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Key Challenges and Solutions of Healthcare Payment Reform
27Apr, 2018

Better choices needed to manage US healthcare cost growth, says Paul Krugman at HIMSS18

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Economist Paul Krugman says more scrutiny on elective procedures could contribute to a long-term solution. “Though the U.S. still has the highest healthcare costs in the world, there are a few options that could be used to dig out of that — any of which would be better than the current state, said Krugman, which he described with a quote from Homer Simpson: “The U.S. government is an insurance company with an army.” To Krugman, “Medicaid looks more like the systems in other countries and is a well-established system. But if […]
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22Mar, 2018

HealthAxis Group to exhibit at TIPAAA 23rd Annual National Meeting

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HealthAxis Group to exhibit at The Independent Physician Association of America’s 23rd Annual National Meeting Location: Harrah’s Hotel & Casino, New Orleans, LA From Date: March 28, 2018 To: March 30, 2018 HealthAxis Group will be exhibiting at TIPAAA’s 23rd Annual National Meeting at Harrah’s Hotel & Casino in New Orleans, LA March 28-30, 2018, booth #43.  We will be showcasing our core stack technology platform including our Core Benefit Administration System and Web-Based Self-Service Portals as well as providing further information on our EHR/PM and Provider Solutions.  For more information […]
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3Jan, 2018

Health systems’ IT priorities for 2018: Cybersecurity technologies, patient-generated data

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Many major health systems plan to invest in improved cybersecurity technologies next year. “Cybersecurity improvements are top of mind for health IT executives this coming year, but they’re planning a more cautious approach when it comes to technologies like wearables and artificial intelligence, according to a new survey. IT leaders said they want to be more proactive in detecting and preventing cyberattacks or data breaches. Fifty-four percent of respondents said they want to invest in better identification technologies, including risk assessment and education initiatives, and 50% said they plan to invest in protection […]
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Building the Healthcare System of the Future
11Dec, 2017

CMS takes aim at regulatory reforms to ease provider burden

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Lack of productivity and increased workload among top complaints from providers surveyed The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is committed to reducing the regulatory burden on providers with several new initiatives as part of the Trump administration’s broader efforts to cut red tape in the federal government, according to CMS Administrator Seema Verma. According to Verma, CMS is one of the top agencies in terms of the volume of regulations it generates—11,000 pages every year, and she contends that “too much regulation can have a suffocating effect on the […]
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4Dec, 2017

Doctors spend too much time on EHRs? Most patients don’t think so

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But only half of consumers think EHRs make healthcare safer, according to a new survey by HealtheLink. Given all the hue and cry about electronic health records distracting clinicians and inhibiting their ability to make eye contact with patients during office visits, the consensus has been that doctors waste precious time on EHRs. But new research suggests fewer patients feel that way than one might expect. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they believe EHRs make care safer. Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social media!
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The rise and risk of IoT in healthcare
3Nov, 2017

EHR satisfaction survey 2017: After years of frustrations, user wish-list turns positive

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Electronic Health Records: Surprisingly, Users are Satisfied Overall “CIOs, clinical staff still want better interoperability and ease of use, but the focus is shifting to improving EHRs, not just fixing them. Questions included: How satisfied are you with the features of your EHR? What do you like best about the software? What would you change? How do you rate user interface and experience? How is its interoperability with other systems, and with medical devices? Security? Modularity? Vendor support services? Overall, responses tended toward constructive criticism with suggestions on areas to build […]
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8Sep, 2017

OIG plans to investigate $15 billion in meaningful use payments

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Healthcare IT News on Meaningful Use Payments “The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General will review the accuracy of $14.6 billion in meaningful use payments made to hospitals by Medicare between 2011 and 2016. Earlier this year, the OIG estimated physicians were wrongfully paid $729 million under meaningful use.” Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social media!  
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Securing data integrity at the ‘front door’ of care delivery
22May, 2017

Securing data integrity at the “front door” of care delivery

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Although most of the health industry has moved records and administrative processes from paper to digital, human error remains a costly issue. People make errors. Generally speaking, this fact is collectively understood, and we make concessions when necessary, working to repair and correct when possible. However, in the health industry, human errors become more costly than the norm, ultimately impacting the well being of patients, even to the point of death. In fact, a recent study released by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine concluded that medical errors are the […]
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MGMA Advises New HHS Secretary on MACRA Implementation
12Apr, 2017

MGMA Advises New HHS Secretary on MACRA Implementation

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MGMA made suggestions to improve various aspects of the healthcare industry that benefit medical groups participating in MACRA implementation. The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) recently recommended MACRA implementation and other policy suggestions to the newly confirmed Secretary of Department of Health & Human Services. In a letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, MGMA made suggestions regarding topics including administrative simplification, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), alternative payment models (APMs), EHR certification, and the Stark Physician Self-Referral Law.  Read the full article. Check out this article and more […]
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The importance of securing patient identity as health IT goes virtual
3Apr, 2017

The importance of securing patient identity as health IT goes virtual

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Normal healthcare concerns become even more pressing with the growing prevalence of virtual care. Health IT solutions must address patient ID challenges along the care continuum. As virtual care grows to engage a wider breadth of patients, the industry needs to look at innovative ways to ensure ID security.  Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social media!
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