Quick show of hands: How many providers love the manual processes involved in authorizations?
Shifting financial realities are forcing hospitals to adopt new practices to keep the cash flowing.
As one of the most commonly used drugs in the U.S., acetaminophen serves as an active ingredient in hundreds of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medicines. It’s also one of the easiest to overdose considering that a patient has unfettered access to OTC versions. While acetaminophen’s OTC status lulls many patients into believing it’s nearly harmless, taking four grams in a 24-hour period has been linked over and over again to liver injury.
With the clock ticking toward the October 1st deadline for ICD-10, many providers still have a lot of preparation work to complete.
From the absolutely enormous exhibit hall to the wide variety of talks available during the conference, last week’s HIMSS provided a wealth of information and stimulation for new ideas.
For many organizations, HIMSS planning starts at the close of the previous year’s event —presentation submissions must be coordinated, vendors begin booth and marketing planning. For leaders of hospitals and health systems planning to attend HIMSS14, the anticipation of the pending annual event is probably just beginning to build. As a leader in your healthcare organization, how are you preparing to get the most out of HIMSS14?
VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, a longtime leader in the field, operates 51 hospice programs nationwide and generates about $1 billion in claims annually. The organization works closely with RelayHealth to help get a handle on all this complexity and remain focused on its mission.
The need for hospice care continues to grow, and with this growth comes similar challenges faced by every other area of healthcare – escalating costs, dwindling reimbursements, and daunting compliance and regulatory issues. Read More
These days, the topic of big data in healthcare is all the rage in healthcare IT conferences, not to mention in boardrooms across the country. But what does big data really mean? What are its applications? And is there truly ROI in big data projects? Let’s start by addressing a few basic questions.
There’s so much information being written on what it means to “transform” our health system, keeping up can seem like a full time job. We’ve distilled these ideas down to their essence and identified four areas that are rife for misinterpretation.
Munson Healthcare can trace its origins back nearly a century to Dr. James Decker Munson, who donated a boarding house for use as a community hospital in 1915. The Traverse City hospital, later called Munson Medical Center, was northern Michigan’s first general hospital. If Dr. Munson could see his donated boarding house today, he’d be very proud: Munson Healthcare now includes the flagship, 391-licensed bed Munson Medical Center and seven other partner hospitals in a regional, nonprofit healthcare system.