Posts Tagged ‘health reform’

Infographic: Comparing the Affordable Care Act and the House Republican Bill

March 8th, 2017 by Melanie Matthews

Comparing the Affordable Care Act and the House Republican BillRepublicans in the U.S. House of Representatives released on Monday legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

A new infographic by the New York Times compares the key features of ACA with what has been proposed by the House Republicans.

Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2017: Performance Expectations for the Healthcare Industry Not in recent history has the outcome of a U.S. presidential election portended so much for the healthcare industry. Will the Trump administration repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? What will be the fate of MACRA? Will Medicare and Medicaid survive?

These and other uncertainties compound an already daunting landscape that is steering healthcare organizations toward value-based care and alternative payment models and challenging them to up their quality game.

Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2017: Performance Expectations for the Healthcare Industry, HIN’s 13th annual business forecast, is designed to support healthcare C-suite planning during this historic transition as leaders prepare for both a new year and new presidential leadership.

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2 Performance Improvement Tools Help Physicians Work Smarter, Not Harder

February 13th, 2014 by Cheryl Miller

In light of health reform, physicians need tools to help them work smarter, not harder, says Mark Shields, MD, MBA, senior medical director for Advocate Physician Partners (APP) and vice president of medical management for Advocate Health Care. Among the tools the organization has introduced since 2004 is the eICU®, which enables physicians to monitor ICU patients 24/7. If physicians engage in this sophisticated tool at the highest level, they can change course or therapy if clinically appropriate.

You have to give physicians tools to re-engineer their practice and improve performance. We are not talking about working harder; these are clinicians who are already working very hard. Instead we are talking about working smarter. Many of those tools are technology tools.

Between 2004 and 2010 we added more technology tools to assist our physicians. We used disease registries — online tools to track patients with a given condition to drive outcomes. They were a key tool for us long before we had electronic health records (EHRs). We do not have EHRs fully deployed across our independent physicians. Therefore, an enormous amount of change can occur with other tools without the full EHR. Sometimes physician groups feel that they must have such a record fully deployed before they can change clinical performance, and that is not true.

We also introduced the electronic intensive care unit (eICU) — a sophisticated tool that supplements bedside staffing in ICUs. Every adult ICU bed is connected to the eICU command post, where intensive physicians and intensive care nurses work 24/7 using electronic and visual monitoring of the ICU patients, with computerized prompts and reminders. It is very important that physicians engage in this at the highest level, so they agree that physicians or the intensives and the ICU can change course or therapy if clinically appropriate.

Excerpted from Guide to Physician Performance-Based Reimbursement: Payoffs from Incentives, Clinical Integration and Data Sharing.

Infographic: Healthcare Reform and Life Sciences — Threat, Opportunity or Both?

June 7th, 2013 by Melanie Matthews

Almost half of surveyed life science executives believe their organization’s have responded to healthcare reactively instead of as a broader, considered strategic change, according to a new report by Deloitte.

Deloitte’s infographic on the survey results describes the challenges of health reform and the organizational impact of health reform.

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You may also be interested in this related resource: Plunkett’s Health Care Industry Almanac 2013.