Rural health white paper released by UnitedHealth Group think tank

The UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform and Modernization released a white paper today on Modernizing Rural Health Care.  To quote from the UHG presser, [The paper] projects an increase of around 5 million newly insured rural residents by 2019 – even as the number of physicians in rural America lags Quality of care is rated […]

Health Information Technology Tweeps to Watch: The #HIT100 List

Michael Planchart, aka @theEHRguy, put out the call last month for nominations to the #HIT100, intended to be a list of key health IT folk engaged in social media.  The crowdsourced #HIT100 list — Michael tabulated the nominations — is posted on several blogs, including @nateosit's (linked to above).  Keith Boone (aka @motorcycle_guy put together […]

Health Care Social Media: Getting Health Care Providers off the Dime

I had the opportunity to share some thoughts recently aimed at getting health care providers off the social media bench and into the game in a new online community / group blog, HealthWorks Collective.  I invite you to check out the community at large, hosted at Social Media Today, and to check out my post […]

Health Insurance Exchange regulations are out, and they make me feel like a visitor from the future

Health Insurance Exchange regulations were released by HHS yesterday — in a DC hardware store, for local color and homespun truths — with a go-live date of January 1, 2014, per the Affordable Care Act, and a key interim approval deadline of January 1, 2013, by which date each state needs to demonstrate that it […]

Healthcare Associated Infections: What is the Message, and What Can We Do About Them?

  The good people at GE and JESS3 have come up with an HAI infographic.  It's pretty, and it conveys the horrible information that many of us already know — healthcare associated infections kill about 100,000 people a year, and add $35 billion a year to our collective health care bill (here in the US […]

SGR in the MPFS … again: Duck Season! Wabbit Season! Doc Season!

It's doc season again, that time of year when the sustainable growth rate rules are trotted out, and physicians are informed that they will face catastrophic rate reductions courtesy of Medicare (29.5%, effective January 1, 2012, per the July 1 announcement).  There will be much breast beating about how we've gotten into this fine mess, […]