Monthly Archives: June 2011

Red Hot Accountable Care! What Will This Mean for Healthcare?

By Kate Goonan, MD   Advance Laboratory Eye on Quality Accountable care organization (ACO) is the latest buzz phrase to hit the healthcare executive lexicon. The concept is so hot yet so poorly understood that a cartoon mocking our ignorance … Continue reading

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Accountable Care (ACO) Will Expand the Need for Case Managers

Nurse Together.com Traditionally, case management has been a tool reserved for complex cases, usually hospitalized patients needing multi-disciplinary interventions. However, that scenario may change as accountable care organizations take center stage next year. With their mandated goals of cost containment … Continue reading

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Why Nurses are Essential to ACO Implementation

By Karen M. Cheung, Fierce Healthcare Daily News   The key to implementing accountable care organizations (ACOs) could already live in your institution–the registered nurse, according to an America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) article. With today’s expanded role of the nurse going … Continue reading

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HHS Urges Medicare Patients to Make Use of Free ‘Health Care Reform’ Benefits

By Daniel J. DeNoon, WebMD Health News June 20, 2011 — Only one in six Medicare beneficiaries have so far received any of the preventive care services now free to them due to health care reform. To save lives — and money … Continue reading

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Rural Hospitals Struggle to Meet Electronic Record Standards

By Jennifer Vogel, Minnesota Public Radio   6/20/2011 Carol Weiler, who lives in Sartell and suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, can schedule appointments at her HealthPartners clinic online. She can refill prescriptions and view parts of her medical record via the … Continue reading

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10 Benefits of an EMR System Listed by Medi-Smart

Medi-Smart Nursing Articles Electronic Medical Record An Electronic Medical Record is a secured electronic file of patient history, medical transcription notes, billing information, and all other information necessary to have a complete patient profile. It is true that the electronic … Continue reading

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ANA Launches Website to Help Preserve Medicaid

medicalnewstoday.com   6/10/2011 The American Nurses Association (ANA) is working on several fronts to counter attack on Medicaid funding and keep nurses informed about the efforts on Capitol Hill that impact this program which provides essential health care coverage for an estimated … Continue reading

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