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Care Coordination

Community Hospitals: What It Will Take to Thrive

Community hospitals across the U.S. have been receiving a lot of press lately — and not all of it has been positive. Just this past summer there was the story from Belhaven, NC of Vidant Pungo Hospital closing its doors, leaving the community an hour or more from the nearest ER. In that case, as reported by The Advisory Board’s The Daily Briefing, Belhaven mayor Adam O’Neal blamed the forced closure for “the recent death of a 48-year-old woman suffering a heart attack who was unable to reach a hospital with emergency services in time for live-saving care.”

While that’s … Read more

Medical Billing & Payers

VIDEO: How Data-rich Medical Billing Helped Orthopedic Innovators

Michelle Mangino, Social Media ManagerAt first glance, you might think of Midlands Orthopaedics as a typical orthopedic practice.

They provide comprehensive care across three locations, delivered by 14 fellowship-trained physicians.

The practice has about 29,000 unique patient visits every year, from a diverse population in the Columbia, SC area.

Now, look closer.

Midlands has led the orthopedic industry by bringing advanced surgeries like hip resurfacing and joint replacement to an outpatient setting.

“I don’t know anywhere in the world where hip resurfacing as a subspecialty operation has been done yet as an outpatient surgery,” says Dr. Thomas Gross, Midlands’ pioneer in the hip resurfacing … Read more

Meaningful Use

Putting Six Months of Meaningful Use Stage 2 Data to Use

Libby Webb, Executive Director of Product ManagementWe’re almost three quarters of the way through the first year of Meaningful Use Stage 2 and it’s shaping up to be much more challenging than the industry anticipated. You’ve probably already seen two related bits of “negative” news: that very few providers nationwide had attested to Stage 2 so far, and that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is delaying the overall Meaningful Use program deadlines for providers who have been unable to upgrade to a 2014 “certified” EHR technology (CERT).

We seem to be the exception. Every athenahealth provider has been using our 2014 CERHT throughout … Read more

All Things EMR

Why We Chose to Pursue Joint Commission Accreditation

John Kulin, DO, FACEP“Why?” That is the question I often get when I tell colleagues about pursuing Joint Commission accreditation for our urgent care center. Many of you might remember Joint Commission from the hospital setting; hospitals were required to be Joint Commission Accredited if they wanted to be paid by Medicare. More important, Joint Commission set a standard for patient quality and safety that the hospitals had to meet.

Well, a few years ago, Joint Commission began accrediting urgent care centers under their Ambulatory Care program. As competition increases for all of us in the health care marketplace, it is important to … Read more


Time for Physicians to Get “Consciously Commercial”

God bless Dr. Sandeep Jauhar for speaking up. His essay and interview in last weekend’s The Wall Street Journal cut deep to the heart of the malaise affecting so many physicians. Dr. Jauhar, director of the Heart Failure Program at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and author of the new book “Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician” nailed it all to the mast with such beautiful and gut-wrenching honesty: the long hours with increasingly diminished return, the Greek chorus of payers and regulatory agencies invading the sacred moment of care, the all-too-common struggle to choose between hospital employment … Read more

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