Looking at Point-of-Care Devices and Integration

Date: October 13, 2016

One side effect of the rapid expansion and integration of organizational information networks is that commonly used point-of-care devices must now be incorporated into network and capacity planning. The ability to capture information and directly populate the electronic health record and data warehouses is absolutely beneficial for organizations, but interoperability and challenges in securing user […]

Threat Intelligence’s Role in a Successful Digital Security Strategy

Date: October 12, 2016

The Ponemon Institute’s Fifth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy & Security of Healthcare Data reports that web-borne malware attacks caused security incidents for 78% of surveyed healthcare organizations, with an estimated cost of $2.1 million per data breach. Figures like this put the real impact of cyberthreats into perspective. Standard digital security measures are crucial […]

Cardiac Bundled Payments: The Heart of the Matter

This summer, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposal outlining a bundled payment model for cardiac services. The new model will take effect in July 2017, first in hospitals from 98 randomly-selected metropolitan areas. Like its older cousin, the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model, cardiac bundled payments will be […]

Providing Collection Agencies with Settlement Authority to Increase the Likelihood of Collection

Date: October 7, 2016
Category: Revenue Cycle
Filed under: collections agencies

Given the challenges faced by many healthcare organizations in collecting patient liabilities, some providers are thinking of bestowing greater authority to third-party collection agencies in allowing them to offer discounts on patient balances. By doing so, leaders may be able to improve the likelihood of collection on balances that may have otherwise gone unresolved. In […]

New CMS Rule for Emergency Preparedness: What Should the Supply Chain Know?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that administers Medicare and Medicaid, announced on September 8 a new rule intended to strengthen provider preparedness for natural and man-made disasters. The rule will apply to all healthcare facilities participating in the government-run programs, which account for about 60% of hospital care, according […]

Innovations in Medical Imaging

Date: October 5, 2016

New methods and technologies in medical imaging are not only creating more accurate images but also facilitating fresh approaches to clinical problems. The use of 3-D modeling in medical imaging is one of the clearest advancements, such as in the case of digital breast tomosynthesis. Traditional mammograms take two images, but this technique creates high-resolution […]

Determining a Best-Fit Coding Career Ladder: Examining Structures Across Organizations

Date: October 4, 2016
Category: Revenue Cycle
Filed under: Career ladder

While the initial burden of large-scale shifts like ICD-10 has passed, leaders hoping to continue operating with an efficient coding workforce may be wise to maintain retention programs, such as career ladders. With the aim of helping providers determine a best-fit structure, the following explores three career ladder models. Nationwide Health System At a large […]

FHIR: The Future of Interoperability in Healthcare?

Date: October 3, 2016
Filed under: FHIR, Interoperability

There are a number of barriers to the vision of interoperability guiding the direction of healthcare IT, not least of which is the limitations of aged data standards such as HL7. In an effort to create a modern, open, and flexible standard for data exchange, Health Level Seven International developed Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). […]

Shining a Light on UV Disinfection Robots

Date: September 30, 2016
Category: Supply Chain

Trending for around the last year and a half on the hospital cleaning and disinfection scene have been ultraviolet (UV) disinfection robots. Posited as a chemical-free and speedy alternative to more traditional cleaning methods, a handful of devices have hit the market. UV disinfection works by using ultraviolet light to alter the DNA of present […]