Client News Coverage

Raising the Bar on USP 797 Compliance: Building Stronger Staff Competencies Through Automation, Education and Accountability

Posted in Client News Coverage on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

The introduction of the United States Pharmacopeia Chapter <797> regulation in 2008 sent and continues to send shock waves through hospital pharmacy departments and other sterile drug preparation settings.

Compounding practices that had been ingrained in the pharmaceutical industry for decades were simply turned upside down, and many pharmacies today remain challenged in their pursuit to successfully comply.

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The Best Opportunities for Quality Improvement Projects in Gastroenterology

Posted in Client News Coverage on Thursday, April 10, 2014.

Improving care and lowering costs in the medical field are of the utmost importance. "Quality improvement initiatives are essential in every aspect of healthcare delivery because we will never be as good as we can be without additional monitoring and improvement of performance," says Thomas Deas, Jr., MD, MMM, FASGE, of Gastroenterology Associates of North Texas in Fort Worth.

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Armed to Respond: Leveraging Patient Data To Respond To A Public Health Crisis

Posted in Client News Coverage on Friday, March 28, 2014.

The movement towards a heightened focus on quality, outcomes and cost requires that healthcare organizations make the best use of data that is available to them. Advancement of health IT in the form EHRs has been an important first step in the health IT movement to accurately capture and house patient data. The next step is to extract important patient information in real-time such that it can be used to impact care delivery in a positive way.

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HIMSS attendees share their dreams for an ideal meaningful use update

Posted in Client News Coverage on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

This is the second part of a two-part installment of "HIT Happens," a regular opinion column tackling health IT trends. The first part, where we asked HIMSS attendees to explain what they'd do if given the chance to create the next meaningful use update, can be found here. Part two reveals more responses to the same scenario.

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Remote monitoring matures beyond “cool” status

Posted in Client News Coverage on Monday, March 17, 2014.

From a recent flurry of high-profile acquisitions to publication of studies examining the clinical and financial potential, signs point to the maturation of the remote monitoring technology market from “cool gadgets” to “key player.” It is an often-underestimated market segment that has quietly gone about establishing the value of commercially rugged and widely available technologies and their potential to address significant macro-economic problems in aging services.

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Unintended ICD-10 Consequences: Inadequate Clinical Documentation Can Negatively Impact Physician Profiles

Posted in Client News Coverage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

Often lost in the overarching conversation surrounding the potential negatives of ICD-10 is the very real impact it could have on the selection of physicians and hospitals by health plans, MCOs and shared-risk organizations for participation in provider networks. To succeed, these organizations seek out providers with a strong track record of care that is both high quality and cost-efficient—which is where ICD-10 can hurt or help.

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Healthcare Reaches the EHR Tipping Point

Posted in Client News Coverage on Monday, March 03, 2014.

Sometimes one must call back into the past to understand the present and future. When it comes to current challenges and successes with electronic health records (EHRs), the ongoing countrywide implementation mirrors that of another revolutionary wired device.

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ICD-10's Impact on Cardiology Documentation

Posted in Client News Coverage on Friday, February 21, 2014.

Physician-developed technology can help cardiologists document with the required specificity

October 1, 2014 is the most talked-about date in healthcare—the date by which organizations must utilize the ICD-10 code set to report medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures. As the clock ticks down, the pressure is on, particularly for providers who must learn to document to the level of specificity required under the massive code set. Indeed, providers will have the largest burden, as even the best coders in the world cannot code accurately if the provider does not document the required information.

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The Value of Online Self-Paced Training for ICD-10

Posted in Client News Coverage on Friday, January 17, 2014.

When it comes to ICD-10, many think the 10 months remaining until the transition deadline provides ample time to get coders fully training on the complex new code set. Not only is that unrealistic, but those that haven't already locked in their on-site training programs may find themselves out of luck.

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Evaluating and Enhancing Your Core Measures Reporting Process

Posted in Client News Coverage on Friday, January 17, 2014.

From meaninful use to value-based purchasing, too much is riding on core measures reporting to leave it to chance. Hospitals must have processes and resources that are capable of delivering timely and concise reporting.  They must educate clinicians and other staff on core measures and keep definitions and protocols up to date. All of these resources should be leveraged to improve performance rates and avoid financial penalties.

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Overcoming the Challenges of Core Measures Reporting

Posted in Client News Coverage on Friday, January 17, 2014.

Complying with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)/Joint Commission mandate to monitor and report core measures is a complex, time-consuming process  carrying significant implications for hospitals failing at the task. As the stakes get higher, so too does the level of difficulty involved in maintaining compliant reporting processes.

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Remote Care Provider Partners with Humana on Aging in Place Pilot

Posted in Client News Coverage on Friday, January 17, 2014.

Tech provider Healthsense has partnered with Humana on the national pilot works through Humana’s Humana Cares / Senior Bridge. The insurance provider identified 100 individuals under its Medicare Advantage coverage to participate in the yearlong pilot, with Healthsense providing its remote monitoring technology platform eNeighbor to each of the individuals in the program in an effort to gather data and improve outcomes for home-based senior users.

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How Healthsense and Humana are Improving Health Outcomes

Posted in Client News Coverage on Friday, January 17, 2014.

CAST Supporter Healthsense is teaming up with Humana, a health insurer, to measure the role that in-home sensors and remote monitoring technology can play in improving health outcomes among Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions.

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Remote monitoring pilot study gets under way

Posted in Client News Coverage on Friday, January 17, 2014.

Humana, a Florida-based insurer, and Healthsense, a Minnesota-based provider of technology services for seniors, have teamed up to study the impact of remote monitoring technology on the elderly.

Focusing on Medicare patients with chronic illnesses, the year-long pilot study will assess the feasibility of using telehealth technology, such as in-home sensors and remote monitoring, to reduce frailty-related and fall-related hospital readmissions.

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Humana Launches Remote Monitoring Initiative

Posted in Client News Coverage on Friday, January 17, 2014.

Humana has partnered with technology firm Healthsense for a remote monitoring pilot program to measure the effects of in-home sensors and other monitoring technologies on improving health outcomes and reducing readmissions.

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