• New state law is unique, broader and stricter than similar data breach laws

    First there was HIPAA. Now there’s an added layer with FIPA, the Florida Information Protection Act of 2014 that Gov. Rick Scott signed into law June 20. Unanimously passed by Florida lawmakers on April 30, the new legislation took effect July 1.

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  • A Look at payment innovation

    While physicians and facilities have long had to keep up with different negotiated contract rates among payers, the reimbursement landscape has become much more varied over the last few years as a push toward payment innovation has ushered in a host of reimbursement options ranging from shared savings programs to bundled payments to carrot-and-stick compensation as applied to quality and efficiency metrics.

  • The changing role of SNFs

    Just as the notion of what’s considered ‘old’ has changed in today’s society … think ‘70 is the new 50’ … so too has the role and function of skilled nursing facilities.

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  • Technology streamlines prescribing of specialty therapies

    AssistRx plans to roll out a new version of its iAssist software next year that will sit inside of physicians’ electronic medical records.

  • Healthcare banker Jeff Holt discusses ways to reduce risk, collections and expenses, while also improving the patient-practice experience

    Focusing on improvements to a practice’s revenue cycle management (RCM) is the most effective way to mine operational inefficiencies and perk up the organization’s financial health.

  • Community hospital partnerships facilitate geographic expansion in 13 counties; subspecialty practices grow

    Spurred by the success of the Nemours’ lean journey that began in 2008, the opening two years ago this month of Nemours Children’s Hospital (NCH) in Lake Nona Medical City, and the resulting organizational synergy, Nemours is expanding geographically and boosting pediatric specialty services.

  • A Look at payment innovation

    While physicians and facilities have long had to keep up with different negotiated contract rates among payers, the reimbursement landscape has become much more varied over the last few years as a push toward payment innovation has ushered in a host of reimbursement options ranging from shared savings programs to bundled payments to carrot-and-stick compensation as applied to quality and efficiency metrics.

  • The changing role of SNFs

    Just as the notion of what’s considered ‘old’ has changed in today’s society … think ‘70 is the new 50’ … so too has the role and function of skilled nursing facilities.

  • Americans are generous people. We will give over $375 billion to charitable organizations in 2013, according to a January 2013 forecast by Atlas of Giving.

  • It’s 5:56pm. You just finished notes on your last patient of the day and you have about 90 seconds before you’re ready to head out and do rounds.

  • Advances in cardiovascular care have led to improvements in longevity. Public health experts have predicted that in the next several years cancer will likely supplant cardiovascular disease as the primary killer in our country.

  • Nursing home patients, young moms, soldiers returning home from Afghanistan, middle-aged guys who have trouble peeing and prostate cancer survivors?

  • Turnover, not to be described and associated as a lightly toasted, flakey filled pastry with a decadent warm inside, is rather in the medical industry a frightening statistic.

  • For many of us, the time of year when we travel to Europe is as important as where we go. Visiting Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is especially gratifying during the month of December particularly for tourists seeking notable cultural travel experiences.

  • Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.

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