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10 Best Jobs in Healthcare

December 19, 2014 by Christina Thielst

Top healthcare jobs

Over the years I've supported young healthcare professionals with my ideas about the best jobs in healthcare. These usually arose as a result of the difficulty I found in finding qualified candidates for openings in my healthcare organizations. Here's a list of the 10 best jobs in healthcare, and it's one I agree with.[read more]

Healthcare 2014: A Retrospective

December 18, 2014 by Abby Norman

In 2014, as an industry, healthcare saw a continued move towards accountable care, shared decision making, value-based purchasing and patient satisfaction measures. Buzzwords abound, there was a lot for everyone – providers, patients and payers – to juggle this year. And it looks like the trend is apt to continue into 2015.[read more]

PQRS and the Benefits of Participating in 2015

December 18, 2014 by Andy Salmen

The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) initially known as Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) was created under the 2006 Act – Tax Relief and Health Care. The program was made permanent under Medicare Improvement for both Providers and Patients Act of 2008.[read more]

In Praise of FDA Collaboration: The Cardiac Safety Example

December 18, 2014 by David E Williams

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On Friday, I attended the Cardiac Safety Research Consortium meeting hosted by the Food and Drug Administration announcing the results of a new study that promises significant advances and improvements to the way cardiac safety is assessed for new drugs being developed by pharmaceutical companies.[read more]

Farzad Mostashari on the Proposed ACO Regulation: Interview with David Harlow

December 17, 2014 by David Harlow

Farzad Mostashari

Farzad Mostashari MD was one of the authors of the Brookings Institute ACO issue brief released in the spring, suggesting some changes to the program that would keep current ACOs engaged past the end of their three-year contract term, and improving the program overall.[read more]

Aging Gracefully: Part 1

December 17, 2014 by Stephen Schimpff

I was recently invited to give a talk to a group of about 100 individuals contemplating moving to a continuing care retirement community. The topic - is it possible to slow the aging process? I titled it “Aging Gracefully.” Here are my thoughts divided into three major categories.[read more]

Preventable Mortality Down in Hospitals by 17%

December 16, 2014 by Abby Norman

We’re making steady progress in improving the quality of our care all around – one study shows that from 2010 to 2013, the rate of preventable mortality in healthcare went down by 17% – half of that reduction occurring form 2012-2013.[read more]

Steve Blank Challenges Federal Government to Lean Entrepreneurship

December 16, 2014 by Nicole Fisher

Steve Blank

As a serial entrepreneur, academic, veteran, author and one of Forbes 2013 30 Most Influential People in Tech, Steve Blank has carved out a well-documented career teaching others success in the startup world using his Lean LaunchPad curriculum.[read more]

Forming Alliances to Mitigate Risk: Payer Provider Perspective

December 15, 2014 by Abby Norman

For payers and providers, there has to be not just an agreement in ideals, but an agreement in process. This can be difficult to fathom when you remember that while the bottom line might be the same for everyone, the specific needs of providers are often at odds with what’s needed by those in the financial sector.[read more]

The Ministry of Health in Oman Moves from Analog to Digital Radiography

December 12, 2014 by Erica Carnevale

Hamdan Al Nasri, Head of Radiology Services, Ministry of Health, Oman, discusses how the organization has made the switch from analog to digital radiography, and the benefits that it has experienced since the switch has been made.[read more]

Health Care: A Modern-Day Blade Runner?

December 10, 2014 by Nicole Fisher

While no one can predict with certainty what the future of health analytics and scientific advancement look like, it’s clear that regression in one area as others surge forward is not an option. Just as we cannot go back to health care in the US before the ACA, the future of health will certainly not look like it does under the ACA.[read more]

5 Things You Need to Know About ACA in 2015

December 10, 2014 by Abby Norman

Five years into the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare climate of the United States has continued to evolve and improve. While the system is imperfect, there’s plenty of positivity to consider since it launched in 2010. Let’s take a look at five things you should know in the coming year as the nation continues to move forward with the ACA.[read more]