The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the nation’s largest payer, has set a clear direction with its publication of targets: By 2018, 50% of fee-for-service payments will be through alternative payment models, such as ACOs and bundled payments, and 90% of FFS payments will be tied to quality or value. And CMS has begun to introduce mandatory bundles. This suggests that all providers will
need to develop population health competencies, including the ability to manage risk for both cost and quality.
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Spending on supplies and pharmaceutical services varies among U.S. hospitals. It is not uncommon for hospitals with similar types of patients, including case mix and severity, to have significant differences in purchasing intensity for certain clinical services. Even small changes in efficiency can make a difference for hospitals and health systems, because supply-chain spending typically accounts for hospitals’ biggest spend after labor costs. Costs totaled about $74 billion in 2012, according to the Healthcare Supply Chain Association.
Medicare spend per beneficiary (MSPB) information is a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services metric that reflects the average cost of an episode of care for Medicare patients. This measure is important to consider as part of a hospital’s national balanced scorecard, as it reflects executives’ efforts to transform the healthcare delivery system and manage the full continuum of care, including the prominent shift from inpatient to outpatient utilization.
The shift from inpatient to outpatient care is increasing as hospitals transition from volume to value. A specific shift is seen in interventional cardiology treatment (cardiac catheterization, intracoronary stents, and percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasties [PTCA]), which is moving from an inpatient hospital to outpatient hospital setting. Preliminary data show that most interventional cardiology procedures will soon be performed in the hospital outpatient setting. It will be important for hospitals to consider future demand and volume for interventional cardiology services; capacity for an increase in hospital outpatient volume; and staffing and operational implications.
What do standard best practices for radiology look like? Without them, it is impossible for a hospital to identify the strengths and weaknesses of its current radiology services and strive for improvements.
In late August 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced plans to reinstate the Recovery Audit program on a limited basis. CMS reports the delay in restarting the Recovery Audit program was to enable the various RAC regions to restructure, allowing time for the appeals to catch up. Soon, however, the hiatus will end and RACs in all regions will resume automated reviews; these will be in addition to select complex reviews based on topics chosen by CMS.
Healthcare billing and claims handling has become increasingly complex. With the transition to Version 5010 of the HIPAA electronic transaction standards, the expansion of billing codes under ICD-10, and the ever-changing requirements of insurance companies and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), it can be nearly impossible for providers to keep up.
There is no doubt that enterprise cloud is a new and improved IT strategy. Cloud services have proven to improve organizational agility and reduce the burden of IT infrastructure and cost. Moving to the cloud is no longer a question of “if” but “when” and “how.” Most enterprises we interviewed are moving to cloud in phases over time and matching workloads to their perceptions of a vendor’s cloud capabilities that will best support their objectives. Many will require the ability and flexibility to support multivendor cloud and multiple deployment choices (e.g., public cloud, private cloud, and hybrid cloud).
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Published By: Limelight
Published Date: Feb 16, 2018
DDoS attacks have long been known as the main form of cyber attack risk. “The Financial Inspection Manual” revised by the Japanese government’s Financial Services Agency in April 2015, identifies the risk of "DDoS attacks", and the need to take countermeasures is strongly emphasized. Other government agencies also acknowledge the frequency and severity of DDoS attacks. However, a clear method to completely prevent DDoS attacks has not been established yet. Why is that? What are the best measures that companies can take at the present time?
IT is in the midst of one of its major transformations. IDC has characterized this paradigm shift as the “third platform,” driven by innovations in cloud, big data, mobility and social technologies. Progressive enterprises are seeking to leverage third-platform technologies to create new business opportunities and competitive differentiation through new products and services, new business models and new ways of engaging customers.
Nicht zuletzt gab es durch den Megatrend Cloud Computing einen rasanten Fortschritt für die moderne Applikationsentwicklung. Das Zusammenspiel von Microservices und Containern ermöglicht es, Entwickler-Software schneller zu erstellen und freizugeben. Mehr in unserem ePaper von Oracle und Intel®: so können Sie Time-to-Market von neuen Projekten durch Cloud-native Application Development verkürzen, Operations und Data Security effizienter managen sowie den ROI in der IT verbessern.
Die heutigen Möglichkeiten Microservices zu entwickeln und zu verteilen sind vielfältig und vielseitig. Die passende Set aus der Vielzahl von Tools, Plattformen und Vorgehensweisen zu finden, kann einem durchaus den letzten Nerv kosten. In diesem fast unüberschaubaren Angebot an Optionen und Open Source Tools – woher soll man anfangs wissen, welche letztendlich die Richtigen für einen selbst sind? Und bieten sie auch genau die Vorteile, die man sucht?
Doch Hilfe naht! Erfahren in diesem Videocast von Oracle und Intel® mehr über die Oracle-Plattform für Kubernetes, die die Entwicklerproduktivität an erster Stelle stellt und dem Anwender höchste Performance, Sicherheit, Netzwerkfähigkeit und Verwaltbarkeit bietet. Gleichzeitig behält der Entwickler seine Autonomie und Auswahlmöglichkeiten. Ob nun Microservice-Container zu erstellen sind oder Funktion-as-a-Service (FaaS) als Architekturbestandteil einsetzt wird - bei dem neuen Oracle-Plattformansatz ist an alles gedacht worden.
Published By: Dell EMC
Published Date: Feb 07, 2018
All companies, small and large, grapple with infrastructure growth and IT modernization. For many companies, datacenter infrastructure has become an essential part of a hybrid cloud environment that allows users to consume internal and external resources seamlessly. This, in turn, is helping modernize today's datacenters and drive new levels of agility, productivity, and scale.
A common attribute of modern datacenter infrastructure is solutions that provide all compute and data services as a single system that can be managed holistically at a rack scale. IDC refers to such solutions as converged infrastructure.
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Longi Engineering, a leading Microsoft SharePoint partner, was engaged to assist a leading Performing Arts Center in implementing an organizational SharePoint intranet to allow them to increase employee collaboration, automate previously manual processes and collaborate more effectively. The organization faced numerous challenges such as document management, legal contract workflow, records retention and labor intensive/error prone manual processes.
Longi Engineering was engaged to assist a Community Action non-profit in implementing SharePoint to fulfill several organizational requirements they had as well as resolve multiple challenges they faced. Manual paper processes were hindering the organization from being able to efficiently focus on their goal of providing services and strengthening the community to improve the quality of life for residents in their County.
Longi Engineering was engaged to assist a Private Equity Firm in implementing a SharePoint deal management system as an additional component to their existing on premise SharePoint server solution. The organization faced multiple challenges in that they did not possess an efficient technology solution that allowed them to manage their deals and associated history. One of the organization’s goals was to create a centralized, easily accessible dashboard interface from which they could rapidly determine the status of a deal as well as manage their deals. Their deal lifecycle had multiple stages depending on whether a deal was New, in a diligence phase, on Hold or Dead.
SharePoint is a technology that most organizations have access to these days, yet it is one that is open not utilized fully. This is in part due to organizations not being fully aware of the breadth of SharePoint’s capabilities. Most SharePoint power users/administrators are aware they can leverage SharePoint as a document repository and to share data seamlessly with a group of colleagues, however, they often are not aware of how to leverage some of SharePoint’s key foundational components effectively. As someone who implements SharePoint, one of the biggest complaints we hear from organizations is users aren’t using it, adoption is low. Without user adoption no technology implementation project can be successful. It is difficult to pinpoint one reason that causes adoption to be low, however, taking steps to effectively build your SharePoint site with a solid foundation along with an end goal of high user adoption is a great way to start.
As humans, we are driven to find ways of making an increasingly
complex world simpler. For both customer and marketing leaders -
technology helps us to do that. For marketers particularly in Financial
Services, the focus shifts from a supply-led, to a demand-led
economy; the trust economy, where customer demands continue to
diversify and the fastest to deliver value wins.
Technology offers the opportunity for brands to compete - and win - on a rising standard of customer service delivery. Changing cornerstones of engagement: consumers may seem like they stick with their service providers no matter what, but marketers can’t be complacent. To stop their valued customers adding services elsewhere, organizations need to fulfill a new set of standards.
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Published By: Mimecast
Published Date: Nov 28, 2017
With the pending EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), your organization must consider a wide variety of changes for compliance if you hold EU resident data.
Your organization should look at GDPR as an opportunity to modernize storage, compliance and security needs. But what services should be considered?
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• How the right providers can help you build a business case for GDPR compliance
• Ways providers can directly aid in the compliance process
• Why the right tools can help with not just technology but process changes as well