Monthly Archives: September 2015

Healthcare Innovation Comes From Within

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Too much print about #Healthcare innovation needing to come from within. That’s old news. The hospitals advertising on our eRecruiting websites are seeking #Registered Nurses and masters level healthcare executives with experience at the bedside level (Care and Risk management, Utilization Review) and facility wide (Quality Assurance, Performance Improvement and Safety).

RNs are the backbone and, obviously, their insights are invaluable as the #ACA clamps down on readmissions as well as future quality measures. Directors and Managers with years of experience balancing competing priorities, including the financial realities, bring an equally qualified contribution. The hospitals that successfully combine their expertise can look at both sides of the coin and derive innovative solutions faster, as well as demonstrating the consensus needed for deployment.

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Government Shut-Down Will Not Stop ICD-10

ICD-10 is here! For better or for worse; for richer or for poorer.







CMS says a government shutdown will have no affected on the roll-out; it will continue to operate its ICD-10 Coordination Center and claims processing systems.

CMS Blog outlines its support to the medical community.

CMS pdf details four claims submission alternatives if needed due to problems with your billing software, vendor(s), or clearinghouse(s).

  • Free billing software
  • Provider internet portals
  • Direct Data Entry (DDE)
  • Paper claims


Background: October 1, 2015 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implements the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10). Goal is to help health care providers better:

  • Define patients’ clinical status and treat their complex medical conditions
  • Coordinate care among providers
  • Support new payment methods that drive quality of care


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Future of Unions in Healthcare

Strike1Unions are already entrenched in #Healthcare. Does anyone seriously doubt their inevitable expansion and improved leverage as a result of healthcare’s increased need (aging population), decreased supply (retiring healthcare providers), and legal burdens (#Affordable Care Act requirements). Ouch. That’s a trifecta of trouble.

The cost of a strike on a large hospital group is already terrible. Remember the Bay area strike? How can you move your people to other hospitals’ beds if you’re the biggest provider in the area? And we all know the logistics and costs aren’t even the real problem. Who will be responsible when an accident results in a fatality?Strike2

Trying to get my head around this. The only out I can see is controlling healthcare unions like we do first responders and air traffic controllers. Do you have better idea? This boomer is concerned.

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