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Guest Post: CareFirst Insurer Expands Role of Nurse Practitioners, IOM Recommends Same by Stephen F. Registered NurseHealth Maven Posted Wed 10 Nov 2010 5:22pm CareFirst Insurer Expands Role of Nurse Practitioners, IOM Recommends Same Last week, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, an insurer in Baltimore, Maryland, announced that it would enable nurse practitioners to serve as primary-care providers in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and the D.C. area. In response to both t ... Read on »
Reflections on the MEDEVAC Post, and Caring for Veterans by Emily M. Registered Nurse Posted Thu 02 Oct 2008 12:33pm A few notes in reference to my hastily written post regarding my desire to return to flying MEDEVAC in the Army . . . The post from B5 struck an obvious cord with me and thus my strong statements. I want to say thank you to Mark and Matt for reminding me that the term “Heroes” is reserved for referring to those who have given their liv ... Read on »
Memorial Day Weekend Post: The Best Care Anywhere by Jason S. Patient Expert Posted Sat 29 May 2010 2:32pm In the past, I have commented on an article by Phillip Longman describing the quality of care at the VA .  Mr. Longman recently wrote a book titled The Best Care Anywhere .  The book claims that “the long-maligned Veterans Health Administration has become the highest-quality healthcare provider in the United States.” Gooznews  interviews Mr ... Read on »
Scenario Planning in a Post-ACO and Post-ACA World for the Care and Population Health Management Industry by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted Thu 08 Dec 2011 8:32pm  ....and suppose there are 55 Republican Senators? In a prior post , the Disease Management Care Blog provocatively suggested that providers, hospital boards and policymakers should hedge their bets and prepare for the possibility of a "post-ACO world."  If the Group Practice Demo's disappointing results are any guide, the likel ... Read on »
Kindred Healthcare To Acquire RehabCare for $900 Million Creating the Largest Post Acute Care Conglomerate in the US by Medical Quack Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Tue 08 Feb 2011 2:44am Here we go with more mergers and acquisitions and it’s getting hard to keep up with all the action at times.  Back in August of 2010 Kindred purchased 5 hospitals in southern California and 3 nursing home centers.  Falling health-care reimbursement rates were cited as part of the reason for the the deal.  By combining technologies and facilitie ... Read on »
Submit your post to the HealthCare SocialMedia Review by Francine H. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Sun 27 May 2012 12:00am Looking for something to do in the middle of Memorial Day weekend? Why not submit a post to the HealthCare SocialMedia Review? Please send your submission by Monday May 28 at midnight, using this  SurveyMonkey link  to provide details.   from Health Business Blog ... Read on »
Long-Term and Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) Needs Related to EHR Adoption by Juno Medical Doctor Posted Thu 03 May 2012 10:06am As the population of the United States ages, the number of people receiving services in Long-Term and Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) facilities is expected to grow rapidly. LTPAC is characterized by a variety of settings, from complex care in long-term acute-care hospitals to supportive services in the community or home-based care. Compared to the gen ... Read on »
Identifying and Addressing Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Priorities by Juno Medical Doctor Posted Mon 20 Aug 2012 2:46pm Today, ONC is posting the Long-Term and Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) Roundtable Sum mar y Report of Findings [PDF - 352 KB], which reflects LTPAC stakeholder comments and recommendations from a day-long meeting held in May 2012. The roundtable was held to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss the information needs of LTPAC provid ... Read on »
HIE Implementation Connects Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Facilities by Juno Medical Doctor Posted Tue 13 Nov 2012 10:17am The health information team at the Keystone Beacon Community has developed a new health information exchange (HIE) implementation tool that will allow any skilled nursing facility to share a patient’s information inexpensively and securely—with or without an electronic health record. Thanks to this innovative approach, previously inaccessibl ... Read on »
Seeking Your Feedback: Voluntary EHR Certification for Behavioral Health and Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Settings by Juno Medical Doctor Posted Wed 14 May 2014 2:56pm The Health Information Technology Policy Committee (HITPC) has been asked by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to explore the health information technology (health IT) needs of the long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) and behavioral health (BH) settings.  In most cases, providers in these settings a ... Read on »