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Newtown, CT - November 13, 2015

Few diagnosis codes exemplify the perversion of coding practices and reimbursement policies more than the one for Acute Blood Loss Anemia - From a purely clinical standpoint, anemia resulting from acute blood loss usually occurs as a result of trauma, or a surgery during which the patient had excessive bleeding. In other words, it's not your run-of-the-mill blood loss...

Newtown, CT - November 6, 2015

It's too bad when important policy points are drowned out by incoherent arguments - In a recent Health Affairs Blog post, Jeff Goldsmith argues that we must transcend the current "simplistic" narrative of conservatives and liberals that...

Newtown, CT - October 30, 2015

It's pretty difficult for providers to change if more than half the market sits out payment reform - While Medicare and Medicaid (in many states) are stepping up their payment reform implementations, private sector payers are still lagging behind, despite notable exceptions. In...

Newtown, CT - October 24, 2015

"The features of markets described in economic textbooks are not found in the healthcare industry and thus inhibit efficient operations of supply and demand" - This quote from our friend Rob Burns continues with: "These features include lack of price information and pricing transparency; lack of data on product quality; the resulting inability to assess the comparative...

Newtown, CT - October 16, 2015

If you spend any amount of time in your car, you either know of or use Waze - The concept of Waze is simple. It aggregates data from its users and feeds it back real time. The more people use it - and there are close to 100 million that do - the better the data. In places like...

Newtown, CT - October 9, 2015

What's worse, potentially avoidable complications or overused low-value services? Like for all things, it's all relative, and it depends largely on the condition, illness or injury. As many know, a few years ago the ABIM Foundation launched an ambitious program to engage medical specialty societies into identifying services that have very low value in treating a patient for a certain condition or illness. That...

Only EMR vendor certified by HCI3 as data aggregator for all BTE programs: asthma, coronary artery disease, cardiac care, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, diabetes, and hypertension

NEWTOWN, CT – October 9, 2015 – Software developer Meridios has received certification as a data aggregator for Bridges to Excellence (BTE) from the Health Care Incentives...

Newtown, CT - October 2, 2015

350 million people, 350 million networks - On Wednesday September 30th, at a NEJM-sponsored event in Washington DC, Dr. Bas Bloem, a neurologist from the Netherlands, explained how he had launched an innovative solution for the care of patients with Parkinson's disease, ParkinsonNet. The...

Newtown, CT - September 25, 2015

Our Rogues Gallery has a new entrant, Martin Shkreli, and he's gone straight to the top - Mr. Shkreli, who has somewhat of a checkered past, is the CEO of a company that acquired the rights to manufacture a mostly generic...

Newtown, CT - September 18, 2015

The comments are in and they're not good for CMS but, by and large, they're fair and important. We hope CMS will finally pay attention - Of the 396 comment letters sent in on the recently announced Medicare Joint Replacement Bundled Payment program, the one from...