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Paul Sliva | Sr. Healthcare IT Consultant

Paul Sliva | Sr. Healthcare IT Consultant
Paul provides healthcare providers with a variety of Strategic Advisory and CIO services such as software selection and implementation projects, Meaningful Use incentive reimbursement, and IT strategic planning. Paul enjoys solving healthcare business issues using practical strategies and methods, partnered with solid IT resources to get the best possible outcomes for clients.

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HIMSS17 Notes: CMS – MACRA, and Open API’s

I’ll be wrapping up our HIMSS17 knowledge sharing series with some of my notes from the largest health IT conference in the world (yep, it brought in over 40,000 people!), which was at the end of February. Our ICE team went to soak in the education on behalf of many of our small to mid-sized healthcare customers who can’t attend themselves. Please reach out if you’d like more information on anything and I’d be happy to expand further!

I felt the hot topics at HIMSS17 were Cyber Security, Machine Learning and analytics, Cloud computing, and Interoperability. Below, though, are a few of my session notes on the topics of CMS-MACRA and on Open API’s.

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Mending the Relationship Between Healthcare Providers and IT

During the last five years, a lot has happened to healthcare organizations; from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, to ICD-10 Conversion and HITECH Regulations. These regulatory requirements and demands have been causing some organizations to struggle.

Since the implementation of EHRs, physicians and clinicians are having to interact with technology far more than they had ever imagined, and often more than they’d like to. Many systems are cumbersome, unintuitive, lack easy-to-use tools and navigation, and add complexity to their processes. All of these things lead to a poor relationship between healthcare providers and IT, causing provider frustration instead of being a helpful tool in providing better patient care.

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4 Areas of Healthcare Technology Innovations That Positively Impact Patient Care

There is new healthcare technology being developed all the time that is enhancing patient care in unique new ways. These technology developments range from increasing the accuracy of patient records to improving how illnesses or ailments are treated. Technology advancements have become a cornerstone for improving healthcare.

It can be a real challenge for a hospital IT Director to keep up with the latest advancements, given the extent of his or her daily responsibilities. The demands are endless, including, hallway “I need your help” drive-by’s, routine patch management, constant upgrades, ever-present threats to security, mobile device management, phone systems integration and support, continual EHR changes and various compliance projects. This list probably only scratches the surface. So, to help out, we thought we would provide a short summary of some of the most significant innovations in healthcare IT and ways to effectively implement them in your own organization.

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Trust Your Data, Not Your Gut

With the right operational and information technology metrics in hand, your hospital’s leadership has the insight it needs to make strategic, data-driven decisions that achieve results.

You know the obvious ones, like procedures by department, ED wait time and admission count by clinic. But, if you want to precisely focus your efforts, improve efficiency and drive value, it’s time to go deeper.

To help set you on the path to success, we’ve assembled eight performance metrics your community hospital should measure using an information dashboard.

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CMS "End of Meaningful Use" Announcement

Earlier this month, acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt mentioned in his speech at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco that Meaningful Use (MU) is slated to end after 2016. This came as a bit of a surprise, albeit a good one. Slavitt has further defined what he meant by “ending Meaningful Use” in a January 19th, 2016 CMS blog post. The blog post provides some detail on the future of Meaningful Use and what is going to replace it.

In short, Meaningful Use is not really going away. It is changing from its focus on technology adoption and use to a focus on patient care outcomes. Actually ending MU would require congressional action. However, CMS does have the ability to develop and set the program requirements, metrics, and measures just as they did for the Modified stage 2 and Stage 3 rules last fall.

So where is MU going?

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7 Things To Know About The Latest Meaningful Use Updates

The Meaningful Use stage 3 and modified stage 2 rules have finally arrived. As promised, CMS made several changes to stage 2 to more closely align with Stage 3 and make an easier transition from stage 1 to stage 2. Many of the Stage 2 changes, now referred to as “Modified Stage 2,” ease some of the original stage 2 rules that were technically difficult or required patient engagement.

So what does this mean for you and your healthcare organization?

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8 Performance Metrics Your Healthcare Organization Must Start Tracking Now

To run efficiently and provide the best patient care possible, your small to mid-size healthcare organization must compile and analyze key performance metrics on a routine basis.

No exceptions.

With the right operational and information technology metrics in hand, your leadership has the insight it needs to make strategic, data-driven decisions that achieve results.

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8 Process And IT Changes That Improve Your Community Hospital’s Revenue

Running your community hospital efficiently is more important than ever. Reimbursement is going down and regulatory expenses are creeping up.

To see more patients, deliver quality care and maintain a healthy business, your IT systems and processes must be strategic and aligned to patient value. They must preserve revenue, shorten cycles and positively influence physician retention.

Here’s the medicine, with no sugar: effective, valuable IT never boils down to a miracle technology or cure-all process.

To make your IT valuable and achieve business goals, make these eight process and technology changes soon.

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Use Healthcare Analytics To Shape Up Your Hospital Purchasing

If your community hospital isn’t tapping healthcare analytics to make purchasing decisions, you are leaving money on the table, plain and simple.

Analytics-driven business intelligence is your hospital’s “killer app.” Today, we’re going to tackle purchasing, showing you where an analytics-based approach pays off big time.

Here’s a primer on how your community hospital should use healthcare analytics to make smarter purchasing decisions.

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Meaningful Use Stage 3 Overview

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on March 20th the proposed rule for Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 3. The proposed rule was published on the federal register and has a 60-day public comment period. Below, we've provided a bit of a summary of the rule for you. If you have questions regarding how your hospital should address MU Stage 3, let us know and we'll try to answer your questions.

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