Is Obamacare FDR’s New Deal?

David McIntyre Director, Public Relations Sage Growth Partners    If you ask historians, “Was FDR’s New Deal a success?” many will conclude the only thing achieved was that it gave the American people the belief that something was actually being accomplished.  While the success of individual elements can be debated, one undeniable fact remains…the New [...]

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ICD-10 Implementation…The Clock Continues to Click. Despite Extension, Healthcare Industry Continues to Fall Behind.

  Deb Kephart, RN Vice President/Managing Director Sage Growth Partners   Some of us are procrastinators; we work best under the pressure of an imminent deadline. Others take the exact opposite approach. They need to immediately address and complete a project so they can tackle the next task at hand. When it comes to ICD-10 [...]

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CMS Hospital Price Release

Don McDaniel CEO Sage Growth Partners      On Wednesday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the prices that more than 3,000 hospitals across the country charge for the top 100 most frequently billed discharges. The enormous spreadsheet lists what each hospital charges for each diagnosis related code (DRG), and what the [...]

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Meaningful Use Audits…It’s All About the Documentation. What Providers Need to Know Before They Attest

  Deb Kephart, RN Vice President/Managing Director Sage Growth Partners   Providing true and accurate Meaningful Use (MU) attestation does not automatically ensure providers will pass The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) audit of certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology. It’s all about the documentation. Providers need to understand, that they and they [...]

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Controlling Medicare Costs By Asking the Correct Question

  Stephen C Schimpff, MD Senior Advisor Sage Growth Partners   The Democrats and the Republican parties’ approaches to Medicare are quite different.  Which approach is better? That is the wrong question. Or at least not the most important question. Instead we should consider what could be done now to actually improve patient care quality [...]

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CHCs, Baseball, and Fundamentals: Becoming the Earl Weaver of the FQHC World

  Chris DeMarco VP, Research and Planning Sage Growth Partners   When thinking about the hefty increases in FQHC funding and recent GAO reports critiquing FQHC oversight,[1] one question that arose for me was, “How can organizations optimize performance?”  Raised in Baltimore, I immediately thought of baseball hall-of-fame manager, Earl Weaver, and an interview I [...]

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Beyond ACOs: Who will get to true sustainability?

Don McDaniel CEO Sage Growth Partners        A recent Op-ed piece by Clayton Christensen, Jeffrey Flier, and Vineeta Vijayaraghavan in The Wall Street Journal discusses the potential, or more accurately in the authors’ minds, the limitations of the Accountable Care Organization model.  They argue that the presence of the ACO alone does nothing [...]

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What’s Ahead: Some Health Economy Considerations for 2013

Anirban Basu Chief Economist Sage Growth Partners   Unhappy Hospitals We knew that there would be winners and losers emerging from the resolution to the so-called fiscal cliff.  The media have broadly proclaimed that among the winners are President Obama, Vice President Biden, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, the elderly and those households earning between [...]

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Meaningful (and not so) HIT Knowledge

By David Kovel GM, Health Care IT Solutions Chief Information Officer Sage Growth Partners   Healthcare is presently the greatest creator of new jobs and entrants into this growing labor market are struggling to catch on quickly. Unprepared individuals are pervasive throughout the health IT adoption supply chain. This includes a sales force struggling to [...]

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Attesting to Security Risk Remediation

By David Kovel Chief Technology Officer Sage Growth Partners I’ve been through a number of security risks assessments now and physician practices are slowly awakening to how porous their information system defenses have become. The ONC published a rudimentary SRA tool (download found here) to guide offices through the process of taking stock of their systems [...]

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