!
Nominations are accepted until noon, Dec. 16. Award winners will be published Dec. 20 on HL7STandards.com (and re-scooped here).
Please email your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org with the Twitter ID/name, links to the nominated Twitter account, and a brief explanation on why each nominee deserves an #HITsm Award. Winners will be selected based on a combination of Fox ePractice rankings and Kred and Klout scores.
Virginia launches a statewide Advance Health Care Directory Registry to allow residents to upload medical documents into a secure online repository.
Documents — including medical power of attorney, do-not-resuscitate forms, legal wills, organ donor information and other medical requests — can be uploaded into the password-protected, centralized repository, according to the Virginia Department of Heath.
Residents receive a PIN after creating an account on the registry’s website. Remley said the user can share the PIN with anyone who he or she would like to grant access to the medical documents, such as family members or physicians. In the event that the account holder is incapacitated or unable to make his or her own medical decisions, those who have the PIN can access the medical documents and help honor the account holder’s health-care wishes.
The Wall Street Transcript has just published its Health Care IT Report offering a review of the sector to serious investors and industry executives. A Morningstar analyst discusses the outlook for health IT in this Q&A.
"We are still in the early innings of this industry. Nonetheless, now we are seeing some companies growing at different rates, depending on where they are positioned in the market. I think that besides growth, something we keep an eye on is the regulatory framework. The meaningful use rule is one of the key drivers of the industry, so that's something that we certainly keep an eye on because any changes to meaningful use rules can significantly affect the rate of adoption of health care IT."
The HIT Standards Committee, a federal advisory panel, reminds stakeholders that public comment is being solicited through Dec. 15 on specifications to support health information exchange across the nationwide health information network.
Apple is a company that builds stuff for consumers. Macs. iPods. iPhones. iPads. Though these devices may show up inside businesses, the company rarely promotes them for corporate use, and it has slowly pulled away from the few products it does sell to businesses. Its XServe servers died a premature death this past January. But for some reason, Apple is pushing the iPad into hospitals, playing against its well-polished image as the world’s most successful consumer gadget company.
Afshad Mistri is Apple’s secret weapon in a stealth campaign to get the iPad into the hands of doctors. And it’s a campaign that seems to be paying off.
An important, in-depth article in Forbes on why ACOs aren't likely to curb Medicare costs, plus valuable recommendations of what would work.
How does Medicare accomplish this? First Medicare must make greater use of existing capabilities to manage, in an evidence-based way, the appropriate use of prescription drugs, of expensive diagnostic imaging, and of expensive therapeutic interventions. There is a large benefits management industry in this country with a proven track record in managing these powerful but expensive components of health care. While Medicare has taken some advantage of pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs), optimal use of PBMs along with radiology benefits management and initiation of management of other expensive procedures and interventions (only as best medical evidence dictates) should be able to shave $10 billion or more off annual Medicare spending.
How much could this save? Estimates range from as low as 10-15% to as high as 25-30% of all healthcare expenditures. For fee-for-service Medicare this could mean from $40 to $120 billion per year.
Is this possible? It is already being achieved within the well-performing Medicare Advantage plans where primary care physicians are delivering quality care, gaining reimbursement of 150-200% of fee-for-service Medicare, and controlling unnecessary resource utilization.
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