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Hospital Administration

2015 CPT Coding Changes and Your Radiology Practice

March 24, 2015 by Andy Salmen

The majority of the changes in codes is more about bundling multiple codes into one, or creating new codes that clarify the usage of bundles. There are also some new Medicare approved items for 2105 that will be add-on codes for digital and diagnostic mammography. Here are some specific changes affecting radiology practices.[read more]

Online Bill Pay Starts to Accelerate in Healthcare

March 22, 2015 by David E Williams

A handful of startups have made the online bill pay process more consumer oriented, with the idea of improving collection rates, lowering administrative costs, and increasing patient satisfaction with the process. I’ve interviewed the CEOs of two such companies, Simplee and PatientPay.[read more]

Should Hospital Websites Be Labeled for Consumers as Advertising?  

March 20, 2015 by Lonnie Hirsch

Hospital advertising is in the news recently. One issue is about price transparency and publishing cost information in ads for patients. The second notion proposes that hospital websites should be labeled as advertising—with the implication that if it’s “advertising,” it may not be “reliable.”[read more]

3 Tips for Great Health Care Management

March 13, 2015 by Alleli Aspili

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The act of demanding social capital expenditure will go a long way in instilling specific and long-lasting reforms in the healthcare system. How do you manage a team to ensure quality health care delivery? We have three tips to elevate health care management to greatness–along with real-life stories of organizations that did it right.[read more]

6 Ways You Might Be Unwittingly Making a HIPAA Violation

March 12, 2015 by Abby Norman

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With all this talk about making patient records more accessible to care teams via the magic of the electronic record, HIPAA and HITECH— the two laws that govern patient privacy — might seem like a bit of a downer. But ensuring that you are always in compliance will save you money in the form of fines and penalties for breaches.[read more]

BIG-BIG-BIG: Company, Heart and Checkbook

March 12, 2015 by Elizabeth Zampino

The last time I was in the Turner Auditorium at UW Health Sciences, I was a Clinical Informatics student learning about telehealth as more or less a theory. That was five years ago; now sitting in the same seat the numbers are flying in with results showing how telehealth is saving big bucks for hospitals.[read more]

Hospital Ranking Disagreement Isn’t the Only Such Problem

March 11, 2015 by David E Williams

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I love the latest Health Affairs article showing about disagreement among hospital ratings. But another, more insidious problem arises when raters agree on what measures to use. Case in point: pay for performance and physician quality measures used by health plans.[read more]

How to Engage Physicians with the New ACO Benefits

March 11, 2015 by Abby Norman

While the myriad ways in which ACOs benefit patients and healthcare organizations have been heavily touted over the last several years, many doctors find themselves asking “Yeah – well, what’s in it for me?” For a lot of physicians, ACOs may seem like more work than they’re going to be worth.[read more]

The Most Important Quality Improvement Measure: Patient Follow-Up

March 9, 2015 by Abby Norman

One of the biggest misconceptions in medicine right now, which also happens to be one of the most costly, is that the patient’s care ends when they are discharged. The truth is, often times it’s what happens (or doesn’t happen) when a patient goes home that determines their outcome.[read more]

4 Tips for Building a Better Hospital Brand

March 8, 2015 by Jonathan Catley

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The healthcare landscape is rapidly evolving. Today, a compelling, consistent and comprehensive brand helps hospitals stand out from the crowd of healthcare organizations competing for the same care dollars. These four brand-building tips are designed to position your hospital for ongoing success.[read more]

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]