Tag Archives: Hospitals

HIE’s Save Payers Big Bucks

By Ken Terry,  Fierce Health IT News A study of emergency-department visits conducted by Humana in the Milwaukee area shows that payers can save money if EDs have access to community health information exchanges (HIEs). When ED clinicians queried patients‘ … Continue reading

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HIE’s More Than Double Since Last Year

By Mary Mosquera,  for Government Health IT   The number of operational health information exchanges has more than doubled to 228 since last year, and of those, private exchanges have increased more rapidly than public organizations for sharing information, according … Continue reading

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Medicare Will Expand Coverage for Telehealth

By Ken Terry,  Information Week – Healthcare The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed changing how it defines telehealth services that may be eligible for Medicare coverage. But it’s unclear how far the agency will go in expanding such … Continue reading

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Obama Administration Offers New Ways to Improve Care, Lower Cost for Medicaid

July 8, 2011   US Department of Health & Human Services Initiatives focus on people receiving Medicare and Medicaid benefits The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced three new initiatives to help states improve the quality … Continue reading

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New Study: Medicaid Makes a “Big Difference” in Lives

By Julie Rovner,  for NPR   The study, being published as a working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research, has a distinctly bipartisan flavor. Among its authors are Katherine Baicker of Harvard, who was an economic adviser to … Continue reading

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How Hospitals Address Patient Experience via Mobile Apps

By Carrie Vaughan, Health Leaders Media The number of people using mobile technology is on the rise. In 2008, the number of smartphone subscribers was 15 million. That number almost doubled in 2009, reaching 26 million, and is expected to … Continue reading

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Proposed Bill to Set Nurse Staffing Levels

By Karen M. Cheung, Fierce Healthcare Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) last week introduced legislation that would establish a federal minimum of nurse-to-patient ratios at all hospitals, according to a press release. Aimed at decreasing mortality rates and preventing medical errors, … Continue reading

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