Client News Coverage

The Advent of ACOs

Posted in Client News Coverage on Monday, May 23, 2011.

Many of the issues facing the healthcare system relate to controlling costs while improving quality. Enter accountable care organizations (ACOs), coordinated systems of collaboration designed to closely connect groups of providers willing to take responsibility for improving overall health status, care efficiency, and the experiences of a defined patient population.

For the Record»

Electronic Patient Surveillance Systems

Posted in Client News Coverage on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.

Electronic infection surveillance reduces LOS and diversion of patients to competitor hospitals.

Effective inpatient throughput is essential in managing length of stay (LOS), avoiding diversion of patients to competing hospitals and achieving stellar patient satisfaction scores. One area that is sometimes overlooked in the broader content of patient flow or throughput, but which deeply impacts the movement of patients throughout the facility, is isolation management.

Executive Insights»

Transitioning to ICD-10: Continued Procrastination May Put Practices in Financial Jeopardy

Posted in Client News Coverage on Friday, May 13, 2011.

It is no secret that, by October 2013, all physicians, hospitals and payers must have made the switch from ICD-9 to the greatly expanded ICD-10 diagnosis code set. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized this decision back in January 2009.

Manatee-Sarasota Medical News»

Wolters Kluwer Health to Acquire Lexi-Comp

Posted in Client News Coverage on Wednesday, April 27, 2011.

Wolters Kluwer Health, a Philadelphia-based provider of information and business intelligence for professionals, students and institutions in medicine, nursing, allied health and pharmacy, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Lexi-Comp Inc., a Hudson, Ohio-based provider of drug information and clinical content for pharmacists and clinicians. The acquisition is the latest in a series of strategic acquisitions Wolters Kluwer Health has made in its Clinical Solutions business as part of the company's strong focus on serving the point-of-care segment.

Healthcare Informatics»

Wolters Kluwer to Buy Lexi-Comp

Posted in Client News Coverage on Wednesday, April 27, 2011.

Medical content and educational services firm Wolters Kluwer Health will acquire Lexi-Comp Inc., a vendor of point-of-care drug clinical decision support software for hospital pharmacists and clinicians. Acquisition terms were not disclosed.

HealthData Management»

Wolters Kluwer Health to acquire Lexi-Comp

Posted in Client News Coverage on Wednesday, April 27, 2011.

Philadelphia-based Wolters Kluwer Health has entered into an agreement to acquire Lexi-Comp, a drug information and clinical content provider based in Hudson, Ohio. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Modern Healthcare»

Overcoming ICD-10 Physician Documentation Challenges: Q&A With Dr. Steve Claypool and Allison Errickson of ProVation Medical

Posted in Client News Coverage on Wednesday, April 27, 2011.

Steve Claypool, MD, is vice president of clinical development and informatics, and Allison Errickson, CPC-H, is director of coding compliance and content, Clinical Solutions Division, for ProVation Medical.

Becker's ASC Review»

Economy, technology altering healthcare job demand

Posted in Client News Coverage on Thursday, April 14, 2011.

After two decades of critical nurse and physician shortages, an economic climate of high unemployment would seem to be the antidote for the healthcare sector. Yet those same economic forces are preventing hospitals and health centers from hiring enough people to satisfy demand, labor specialists say.

Healthcare Finance News»

Decision Support: A Foundation for Success

Posted in Client News Coverage on Monday, April 11, 2011.

Clinical decision-support systems can lay the groundwork for better and safer care, but the process requires plenty of heavy lifting prior to implementation

Besides requiring computerized physician order entry (CPOE), meaningful use criteria specify that providers who want to qualify for federal financial incentives implement clinical decision support (CDS) in the form of drug-drug, drug-allergy, and drug-formulary checks as well as five CDS rules relevant to specialty or high clinical priority, including rules for diagnostic test ordering. Providers will also need to demonstrate the ability to track compliance with those rules.

For the Record»

Q&A: The good, bad, and otherwise of ACO regs

Posted in Client News Coverage on Tuesday, April 05, 2011.

On April 1, the Department of Health and Human Services released the much-anticipated ACO (accountable care organization) guidelines – to a degree of hype that one health IT executive said “could begin the redefinition of our nation’s healthcare system.” Along with such glowing remarks, however, are a handful of shortcomings that others would like to see addressed.

Government Health IT»

Palmetto Physician Connections Brings Medical Homes To South Carolina Healthy Connections With New Medicaid Managed Care Plan

Posted in Client News Coverage on Tuesday, April 05, 2011.

Palmetto Physician Connections, LLC has successfully launched a new Medicaid managed care health plan in South Carolina's Healthy Connections Choices program. Under a contract with the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS), Palmetto Physician Connections is providing healthcare services through a medical homes network to beneficiaries in 39 counties.

Healthcare Technology Online»

Doctors Administrative Solutions Granted Qualified EHR Vendor Status by Florida REC

Posted in Client News Coverage on Sunday, April 03, 2011.

Doctors Administrative Solutions (DAS) announced on March 22, 2011 that it has been named a qualified electronic health record (EHR) vendor by the Paperfree Florida Collaborative, a regional extension center (REC) established to assist Florida healthcare providers in the selection and meaningful use of health IT systems.

Executive Insight»

New health plan launches medical home model for its SC Medicaid contract

Posted in Client News Coverage on Friday, April 01, 2011.

COLUMBIA, SC – Palmetto Physician Connections, a new government-sponsored health plan, is launching a medical home care model as it looks to build its managed care business with South Carolina’s Healthy Connections Choices Medicaid program.

Healthcare Finance News»

Doctors Administrative Solutions Appoints Jennifer Shimek as COO

Posted in Client News Coverage on Thursday, March 17, 2011.

Doctors Administrative Solutions (DAS), Tampa, FL, appointed Jennifer Shimek as chief operating officer (COO) on March 7, 2011. She is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the organization.

Executive Insight»

MedHOK Earns Full NCQA HEDIS Software Certification For 360Measures

Posted in Client News Coverage on Monday, March 14, 2011.

Software recognized for its ability to ensure quality improvement and compliance for health plans by organizing data into actionable, sharable information that provides a 360-degree view of the patient

MedHOK has earned National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) Software Certification for 360Measures. Full HEDIS 2011 certification was achieved for 360Measures 1.56, which successfully passed all 62 measures included in the program.

Healthcare Technology Online»