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Strategic Positioning for Healthcare Organizations

February 27, 2015 by David Avitabile

Does your strategic plan align with your culture? If not, in what ways does your culture need to change? This is where the strategic planning process can become a reality check, and a real test of an organization's desire to engage in authentic organizational improvement.[read more]

8 Months Until ICD-10 Implementation: What to Know

February 23, 2015 by Andy Salmen

Most medical providers are aware that October 1, 2015, is the date they must quit using the outdated ICD-9 billing codes and begin using ICD-10 codes. The implementation date has been postponed more than once and it is not expected to be postponed again (however, rumors are beginning to swirl around Congress).[read more]

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Five Ways to Lead an ACO to Failure

February 23, 2015 by Andrew Mellin

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Creating an ACO in a health system or network requires new organizational structures, new IT capabilities and, most importantly, new leadership skills. Learn five mistakes that experienced, successful leaders avoid when developing an ACO.[read more]

NASCAR's Hendrick Motorsports Takes Lead As Health Care Role Model

February 22, 2015 by Nicole Fisher

It wasn’t until the President of Hendrick Motorsports Marshall Carlson needed the help of surgeons at Boston Children’s Hospital for his daughter that an orthopedic surgeon realized a model his team, his hospital and care teams around the country needed was right in front of him: NASCAR.[read more]

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How Hospital Execs Can Keep Up in the Fast-Paced Tech World

February 20, 2015 by Asha Saxena

Data and technology advancements are revolutionizing the healthcare landscape, from patient exams to medical records to staffing and scheduling. Hospital executives must decide whether they will hold their hospital back or embrace new innovations.[read more]

Hospital Acquired Infections Are Down: But Is It Enough?

February 20, 2015 by Abby Norman

Nosocomial infections may infect as many as 1 out of every 25 hospitalized patients, according to CDC data. That’s approximately 1.7 million patients annually. Hearing these figures you might be wondering if the protocols currently in place are ineffective and in need of review. The problem isn’t with the protocols, but rather, compliance.[read more]

Why Clinicians Are Frustrated with Health IT

February 19, 2015 by Bill Crounse

I had to chuckle when I came across a blog post on KevinMD this morning. The post that appears on what is described as social media’s leading physician voice doesn’t mince words. In the post, Dr. Edwin Leap does an excellent job explaining why so many physicians are totally frustrated by health IT.[read more]

Defectors: When Professional Colleagues Stop Referring

February 18, 2015 by Lonnie Hirsch

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A continuing stream of professional referrals requires a well-considered system. Regular attention to the process and being responsive to the expectations of the referring practice can reduce the incidence of defectors to the competition.[read more]

2015 Means an Increase in Medicare Penalties for Readmissions

February 17, 2015 by Abby Norman

For the third year in a row, Medicare will be increasing the percent penalty for hospitals who have high readmission rates: up now to 3% in 2015. Despite efforts through the ACA and readmission reductions programs, the rate of readmissions continues to rise.[read more]

The Meaning of Meaningful Use

February 13, 2015 by Abby Norman

Starting October 1st, there will be a year long reporting cycle implemented for those healthcare organizations that still need to attest to Meaningful Use Stage 2. One reason for this change in the reporting timeline was simply that the vast majority of providers just aren’t ready.[read more]

Physicians Are Your Top Brand Ambassadors!

February 13, 2015 by Michael Sherman

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For population health and the related practice of integrative medicine, the physician has become a true healthcare partner. The best way to involve your physicians in the kinds of marketing this new healthcare philosophy demands is to make them aware of just how important they are in the process of generating brand awareness.[read more]

Innovating Technology to Drive Collaborative Care [VIDEO]

February 13, 2015 by Erica Carnevale

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Listen in on a discussion about fragmentation of the healthcare delivery system, how collaborative care can combat this fragmentation and lead to better efficiency, and the need for radiologists to be an integral part of patient portals as more patients use and rely on them.[read more]