Healthcare Consumerism is Unfolding Right in Front of Our Eyes

by Phil C. Solomon November 17, 2016

Healthcare consumerism isn’t defined by Merriam-Webster. The traditional definition of consumerism is the promotion of the consumer’s interests and it states that an increasing consumption of goods is economically desirable.  The United States has become a society of increasing consumerism, where individuals are making increasing levels of purchases for a variety of consumer goods. Retailers and […]

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WikiLeaks, Hacking and Cybercriminals Keep Healthcare IT Stakeholders Up at Night

by Phil C. Solomon November 2, 2016

WikiLeaks; The Hacker’s Hacker You would have to be living entirely off the grid to be unfamiliar with WikiLeaks, the multi-national media organization founded by Julian Assange.  WikiLeaks has elevated itself as the most well-known name in hacking, exposing classified, censored or otherwise restricted official materials involving war, spying, and corruption.  The organization is despised […]

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Healthcare Technology – Buy Versus Build or Both?

by Phil C. Solomon October 10, 2016

Buy A New Technology or Further Develop Legacy Systems Lately, technology security has taken center stage as health organizations face increased challenges of maintaining the security of patient health information (PHI).  While securing data is of concern, determining the most applicable and cost-efficient technology is the most important priority. Accelerating digital transformation and leveraging emerging […]

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Telehealth Has Become the 21st Century Gold Rush

by Phil C. Solomon October 7, 2016

The Distinction Between Telemedicine and Telehealth The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) defines telemedicine as the remote delivery of healthcare services and clinical information using telecommunications technology. Today, as telemedicine crosses the chasm of innovation, it leverages a wide array of clinical services using internet, wireless, satellite and telephone media to deliver clinical care. What is […]

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Compare 7 Key Healthcare Positions – Trump vs. Clinton

by Phil C. Solomon October 3, 2016

KEEP IT OR DITCH IT – That is the question – You be the judge Side-by-Side Comparison of the Candidates’ Health Care Positions provided by Kaiser Family Foundation – kff.org Hillary Clinton Donald Trump Position on the ACA Maintain and build upon the ACA. Repeal the ACA in its entirety. Repealing the law would rollback many […]

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Don’t Text PHI While Driving

by Phil C. Solomon September 13, 2016

Article is a 4-minute read We all know we shouldn’t text and drive, don’t we? That said, now let’s explore how texting has evolved in healthcare. The Rise of Text Messaging in America On June 19, 1934, United States (U.S.) President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, signed the Communications Act of 1934 into law.1  This act established […]

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Slowing Down the Hospital Readmission Turnstile

by Phil C. Solomon August 21, 2016

Reducing Hospital Readmissions in 2016 Once patients are discharged from the hospital, they have no desire to return. Hospitals also would prefer patients not be readmitted due to medical issues associated with their hospital stay. Patient readmissions are a major problem plaguing the U.S. healthcare system, and policymakers are taking steps to reduce them.  The […]

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The Patient Experience – an Epic Shift of Thinking

by Phil C. Solomon August 10, 2016

IMPROVING THE PATIENT EXPERIENCE WILL DRIVE SUPERIOR PATIENT SATISFACTION           __________________________________________ The Colossal Shift from Fee-For-Service to Value-Based Reimbursement  Anyone who has followed the healthcare industry over the past few years understands the transition that is underway moving from the traditional fee-for-service (FFS) model of reimbursing providers for delivering care where physicians and […]

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Look Back on OCRs Guidance Regarding Patients’ Access to PHI

by Phil C. Solomon August 3, 2016

A clear signal to increased enforcement where covered entities do not honor PHI requests for access as required by HIPAA The U.S. Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has been actively releasing new information regarding the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) compliance, including releasing a frequently asked question (FAQ) aimed at clarifying […]

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Brief Primer for Medicare Appeals Process

by Phil C. Solomon July 19, 2016

Changes Proposed to Medicare Appeals Process July 13, 2016 Current Process Description – Every year, Medicare Administrative Contractors process an estimated 1.2 billion fee-for-service claims on behalf of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for more than 33.9 million Medicare beneficiaries.  When beneficiaries or providers disagree with a coverage or payment decision made by […]

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CMS Plays The Wicked Witch of the West Due To Their Site-neutral Outpatient Payment Rule

by Phil C. Solomon July 18, 2016

Article is a 4-minute read CMS Becomes Arch Nemesis of Hospitals with Plans for Site-neutral Rates in Outpatient Payment Rule To hospitals, the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) is acting like the terrible Wicked Witch of the West from the movie the Wizard of Oz because of their proposed plans for site-neutral rate […]

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Free Webinar: Uber-Up Your Patient Payment Liability Strategies

by Phil C. Solomon July 6, 2016

Free Webinar: Uber-Up Your Patient Payment Liability Strategies When: July 14, 2016 – 2:00 PM to 3 PM EDT Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1796784893242454788 Sponsored by: The Georgia Chapter of HFMA __________________ Why Use The Uber Analogy to Reference Patient Payment Liability Strategies? Uber is an on-demand transportation service which has revolutionized the transportation industry. Uber’s new strategy reimagined the old […]

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