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Texoma HealthCare System Reaps Dividends from Building an EHR

November 20, 2006
Profile Positive change is sweeping across the plains of north Texas and southern Oklahoma. Texoma HealthCare System located in Denison, Texas, leads the change by building an integrated electronic health record (EHR) for the patients it serves in five counties across two states.

Hospitalists In Community Hospitals

November 20, 2006
Hospitalists, as more than one CEO has noted, are the future in acute-care hospitals. As health care has evolved - with family practice physicians mostly engaged in office-based practices, internal medicine specialists largely removed from caring for inpatients, and critical care andemergency medicine physicians taking specialized roles - hospitalists increasingly began to fill an important niche: the general care of hospitalized patients.

Hospital CEO Best Practices

November 20, 2006
As a national hospital consulting and management services firm, QHR conducted a survey of more than 180 CEO clients to learn about how they are most successfully responding to their challenges, and what they consider their most pressing issues will be, going forward.

Illinois Valley Community Hospital Funds Facility Renovation,Clinical IT Through Renewed Focus On Revenue Recovery

November 20, 2006
Illinois Valley Community Hospital is a 100-bed not-for-profit, general acute-care facility with a 20-bed inpatient psychiatric unit. The hospital serves the residents of the Peru-LaSalle-Oglesby-Spring Valley areas in north central Illinois. In fiscal year 2004 the hospital admitted 4,566 patients and managed 100,072 outpatient and 16,924 emergency room patient visits.

REDUCE PHYSICIAN TURNOVER AND IMPROVE YOUR BOTTOM LINE: PHYSICIANS SPEAK UP ABOUT RETENTION ISSUES

November 1, 2006
As the shortage of healthcare professionals worsens across this country, residents and physicians are changing jobs more often in search of better opportunities. With a physician shortage and considerable physician frustration as a backdrop, U.S. healthcare organizations are looking for more physicians than they were a year ago. As demand for physicians increases and competition to recruit them heats up, it becomes even more critical that healthcare organizations sharpen their focus on retaining the physicians already working at their facilities.

A HIDDEN PROFIT CENTER AWAITS YOUR DISCOVERY

October 1, 2006
Searching for ways to save money? Maybe it's time to re-examine some of the ideas your organization implemented years ago. Take a fresh look at direct deposit of payroll checks, for example. Chances are you'll discover that the program's actual benefits have lagged behind estimated benefits-mainly because many employees aren't participating.Even "unbanked" employees, such as recent graduates, can participate in a direct deposit program. This article explains how to save about $2.50 per pay period for each employee.

AMERICAN CONSUMERS HOLD THE KEY TO EASING THE NATION'S HEALTH CARE CRISIS

September 1, 2006
In America, consumerism is making an impact in nearly every corner of the economy but the doctor's office. Change is needed, and more is required than a Band-Aid fix. The answer is to unleash the time-tested and unmatched power of the knowledgeable and motivated consumer. In a just-published Position Paper, Destiny Health outlines a series of reforms it believes are required if true consumerism is to make its cost-reducing and quality-enhancing impact felt in the health care arena.BY:Destiny Health, Chicago, IL www.destinyhealth.com.

IT For The Little Guy

August 15, 2006
Community hospitals face funding challenges as they try to compete with larger systems in the IT world.

SMART SOLUTIONS: WHITE PAPER SMART SOLUTIONS FOR RURAL AND COMMUNITY HOSPITAL INFORMATION SYSTEM NEEDS

August 1, 2006
Making smart choices that result in smart solutions are what hospital executives and management teams strive to achieve. This process can be difficult when evaluating specific hospital needs and determining what elements can best meet these needs. This paper provides client-specific cases in which Healthcare Management Systems, Inc.® (HMS) was able to meet the information system needs of two rural community hospitals and a rural hospital management company.BY:Healthcare Management Systems, Inc.®, Nashville, TN www.hmstn.com.

INTEROPERABLE HEALTHCARE COMMUNITIES—NOW

July 1, 2006
From the physician's office to the hospital to the patient's home, Misys Optimum(tm) is a family of clinical solutions and Web-based technologies designed from the ground up share patient data across all venues of care. The result? Better outcomes, improved hospital-physician relations, reduced medical errors and time saved for patients and busy clinicians alike. All of this from Misys Healthcare Systems, the leading provider of easy-to-use, reliable, high-quality systems and services to hospitals, physicians' offices and homecare agencies for over 25 years. BY: Misys, Raleigh, NCwww.misyshealthcare.com.

ACPE RESEARCH FOCUSES ON TOUGH MANAGEMENT ISSUES

July 1, 2006
Surveys, interviews and research conducted over the last two years by the American College of Physician Executives are helping to identify and troubleshoot some of medical management's most pressing problems in health care today. Among the issues that ACPE took on recently are: disruptive behavior by physicians, ethical breaches in health care, paying for emergency room call and problems with pay-for-performance plans.BY:The American College of Physician Executives, Tampa, FL www.ACPE.org.

CREATING SAFER PERINATAL DEPARTMENTS IN HOSPITALS

June 1, 2006
Electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) is the focal point in almost half of all obstetric malpractice cases. However, training in this proficiency (EFM) is severely lacking-at every level of professional education of clinical personnel. This report documents the magnitude of the problem and presents a compelling rationale for online EFM training as a powerful solution to help create safer perinatal departments in hospitals. BY:Mollie Elizabeth Condra, Ph.D.HealthStream, Nashville, TN www.healthstream.com.

PAY FOR PERFORMANCE IN THE PHYSICIAN PRACTICE

June 1, 2006
Financial rewards and incentives based on directly linking quality measurements to reimbursement are leading the way for a new paradigm in the health payment system. Pay for Performance (P4P) is based on the concept of measuring performance on quality standards and providing financial rewards for high achievers. Issues such as technology requirements to collect and process data, along with other obstacles are being investigated and will continue to shape the P4P model. BY:Pershing Yoakley & AssociatesAtlanta, GA, Charlotte, NC, Knoxville, TN, Tampa Bay, FL www.pyapc.com.

CHANGE IS NO LONGER AN OPTION: THE KEY TO PROSPERING IN TODAY'S ULTRA-COMPETITIVE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY

February 27, 2006
Today, there are more choices than ever for patients in need of surgery. With new ambulatory surgery centers springing up around the country, traditional hospitals are facing a new breed of competition. And as such, hospitals are more aggressively going after patient "business" with media campaigns and community outreach programs. This new business environment in the health care industry is catching many hospitals off guard, jeopardizing their profitability and long-term outlook. So, how can you more successfully compete in this highly competitive environment and increase profit margins? Through change.

BY:
Surgical Information Systems, Alpharetta, GA
www.orsoftware.com

PAYING FOR PARTICIPATION: MEASURING THE RESULTS

January 16, 2006
Pay for performance? Sure. But participation yields the payoff in population health management. Smart companies lower claims costs by offering the right incentives to increase participation. But offering incentives alone, without measuring the results of your efforts, provides little to justify the return on investment in the commercial application of health promotion and disease management. "Paying for Participation: Measuring the Results" Benefits-integrated incentives give health, lifestyle and disease management enrollment a shot in the arm . . . Visit www.gordian-health.com for more information.