A very slick tool... I've become a JMP enthusiast.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Solutions create tomorrow's problems....
Shaun Alfreds, Chief Operating Officer of HealthInfo Net - a Maine company that manages a centralized health records database for the state - says part of the problem may be the rush to implement EMRs over the past few years.
"And in this particular case, the focus was getting the systems to be electronic, not necessarily about changing the workflow of how health care is delivered." Because ultimately, Alfreds says, that's what EMRs are about: workflow.
Another problem that RAND identified is the inability of EMR systems to communicate with each other. "It's the bigggest challenge I've had in my career," says Ralph Johnson, chief information officer at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, which has been named among the nation's most wired hospitals.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
I'm always unsettled when experts use We as Dr Jha does below, when he's quoted saying the Government's not going quite far enough with its new value-based purchasing program.
The CMS on Thursday released a list of hospitals' bonuses and penalties under the value-based purchasing program. Health policy experts have applauded such incentives, but some have questioned whether the money at stake will be enough to motivate hospital officials and doctors to adopt changes that will reduce waste and improve quality. "The purpose here is really straightforward and very reasonable," said Dr. Ashish Jha, an associate professor of Health Policy and Management at Harvard University. "Forever we have paid for a quantity of healthcare. We have not really paid for quality, and CMS has decided they want to change that."Explaining just who We are no easy task I suspect. Whether the CMS that's decided they want to change that the We cited just before, a nice start Dr. Jha. Who's the We you're talking about Doc and how do you read its mind? Does We know CMS working its will on We's behalf?
The price is too high for Loyola University Health System, says Arthur Krumrey, chief information officer at the Maywood-based hospital network.
Loyola, Evanston-based North-Shore University HealthSystem and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, which already use the same software system for their internal medical records, are discussing setting up their own exchange.
Advocate has not joined, but executives are “working on it,” says John Norenberg, a vice president at the Oak Brook-based system, with 11 hospitals statewide.
Mr. Norenberg, who is also chairman of MCHC's exchange advisory board, adds: “It's turned out to be a bit more difficult to get the players moving on this than I think anybody expected.”
Read more: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20121222/ISSUE01/312229988/chicago-medical-records-exchange-falters#ixzz2GHEcBxUS
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The Obama administration Friday urged cooperation between software companies and caregivers to prevent patient harm caused by faulty electronic records. But it stopped short of calling for regulation or a federal requirement to report computer mistakes that pose a risk to patients.Sounds a bit collusional to me, but I'm not a legal sort.
“We are saying to the vendors: Step up and prove your ability to create a code of conduct that would be enforceable, that would bind you voluntarily to reporting safety events,” Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the administration’s coordinator for health information technology, said about the report. “And what we’re saying is: If you don’t step up, we can always look at more classic regulatory approaches.”
HL7 or CEN/ISO 13606 - can anyone explain it? What should be preferred in standardization of EHR ?The answer found here with a nice schematic.
HL7v2.x messaging is an appropriate standard, at least for the short to medium term, for transmission of information from source clinical information systems to a Shared-EHR system. HL7 CDA may also be suitable for this purpose at some later stage. CEN EN13606 is an appropriate standard for the exchange of Shared EHR Extracts between different nodes of a multinode Shared-EHR system (e.g. the original national HealthConnect concept) or between different Shared-EHR systems.
'Nuff said. Check the link for the diagram and full read of the standards.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
They've got a nice link to a spreadsheet of winners and losers by state and referral region. Note plenty of zeros in the readmission rates but the VBP rates fall into a nice normal curve.
Not sure what's going on there.... insights?
Friday, December 14, 2012
Somehow, I don’t find this reassuring,
What other things are you hearing inside the Capitol?
You know, you go and talk to the members of Congress—and I’ve been talking to them in the past few days—and none of them know what’s going on. And these are fairly high-up people. And it’s because this really is a Boehner-Obama conversation [between President Barack Obama and John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives]. And of course, Bohener is talking to McConnell [Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader], and the President is talking to Reed [Harry Reed, Senate Majority Leader], and to a lesser extent, Pelosi [Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader]. Last week, I met with someone very senior in the Republican leadership in the House, and he really didn’t know what was going on.
Would you say this is unprecedented?
I would have said in 2011, when they did the sequestration solution during the debt ceiling standoff, that that was equally unprecedented. And they put together a deal for that, and there was a fallback; and they could even potentially do the same kind of thing here. And if they pitch it to the committees, which I think is very possible, meaning the Congress has to work it out, then we’ll be back in the conflict between the House and Senate.
Read the whole interview here: What’s Happening With the “Fiscal Cliff”? Premier’s Blair Childs Explains
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Last week, I reported on my informal survey of health insurance companies and their estimate for how much rates will rise on account of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”).
Today, there are press reports quoting the CEO of Aetna with their estimate. The Aetna estimate is worse than mine.The rest of it here: More Signs of Rate Shock and Awe | The Health Care Blog
I think individual insurance just disappears alltogether, and soon. It’s not worth selling and Insurers who saw big profits coming from these sales will be disappointed, the young folks are headed for Medicaid (a program ill equipped operationally or financially to accept them). Lazsewski writes further on,
I can also tell you that, so far, I have detected no serious effort on the part of Democrats to delay anything. Frankly, I think hard core supporters of the new health law and the administration are in denial about what is coming.
I expect more health insurers to be echoing the Aetna’s comments in coming weeks. There is a real concern in the industry they need to get out ahead of this telling people why rates are shooting up to counter the “shoot the messenger” attacks that will be sure to come.You bet the shoot the messenger attacks are about to come! The Democrats who wrote this evolving law aren’t about to take ownership of the bad outcome. They’re bailing already. Soon they’ll be looking for scapegoats. The Blues, and Aetna are the targets.
Update: The reason why for sceptics.
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
State-by-state comparison of scores between Urban and Rural providers. Warmer and fuzzier in the country.
A state-by-state analysis of projected total performance scores (TPSs) for U.S. urban hospitals compared with those of U.S. rural hospitals under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program discloses some remarkable disparities between these hospital settings across the nation.
Overall, the TPSs are quite similar for urban and rural facilities. However, there is a clear trend for rural facilities to score higher than their urban counterparts with regard to patient-experience-of-care measures (PEOC). Meanwhile, to a lesser degree, there is also a trend for urban hospitals to have higher clinical-process-of-care (CPOC) scores.