Public Health Should Be Taking Center Stage Through ACA

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I continually hear about budget cuts and loss of funding associated with public health departments.  Many of these organizations are facing tough decisions regarding care in their communities. Organizations will be forced to reduce the types of services they offer while others in their communities fill in the gaps. Instead of reducing these services, does Accountable Care Act (ACA) offer public health an opportunity to change course?

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Projects – The Enemies Within

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Despite all of his attributes and accomplishments, Abraham Lincoln acknowledged he wasn’t a good project manager. “I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me,” he said. Now, admittedly, Lincoln was conducting a project much larger and much more complex than we encounter, but the principles remain the same. How do you take control of all of the variables that constitute a project and find predictability in the outcomes?

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Technology Breaks Down Barriers For Behavioral Health & Addiction Treatment

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The changes we’re facing in behavioral health and substance abuse treatment are breaking long-standing barriers within and between organizations. Because of technical advancements, we’ve joined other industries in exchanging client data…allowing us to treat the whole person. This is the most profound change within care delivery processes…at least in my lifetime. Continue reading Technology Breaks Down Barriers For Behavioral Health & Addiction Treatment

Ready or Not: Meaningful Use Stage 2 is Here! This Change has Been Coming at You for a Long, Long Time. How Did that Happen?

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The Goals of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 emphasizes the need for the U.S. to move toward the use of electronic health records.  To encourage a widespread adoption of interoperable health information technology, the legislation called for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT working through NIST, to create a program for voluntary certification of health information technology that is in compliance with the applicable certification criteria to meet defined meaningful use requirements. Meaningful Use stage 1 started the U.S. down this path by pushing healthcare organizations to select an electronic health record and to start their path of digitization. Continue reading Ready or Not: Meaningful Use Stage 2 is Here! This Change has Been Coming at You for a Long, Long Time. How Did that Happen?

HIMSS Not Completely Addressing The Full Spectrum Of Healthcare

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In his keynote address Monday, Feb. 24, at HIMSS 2014, Aetna CEO Mark T. Bertolini declared “It’s the perfect time to change.”  He makes the case for three key priorities for the country’s ailing healthcare system.

  1. Invest in helping individuals take steps towards improved wellness via healthy choices and lifestyle
  2. Improve the care of the chronically ill
  3. Align financial incentives

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Meaningful Use: How Do You Get It Right On The First Try?

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As we welcomed in 2014, we also said ‘Hello’ to the start of Meaningful Use Stage 2. The HITECH Act is now five years old. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be doing a deeper dive into some of the changes the 2014 criteria mandate. Note: All stage 1 certified solutions (also known as 2011 stage 1), expired  12/31/2013. This expiration requires your organization to upgrade to a 2014 Edition Certified EHR Technology (CEHERT). Continue reading Meaningful Use: How Do You Get It Right On The First Try?

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