The benefits of coordinated care

Communities in which health-care providers work together to coordinate evidence-based hospital discharges can see a six percent drop in hospitalizations and rehospitalizations in just the first two years, according to a new project study.

For the project, described January 22 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care (CFMC) coordinated 14 of Medicare’s Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs), which are funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to help achieve national quality goals through focused efforts at the community and provider level.

How better alerts improve HIV outcomes

Here’s one more reason to consider implementing a clinical decision- support system with interactive alerts: It improves outcomes for HIV patients, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

In the study, researchers from Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital divided 1,011 patients at a large outpatient clinic based on receipt of two types of alerts (for virologic failure, evidence of suboptimal followup and abnormal laboratory results). For the control group of patients, alerts appeared only on the patient’s electronic medical records (EMR) page.

Get your Section 179 tax deduction

Year-end brings some important tax planning implications for physicians, because both the Tax Relief Act of 2010 and the Jobs Act of 2010 affected Section 179 of the tax code in a positive way. You can basically write off 100% of up to $139,000 of equipment and software you purchase this year.

Tips for successful EMR implementation

Buying quality hardware, hiring external assistance, and getting buy-in from practice staff are key steps to a successful electronic medical record (EMR) system implementation, according to primary care physicians.

That information comes from a recent Medical Economics survey, in which 30 doctors were asked to identify what helped them prepare for EMR implementation.

Will the election impact health-care IT?

The outcome of the presidential election is not expected to change the strength of the health-care IT sector, according to a new study by Mercom Capital Group.

Because health-care IT touches virtually everybody in some way, it’s become a large market that piqued the interest of investors, and significant funding is flowing into private companies.

How the cloud is transforming health care

Cloud computing is still a relatively new information technology concept, but it’s already beginning to be relevant in health care – because it utilizes economies of scale to provide massive computing power and storage to users who sign up for the service.