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Expanded Role of Healthcare Technology
Mon, 23 May 2016 22:59:40 Z
This section has been very interesting. I am accustomed to the role of technology in the healthcare field particularly in the diagnostic area and the ever expanding role of the EMR. What I did not have a full appreciation for was the level of regulatory impact that Information technology is under the purview of the CIO infrastructure.  

Finance - Managed Care
Mon, 23 May 2016 20:50:10 Z
Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act no other area of health care finance has changed as much as how we, providers, are paid and who is paying us. The Marketplace, bundles, Medicaid expansion, etc. has not only changed how we are being paid but additionally changed how providers interact with each other. Although the topic is widely covered very few of us understand how it truly wor...

Walking the Walk
Mon, 23 May 2016 20:45:40 Z
When it comes to ethics, professionalism and the healthcare executive, "walking the walk" is ever so critical in setting the tone and building the foundation of any organization.  The ACHE Code of Ethics and many other sources help to provide guidance in making this happen.  It is important to recognize however, that so many other factors come into play - rules, regulations, la...

VA and Credentialling
Mon, 23 May 2016 17:44:11 Z
Despite the headlines, the VA does provide the best quality of care for its Veterans. One issue that hurts the VA is that physicians that have been asked to resign from private hospitals do not have a record of being incompetent. Privacy laws prevent specific question to be asked to a former employer by a future employer. Hence, there are a few physicians that pass the vetting process that shoul...

Not all metrics are created equal
Mon, 23 May 2016 14:29:09 Z
Too often, organizations select far too many metrics, and far too many that are not relevant to measuring success. Correct selection of indicators to measure is important to allow the organization to quickly and easily gain an idea of results, and to be better prepared to actively change clinical practice real time. the best indicators will be well-researched, allow clinicians to make real ti...

Multidisciplinary Steering Committees Reach Beyond IT
Mon, 23 May 2016 14:25:12 Z
In the readings for this sections, one of the discussions included forming a multidisciplinary steering committee to oversee IT decisions and strategy. This concept is an important one, and one that is not used often enough across a healthcare organization. Including services and departments that impact, or are impacted by a service in decisions and strategy setting is important to gain buy in,...