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Radial Access, Same-Day Release after PCIs Could Save $300 Million a Year 

New research shows that U.S. hospitals could save $300 million annually--and see fewer complications--if they use transradial access for percutaneous coronary interventions, and release patients on the same day.

Analysis shows that same-day, transradial PCIs cost $3,500 less than discharges that did not occur on the day of the procedure. Compared to transfemoral interventions, transradial PCIs also reduce:

  • Bleeding
  • Vascular complications
  • Transfusions

"We now have identified a mechanism for hospitals to improve their efficiency and lower costs that is associated with improved PCI outcomes simultaneously," says the study's lead author, Amit P. Amin, MD, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, in a news release.

"Our data show there is a tremendous potential to reduce costs of PCI, reduce complications and achieve a 'win-win' for both patients and hospitals," Amin adds. "Hospitals that redesign their care pathways to perform more same-day, transradial PCIs can potentially save hundreds of thousands of dollars each year."

As this research indicates, a major part of achieving cost savings is reducing avoidable complications. But reducing PCI complications is just one part of the puzzle; CV service lines can reduce adverse events for a myriad of other procedures.

There are also opportunities to achieve cost savings in other ways, such as by improving throughput and making billing easier and more accurate. Identifying these opportunities is crucial for physicians and cardiovascular leadership.

That's where LUMEDX's Cardiovascular Performance Program comes in. This new program offers a no-charge analysis of your facility's performance on complication rates and other issues that reduce revenues. It then generates a detailed plan for improvement.

The opportunities for better clinical and financial performance are dramatic. Learn more by contacting the Cardiovascular Performance Program team at info@lumedx.com or 800-966-0699.

See you at ACC: If you'll be at ACC.17 this month, stop by and say hi at LUMEDX Booth 2411. Or schedule a meeting to find out about the latest innovative software and services that can help you improve care and dramatically reduce costs across your CV service line. 

 

Parts of Obama's Healthcare Legacy Will Likely Continue Under Trump 

President-elect cites popular provisions he'd like to keep

As the dust settles after the presidential election, it appears that Donald Trump is already softening some of his positions, especially his position on Obamacare. Media outlets have speculated that President Obama pushed hard for the continuance of his signature healthcare program when he met with Trump at the White House following the election.

During the presidential campaign, Trump disparaged the Affordable Care Act and called for its repeal, although he didn't spell out what he would put in its place. A wholesale repeal of the ACA could leave as many as 22 million people without health insurance--a prospect that industry insiders consider unlikely.

Healthcare attorney Michael P. Strazzella told FierceHealthcare that Trump will focus on the ACA on the first day of his presidency, but that he doesn't expect anything dramatic to happen immediately. (Strazzella is co-head of Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney's District of Columbia office.)

"Repeal is good campaign language, but it's a 2,000-plus page bill and not everything can be repealed," Strazzella pointed out. To actually repeal all of Obamacare would require a 60-vote Senate supermajority, which Trump could not get unless some Democrats crossed party lines.
Other factors to consider:

  • The Republican Party is far from united under Trump, whom some GOP leaders have distanced themselves from, so the new president may not be able to count on the party's backing his every move.
  • Republicans may be wary of taking away well-liked provisions of Obamacare, especially if that doesn't play well with their constituencies.
  • The ACA's mandate that patients must not be denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions is very popular with voters, as is the act's provision for young people to be kept on their parents' insurance plans till age 26.*

What other aspects of healthcare might change under the Trump presidency? The future of pilot programs such as the Accountable Care Organizations under the Medicare Shared Savings Programs--like so many other Obama administration healthcare provisions--is murky. But many in the healthcare industry maintain that value-based care is here to stay. 

The credit ratings and research company Fitch Ratings issued this prediction: "The shift toward linking pricing to patient outcomes will continue as patients and health insurers grapple with the growing burden of healthcare costs over the longer term." 

*UPDATE: Trump recently told "60 Minutes" that he is in favor of keeping at least two provisions of Obamacare: the requirement that insurance companies accept patients with pre-existing conditions, and the provision that allows young adults to stay on their parents' health insurance plans until they reach the age of 26. He also signaled that he would not end Obamacare without having some other program in place.

Will the election of Trump impact your organization? Share your thoughts in our comment section below.

The Best of Cardio and Health IT News: Week of 2/22/16 

Security breach, telehealth, and Obamacare

LUMEDX does the research for you! Here are some of the top stories in healthcare this week.

Security: Hospital pays ransom to get its data back from hackers

Security experts are concerned that a Southern California hospital paid a $17,000 ransom in bitcoins to hackers who infiltrated and disabled its network, saying that agreeing to the ransomers' demands could set a bad precedent. The hackers had encrypted the hospital's computer network and demanded the ransom to provide a digital decryption key to unlock it.

Healthcare could be major issue in presidential race

The future of U.S. healthcare--especially Obamacare, Medicare, and Medicaid--will be determined in this year's presidential election, and the candidates are offering starkly different visions. Democrat Hillary Clinton would uphold and expand the Affordable Health Act, while her primary opponent, Bernie Sanders, would replace it with a single-payer system. Republican Donald Trump expressed support for some facets of the ACA, while Republican Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz vow to end it.

51 hospitals settle with Justice Department in ICD case

The Department of Justice has reached settlements with 51 hospitals that allegedly improperly implanted implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) in Medicare patients. The department said it had reached settlements worth a total of more than $23 million with hospitals in 15 states for allegedly improperly implanting the cardiac devices.

Forbes blogger predicts expansion of concierge healthcare model

An opinion piece in  Forbes suggests that hospitals should consider offering concierge healthcare. The concierge model could help financially struggling providers by making them more attractive to wealthier patients who will pay for expedited access to high-caliber physician talent.

Experts call Zika 'the scariest virus since HIV'

As experts learn more about the mosquito-borne Zika virus, they are becoming more alarmed. The American Council on Science and Health referred to Zika as  "possibly the scariest virus since HIV" because it is carried by hard-to-escape mosquitoes and causes serious birth defects.

National Health IT Week: Joining the Conversation 

This week we are celebrating the ninth year of National Health IT Week – a collaboration between healthcare providers, government agencies, payers, research foundations, and healthcare IT vendors designed to raise awareness about the growing role of technology in healthcare. 

Because healthcare in this country is currently undergoing many changes, all of us in the industry need to work together to advance technology that can reduce costs while improving care.

Our National Health IT Week blog topics are:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 16: Learn about why data analytics is a growing segment of the healthcare technology industry, and how providers can use analytics to monitor performance and drive quality improvement initiatives
  • Wednesday, Sept. 17: Prepare for the new ICD-10 compliance date with information about documentation changes that will impact cardiology departments
  • Thursday, Sept. 18: Read about how The Christ Hospital Health Network is using technology to support quality improvement initiatives

And on Twitter:

  • Friday, Sept. 19: Patrick Cambas, Vice President of Consulting and Strategic Services at LUMEDX, will weigh in during the @HIMSS Twitter Chat on September 19, 9am PT/11am CT/Noon ET. The discussion will focus on successes, pain points, and the future of defining and realizing health IT value. Join us on Twitter @LUMEDX

Best of Health IT News: Week of 08/07/14 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

Hospitals' EHR Progress is Tale of Some Progress, Some Inertia: Study

According to Modern Healthcare, a recent study in Health Affairs shows that American hospitals fall into three groups when it comes to EHR adoption: high achievers who meet second-stage government standards, those who have adopted a basic or comprehensive record, and a group who has neither a basic nor comprehensive record. 

ONC Lays Down 10-Year Interoperability Plan Milestones 

Government Health IT reports that at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's monthly HIT Policy Committee meeting, the ONC revealed more details on its 10-year interoperability roadmap, including its goal that by 2017 it will be able to "ensure providers and individuals can send, receive, find, and use a basic set of essential health information." 

California Health Care Exchange to Share 9 Million Patient Record Online 

This week, the California Integrated Data Exchange (Cal INDEX) announced that it plans to develop a statewide health information exchange. The exchange will use innovative technology to connect healthcare providers and securely share 9 million patient records.

HHS Finalizes ICD-10 Compliance Deadline

According to Healthcare IT News, the Department of Health and Human Services has finalized the new ICD-10 compliance date as October 1, 2015. The deadline for ICD-10 had initially been set at a deadline of October 1, 2014, which healthcare organizations were struggling to meet. Learn more about how LUMEDX can prepare your hospital for ICD-10 here

Thursday, August 07, 2014 9:03:00 AM Categories: EHR health information exchange healthcare today HHS HIE HIT industry news Lumedx ONC Washington

Best of Health IT News: Week of 05/22/14 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

HHS Invests Close to $1 Billion in Healthcare Innovation 

EHR Intelligence reports that the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is investing close to $1 billion to develop and test healthcare innovation models. The two programs include the Health Innovation Awards and the State Innovation Models initiative. 

Heart Failure Severity Correlated With Diabetes Risk 

According to Cardiology Today, researchers have found that an increased in severity of heart failure is associated with an increased risk for the development of diabetes. However, the study also found that use of renin-angiotensin system inhibitors may reduce the risk of diabetes. 

Update: CMS, ONC Ease EHR Certification Requirements For MU 

Government Health IT reports that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT jointly circulated a proposed rule to "change the meaningful use timeline and the definition of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT). It would also change the requirements for reporting clinical quality measurements for 2014." 

Healthcare Data Grows From Big to Great 

Healthcare IT News makes the argument that healthcare data is both getter bigger and smarter, and will become the great differentiator. Healthcare analytics has expanded from business intelligence and financial management to include clinical care insights. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 12/19/13 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss. 

My Favorite Health IT Quotes of 2013 

Healthcare Informatics Contributing Editor David Raths compiles a list of his favorite moments in healthcare IT in 2013. One favorite quote was Farzad Mostashari's statement that "...Our longer term vision is that every healthcare interaction benefits from all the world's knowledge." 

Healthcare analytics market growth to skyrocket

FierceHealthIT reports on a new report from MarketsandMarkets that projects that the global healthcare analytics market will be worth more than $21 billion by 2020. Federal mandates, technological advances, increased healthcare IT adoption, and venture capital investments are cited as strong market drivers.

Continued Troubles with Healthcare.gov May Drive Up Costs

CBS reports that the problems with the Healthcare.gov website may lead to higher prices for many Americans if the technical problems deter young people from signing up. Enrollment continues to lag behind in projections, and more younger, healthier customers are needed in order to address an age imbalance. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 11/14/13 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss. 

Meaningful Use Payouts Top $16.5 Billion 

FierceEMR reports that over 325,000 unique providers have received incentives of more than $16.5 billion in payouts. Participation in the Meaningful Use incentive program continues to grow. 

Why Integrating EMRs and digital images is an ethical and practical imperative 

Radiologist Dr. Andrew Litt talks about why he believes that improving access to patient information and unifying the patient record across different authorized caregivers will improve patient care. 

Experts Reshape Treatment Guide for Cholesterol

The New York Times covers one of the top healthcare stories of this week, which is that the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have released updated guidelines on statins use to reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke. 

What's Hindering Healthcare IT Innovation (And How That Can Change) 

CIO discusses four trends that will help shape advances in healthcare, including a focus on data analytics, and mobile health initiatives that will reduce hospital readmissions. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013 2:38:00 PM Categories: industry news mobile devices Washington

Best of Health IT News: Week of 11/7/13 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss. 

And don't forget to register for our upcoming webinar: "Cloud-based Analytics for Performance Improvement -- Reports from the Field." The webinar will take place on Thursday, November 14 at 1pm Eastern time. 

CMS CIO Steps Down 

In other HealthCare.gov news, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services CIO Tony Trenkle is stepping down. The CMS announced that his departure will be effective November 15, 2013. 

ONC Pilot Program Demonstrates Patient Control Over Protected Data 

iHealthBeat reports that the ONC has completed the pilot phase of the Health IT Data Segmentation for Privacy program. The pilot was carried out at the University of Texas-Austin, Jericho Systems, and Conemaugh Health System. 

21% of Obamacare Visitors Have Enrolled 

InformationWeek covers this week's HealthCare.gov website news. Despite the issues plaguing the website, 21% of site visitors have enrolled in a health plan. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 10/24/13 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

4 things to know about how consumers perceive and use HIT

Government Health IT covers the four priorities that providers and policymakers need to keep in mind, including access priorities, access extent, HIE, and how patients can access healthcare information. 

Non-profits sets new standards for modular EHRs

InformationWeek discusses how the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative just achieved all three Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements for its in-house EHR system.  

Obamacare goes live: healthcare cloud computing in action 

The big news in the healthcare IT space this week is the announcement that online enrollment of government-approved healthcare exchanges under the Affordable Care Act has gone live. 

Health IT takes hold around the world

Healthcare IT News shines the spotlight on four healthcare IT initiatives from around the world and shares experiences, insights, and learnings. 

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