John Andrews

John Andrews is an independent freelance writer from Des Plaines, Ill. A professional journalist for more than 30 years, he has written exclusively for the healthcare industry since 1990 and has appeared in dozens of trade publications during his career.

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By John Andrews 07:05 am August 15, 2016
The promise of genomics and personalized care are closer than many realize. But clinical systems and EHRs are not ready yet. While policymakers and innovators play catch-up, here’s a look at what to know now. 

With more than 61,000 employees, Northwell Health is New York's largest private employer. Health system leaders realized that its highly mobile workforce needed instant access to workplace tools, content and information.

By John Andrews 02:04 pm June 23, 2016
New York's largest private employer embraces a 'mobile intranet' to keep thousands of far-flung, previously 'digitally disconnected' staffers in the loop.

Policy support for telehealth is on the uptick, with 48 states now allowing full parity for reimbursement, says Mark Noble of Vidyo. But the big barriers to scaling up have often been related to technology and workflow at the hospital-to-clinic level.

By John Andrews 10:15 am May 18, 2016
Proponents of virtual care say it is the wave of the future. But while the healthcare industry might not find much disagreement with the practice in theory, it is in the potential limitations that skeptics might find flaws.

As the ACO movement gains momentum, providers in both acute and post-acute sectors are looking for enhanced dialogue, because "they realize they aren't separate pieces of care anymore," says LaDonna Sweeten, managing director with Chicago-based Huron Healthcare's technology consulting practice.

By John Andrews 10:07 am May 12, 2016
After years of dwelling in the shadows of healthcare, the long-term and post-acute care industry may finally be ready to join its hospital colleagues in the IT spotlight.  

With the fee-for-service business model changing to prospective payment and value-based care, healthcare organizations are undergoing a cultural shift that dramatically alters their approaches to patient intake, eligibility verification and claims processing.

By John Andrews 09:30 am April 20, 2016
Revenue cycle management has gone from being a "back office" function to an "end-to-end" system that begins at patient intake or even before, claims specialists say. Advanced technologies, in tandem with improved workflows and better data have resulted in RCM systems that encompass the entire healthcare enterprise.
By John Andrews 07:46 am April 12, 2016
Some experts are predicting a spike in denials beginning on Oct. 1, 2016 when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will require claims to be more specific. Forward-looking providers are assembling teams to prepare now. 

Allyson Gilmore, principal data scientist at Ayasdi, said that understanding trends can help providers avoid losing money, but the data is complex. 

By John Andrews 10:12 am April 11, 2016
Advanced analytics and machine learning technologies are critical to pinpointing problems in large datasets that could be losing providers money. That’s why some organizations are investigating every single denied claim to better understand trends. 
By John Andrews 09:41 am April 11, 2016
Hospitals are starting to hire younger, more diverse people to handle the new coding. The shift will likely benefit healthcare organizations in time, but it won’t happen overnight.  
By John Andrews 08:18 am April 11, 2016
The healthcare industry appears to have successfully withstood the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10. But are the sighs of relief premature? Is another shoe waiting to drop?
Foad Dabiri, chief technology officer at San Francisco-based WANDA
By John Andrews 10:27 am March 30, 2016
Across the healthcare industry, "the state of decision-making is really bad." Following the so-called Three Ps could point a way forward.

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