ORLANDO | Mary Mosquera | February 6, 2014 | 10:40 AM
Consumers and patients are gradually taking a greater role in their health but still are the most under-utilized resource in healthcare. Mobile health devices, sensors and information technology are helping them participate more fully. More
Mary Mosquera | December 19, 2013 | 11:11 AM | Quality and Safety, Workforce, Financial/Revenue Cycle Management
The Department of Health and Human Services has a few glaring management and performance issues it needs to work out in the coming year -- at least according to a new report put out by the Office of Inspector General. More
WASHINGTON | Mary Mosquera | November 6, 2013 | 10:51 AM | Workforce
The federal agency that projects the nation's healthcare workforce needs has lagged in publishing updated estimates, leaving the government and industry to base their policies and investments on old data, according to a federal auditor's report. More
Mary Mosquera | September 6, 2013 | 07:44 AM | Electronic Health Records, Health Information Exchange (HIE)
Two sets of new provider alliances demonstrate how Central Florida health systems are reducing costs and deepening care coordination by extending their capabilities. More
Mary Mosquera | July 30, 2013 | 08:50 AM | ICD-10 & Coding, Policy and Legislation
Healthcare providers may face disruptions in their payments even if they are on target to operate using ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1, 2014. Experts advise having up to several months' cash reserves or access to cash through a loan or line of credit to avoid... More
WASHINGTON | Mary Mosquera | July 12, 2013 | 09:49 AM | Privacy & Security, Policy and Legislation
In what HHS says should be a warning for HIPAA-covered entities to take caution when implementing changes to their IT systems -- especially when they involve updates to Web-based patient portals -- WellPoint will pay a hefty fine after personal health... More
WASHINGTON | Mary Mosquera | July 3, 2013 | 09:07 AM | Policy and Legislation
Bending to criticism that requirements were burdensome and complex, the Obama Administration announced late Tuesday it would delay until 2015 a key provision in the healthcare reform law -- the requirement that businesses with more than 50 employees must... More
Mary Mosquera | May 16, 2013 | 07:43 AM | Network Infrastructure, Quality and Safety
Growth opportunities are emerging in new more efficient and innovative business models as the Affordable Care Act produces a dramatic shift in healthcare delivery and payment, according to financial executives participating in a recent panel. The investment... More
Mary Mosquera | April 19, 2013 | 06:17 AM | Mobile, Quality and Safety, Financial/Revenue Cycle Management
The healthcare industry has been notoriously slow at identifying methods and tools it needs to reduce costs and improve quality noted a report by healthcare investment firm the Psilos Group, but health reform is producing promising opportunities for investors... More
WASHINGTON | Mary Mosquera | March 15, 2013 | 08:55 AM | Electronic Health Records, Financial/Revenue Cycle Management
With some healthcare providers now into their second year of meaningful use reporting, Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record payments were estimated at $12.3 billion paid to a total of 219,000 physicians and hospitals through February since the... More
NEW ORLEANS | Mary Mosquera | March 5, 2013 | 17:29 PM | Health Information Exchange (HIE)
The Florida Health Information Exchange has put in place a plan for how it will pay for its operations once federal grants to fund state HIEs expire in September. Its strategies include cost management, technology, governance and ongoing stakeholder... More
NEW ORLEANS | Mary Mosquera | March 5, 2013 | 13:58 PM | Policy and Legislation
By 2014, the core operating rules will likely have a major effect on reimbursement and revenue cycle processes and, as a result, payments, according to speakers who represented the payer, provider and banking perspectives at a Tuesday session on the... More