Healthcare Needs Less Innovation and More Imitation

Less Innovation, More Imitation

Healthcare is infatuated and overemphasizes innovation.

Innovation can is often a focal point in healthcare.

We’re awash in conferences, organizations proclaiming innovation as a core value, newly minted chief innovation officers, prizes for new, original ideas. But when organizations overemphasize creation of new ideas they can miss out on the power of imitation — copying existing approaches that actually work. Providers need to actively seek out good ideas that have been tried and refined, bring those ideas home, and adapt them for local use.

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The OIG 2015 Workplan: 2 Targets are Anesthesiology and Pain Management

udits from anesthesia providers will continue to be reviewed by investigators from the OIG.

Anesthesiology is on the CMS Office of Inspector General for the second year in a row. Following 2014, the 2015 Work Plan released in late October, 2014, notes that audits and data from anesthesia providers will continue review by investigators from the OIG. Additionally, pain management physicians have new codes that the OIG will start reviewing to insure compliance.

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Anesthesia Providers Getting Bigger Roles

Preparing the operating room

Anesthesia providers are forced to expand their role as their is an industry push to provide higher quality care at lower costs.

Anesthesiology was long thought of as a specialty limited to the operating room. But a revolution is underway as the industrywide push to provide higher quality care at lower costs forces anesthesia providers to expand their role. As a result of this shift, anesthesia providers are becoming more involved in what happens outside of the operating room. Advanced anesthesiologists and CRNAs are improving care quality throughout the span of care for a patient.

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HHS Updates Technology Priorities in Draft Strategic Plan

Department of Health & Human Services

A recent HHS draft update is encouraging providers to adopt new technology.

The Department of Health and Human Services released a draft five-year plan for encouraging healthcare providers to adopt new technology. Strategies outlined in the draft include reforming payment systems to accommodate virtual care, or telemedicine; expanding federal health information-technology certification programs to inspect and certify more products; devising standards that would allow disparate software systems to exchange information about the same patient; and protecting patient data. [Read more…]

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Meaningful Use or Meaningful Useless?

Meaningful Use

To measure the effectiveness of the new CMS program, new guidelines have been created called “Meaningful Use.”

Most people outside of the healthcare industry are unaware that the Affordable Care Act has nothing to do with the move on the part of the United States government to bring medical or health records into the world of advanced technology. [Read more…]

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Avoiding Joint Ownership & It’s Disinheritance Risk

Using joint ownership as an ownership form can be a big mistake.

Using joint ownership as an ownership form can be a big mistake.

Nearly every anesthesia provider uses joint ownership to hold title to some of their assets – whether it is their home, bank accounts, investment accounts or even business interests.  Nonetheless, joint ownership can cause serious problems in an estate plan and often should be avoided.  In this article, we will lay out the risks of joint ownership and how best to avoid them. [Read more…]

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5 Issues Facing Ambulatory Surgery Centers in 2015

Some issues make the 2015 List of Predictions for Ambulatory Surgery Centers based on the study of trends and historical statistics and others are anecdotes and rumors.

Some issues make the 2015 List of Predictions for Ambulatory Surgery Centers based on the study of trends and historical statistics and others are anecdotes and rumors.

Lists of things to watch for in the ambulatory surgery center industry are ubiquitous. Over the last two decades the kinds of surgeries and the number of them done in the ambulatory surgery sector grow. But, some issues seem to last forever and others become the issue de jour and have a life of just months.

Some issues make the 2015 List of Predictions for Ambulatory Surgery Centers based on the study of trends and historical statistics and others are anecdotes and rumors. [Read more…]

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‘Mega Boards’ Could Be Rural Healthcare Disruptor

5 Issues for 2015

Rural healthcare is in desperate need of severe changes. Despite studies and calls for reform, Healthcare in rural areas relies on small hospitals with minimal resources that provide fee-for-service inpatient sick care.

Made up of various stakeholders, “mega boards” are made up of members who are trained to look at the communities health rather than the financial performance of a hospital. This change could change rural healthcare delivery.

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Patients Prefer Regional Over General Anesthesia in Study of Post-Op M&M

According a recent study, regional anesthesia outperforms general anesthesia.

According a recent study, adult patients are choosing regional over general anesthesia due to a variance in mortality rates.

It has been found that patients have a preference of regional over general anesthesia according to a study from Vanderbilt University Medical Center. This preference among patients receiving elective surgery was directly linked with the statistics associated with lower odds for 30-day mortality and complications.

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2015 Health Insurance Rates Look Encouraging

A first look at health insurance rates for next year is encouraging.

A first look at health insurance rates for next year is encouraging.

Early evidence is suggesting that 2015 health insurance rates look encouraging. Health insurance premiums in major cities around the country are barely rising.

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