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National Health Expenditures Continued Slow Growth in 2013

Health spending continued to grow at a slow rate last year the Office of the Actuary (OACT) at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reported today. In 2013, health spending grew at 3.6 percent and total national health expenditures in the United States reached $2.9 trillion, or $9,255 per person. The annual OACT report showed health spending continued a pattern of low growth—between 3.6 percent and 4.1– percent for five consecutive years. The report is being published today in Health Affairs.

The recent low rates of national health spending growth coincide with modest growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which averaged 3.9 percent per year since the end of the severe economic recession in 2010. As a result, the share of the economy devoted to health remained unchanged over this period at 17.4 percent.

“This report is another piece of evidence that our efforts to reform the health care delivery system are working,” said CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. “To keep this momentum going, we are continuing our efforts to shift toward paying for care in ways that reward providers who achieve better outcomes and lower costs.”

Total national health spending slowed from 4.1 percent growth in 2012 to 3.6 percent in 2013.  The report attributes the 0.5 percentage point slowdown in health care spending growth to slower growth in private health insurance, Medicare, and investment in medical structures and equipment spending.  However, faster growth in Medicaid spending helped to partially offset the slowdown.

Other findings from the report:

  • Medicare spending, which represented 20 percent of national health spending in 2013, grew 3.4 percent to $585.7 billion, a slowdown from growth of 4.0 percent in 2012. This slowdown was primarily caused by a deceleration in Medicare enrollment growth, as well as net impacts from the Affordable Care Act and sequestration.  Per-enrollee Medicare spending grew at about the same rate as 2012, increasing just 0.2 percent in 2013.
  • Spending on private health insurance premiums (a 33 percent share of total health care spending) reached $961.7 billion in 2013, and increased 2.8 percent, slower than the 4.0 percent growth in 2012. The slower rate of growth reflected low enrollment growth in private health insurance plans, the continued shift of enrollees to high-deductible health plans and other benefit design changes, low underlying medical benefit trends, and the impacts of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Medicaid spending grew 6.1 percent in 2013 to $449.4 billion, an acceleration from 4.0 percent growth in 2012. Faster Medicaid growth in 2013 was driven in part by increases in provider reimbursement rates, some states’ expanding benefits, and early Medicaid expansion.
  • Out-of-pocket spending (which includes direct consumer payments such as copayments, deductibles, spending by the insured on services not covered by insurance, and spending by those without health insurance) grew 3.2 percent in 2013 to $339.4 billion, slightly slower than annual growth of 3.6 percent in both 2011 and 2012.
  • Among health care goods and services, slower growth in spending for hospital care and physician and clinical services contributed to slower growth in national health care spending in 2013. However, faster spending growth for retail prescription drugs in 2013 partially offset the overall slowdown.
  • Hospital spending increased 4.3 percent to $936.9 billion in 2013 compared to 5.7 percent growth in 2012. The lower growth in 2013 was influenced by slower growth in both price and non-price factors (which include the use and intensity of services). Growth in private health insurance and Medicare hospital spending decelerated in 2013 compared to 2012.
  • Spending for physician and clinical services increased 3.8 percent in 2013 to $586.7 billion, from 4.5 percent growth in 2012. Slower price growth in 2013 was the main cause of the slowdown, as prices grew less than 0.1 percent. Growth in spending from private health insurance and Medicare, the two largest payers of physician and clinical services, experienced slower spending growth in 2013, while Medicaid growth accelerated as a result of temporary increases in payments to primary care physicians.
  • Retail prescription drug spending accelerated in 2013, growing 2.5 percent to $271.1 billion, compared to 0.5 percent growth in 2012. Faster growth in 2013 resulted from price increases for brand-name and specialty drugs, increased spending on new medicines, and increased utilization.
  • In 2013, households accounted for the largest share of spending (28 percent), followed by the federal government (26 percent), private businesses (21 percent), and state and local governments (17 percent).

Since 2010, the share of health spending financed by the federal government decreased—from 28 percent to 26 percent in 2013. At the same time, the share financed by state and local governments increased—from 16 percent in 2010 to 17 percent in 2013. These shifts resulted primarily from the June 2011 expiration of additional Medicaid funding provided by the federal government to the states through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The report includes all of the net impacts of the Affordable Care Act provisions as well as the budget sequester through 2013.  The Affordable Care Act provisions that exerted downward pressure in 2013 were:

  • productivity adjustments for Medicare fee-for-service payments
  • reduced Medicare Advantage base payment rates
  • increased Medicaid prescription drug rebates
  • the medical loss ratio requirement for private insurers

The Affordable Care Act provisions that exerted upward pressure in 2013 included:

  • early Medicaid expansion initiatives
  • a temporary increase in Medicaid primary care provider payments
  • reducing the size of the Medicare Part D donut hole
  • the implementation of prescription drug industry fees

The OACT report will appear at http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/NationalHealthExpendData/NationalHealthAccountsHistorical.html

December 3, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Broader Approach Urged for Evaluating Financial Performance of Employed Physicians

(Nov. 21, 2014, Westchester, Ill.) – Current approaches to measuring the financial performance of employed physicians can obscure the value that employed physicians bring to an organization, according to new research released today by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

Based on productivity alone, fewer than 25 percent of senior financial executives surveyed expected to see a positive return on investment during the first two years of physician employment, a finding that researchers described as “not surprising” in light of current payment methodologies and productivity decreases that often occur when physicians move into an employment setting. However, instead of using “loss per physician” as a financial metric, researchers say, a health system should fully account for the value that employed physicians bring to the system. That is, looking at the system as a whole, management should determine an acceptable level of expense to generate sufficient revenues to maintain the system’s financial health and invest in physician financial support accordingly.

“It’s vital to ensure that the contributions of physicians are accurately valued and described,” said HFMA president and CEO Joseph J. Fifer, FHFMA, CPA. “Physician commitment to care transformation is critical to an organization’s success in making the transition to a value-based health system.”

The report was issued against a backdrop of continued growth in physician employment by hospitals and health systems, with 64 percent of hospital- and health system-based senior financial executives surveyed pursuing a physician employment strategy. The report also addresses clinically integrated networks and accountable care organizations as viable alternatives to physician employment for those providers seeking greater alignment.

Fundamental elements of a physician strategy identified and addressed in depth in the 24-page report include the following:

  • Determining the best alignment opportunities for physician practices in a particular market
  • Building a sufficient primary care base to support specialty services
  • Communicating the need for flexibility and change in physician compensation agreements
  • Developing physician leadership and governance structures

The research findings are detailed in Strategies for Physician Engagement and Alignment, based on quantitative and qualitative research conducted by HFMA in March 2014. Of 118 responses to the survey of senior financial executives, 55 percent represented stand-alone hospitals and 45 percent represented health systems. Site visits and interviews also were conducted with five hospitals, health systems, and medical groups.

To download the full report, visit hfma.org/valueproject.

About HFMA
With more than 40,000 members, the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) is the nation’s premier membership organization for healthcare finance leaders. HFMA builds and supports coalitions with other healthcare associations and industry groups to achieve consensus on solutions for the challenges the U.S. healthcare system faces today. Working with a broad cross-section of stakeholders, HFMA identifies gaps throughout the healthcare delivery system and bridges them through the establishment and sharing of knowledge and best practices. We help healthcare stakeholders achieve optimal results by creating and providing education, analysis, and practical tools and solutions. Our mission is to lead the financial management of health care. hfma.org

November 21, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Cody Consulting Streamlines CMS Compliance, Improves Analytics and Reporting with Launch of the CodySoft® Investigations Module™

TAMPA, Fla. (September 16, 2014) — For health plans, staying on top of The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) Part C and Part D regulatory reporting requirements can be a labor-intensive and time-consuming job. This job just got easier with the launch of the CodySoft® Investigations Module™.

“The challenge for many health plans is that they do not have the compliance tools needed to identify and address challenges before they are flagged by CMS for violations,” said Deb Mabari, MBA, chief executive officer of Tampa, Fla.-based Cody Consulting, which developed the proprietary suite of CodySoft software.

Developed specifically for health plan compliance departments, the CodySoft Investigations Module is the first and only full-cycle tool that allows health plans to properly investigate, remediate and report case outcomes of marketing violations, discrimination, fraud and a wide range of other compliance issues, to internal and external compliance organizations, including CMS.

“Compiling reports, such as those regarding agent oversight for both Part C and Part D plans, can take months to complete if you are tracking investigations manually or using a tool not designed specifically for the health plan environment,” said Mabari. “With the Investigations Module, you can generate these reports with the click of a button.”

By capturing an unprecedented amount of CMS data elements and other critical information, the Investigations Module improves visibility of the case management process and provides deep insight allowing for trend analysis. Easier identification of issues leads to faster resolution, which in turn enhances member satisfaction – a key factor in Medicare Advantage health plans being rated highly under CMS’ Five Star Quality Rating System.

“Improved Star Ratings can ultimately lead to incentives such as year-round enrollment, marketing privileges and payment bonuses,” said Mabari. “If your Star Ratings suffer, your plan will suffer.”

The Investigations Module is a part of Cody’s proprietary software, CodySoft, which is the only project management and compliance solution designed specifically for health plans. Additional modules include the Collateral Management Module™, the Risk Management Module™ and the Regulatory Analyzer™.

The launch of the Investigations Module has spurred significant growth for Cody Consulting, which works with health plans throughout the country to cut costs and increase efficiencies. The firm is particularly skilled with enhancing the marketing collateral management process and navigating federal- and state-dictated compliance issues.

About Cody Consulting: Cody Consulting works with government-funded and commercial health plans to maximize efficiencies throughout the organization. We help clients strategically integrate operations by streamlining marketing communications; improving regulatory compliance; assisting with Business Process Outsourcing; and offering organizational design/executive search assistance. Our proprietary suite of software, CodySoft®, is specifically designed for health plans. www.codyconsulting.com

September 17, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Tatum Survey of Business Conditions Reveals Impacts of Affordable Care Act on CFO Business Strategies

Executive Survey Finds that Companies Report Increased Spending, but Minimal Workforce Changes as a Result of ACA Implications

ATLANTA, July 23, 2014 – Tatum, a leading professional and interim services firm offering hands-on strategic, financial and technology solutions that measurably improve business performance, today announced the results of its Survey of Business Conditions, based on the opinions of financial executives spanning a variety of industries and geographic locations.

Through its Survey of Business Conditions, Tatum CFO partners reflect monthly on 30-day business trends and projected business conditions for next 60 days. These responses are reflected in the Tatum Survey of Business Conditions, which shows little upward momentum going into the third quarter in terms of capital expenditure commitments and hiring.

This month’s survey also provided insights into the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on business costs and staffing models. The findings reveal some interesting statistics about how CFOs are contending with ACA implementation. Although this legislation has led to increased healthcare benefit costs, the survey found that the widely held belief that ACA would be an across-the-board headcount game changer did not hold true. When asked if the ACA has altered their company’s staffing model and approach to headcount management, only 18 percent of CFOs responded that their companies have done so as a direct result of ACA implementation. The majority, 65 percent of respondents, state that they have not altered their approach at this time.

The survey also asked participants to qualify the increase in healthcare benefit costs for their companies. Overall, less than half of all respondents (43 percent) reported that employee out-of-pocket expenses are up, and just one-third (33 percent) said employee contribution percentages are increasing. Additionally, respondents were asked about their overall healthcare cost management strategies (such as self-insured, insured, combination of self-insured and insured, use of exchanges, etc.), how they would describe them today and where they expect to be in three years after they’ve had more time to adapt to the new healthcare regulatory landscape. The responses show that insured arrangements are the most prevalent, with exchanges being the least utilized; with a sizeable shift anticipated with insured arrangements dropping and use of exchanges increasing.

“The Survey of Business Conditions gives us an unprecedented glimpse into the minds of senior finance leaders to see how market conditions impact their companies and their strategies for the future,” said Suzanne Donner, Managing Partner, Knowledge Management for Tatum. “The results from our latest survey may be surprising to some, showing that the vast majority of companies are not adjusting their staffing models in light of ACA implementation.“

“Healthcare is our largest industry practice,” Donner continued. “We see a rapidly-evolving landscape for our provider, payer and supplier clients – each of which is wrestling with their own issues and concerns – looking for new ways to collaborate, to organize and to be cost-effective that will work for them in their markets. We believe employers are correct to be cautiously evaluating their options while this all plays out.”

In addition to sharing insight into future business outlook and staffing practices, Tatum’s Survey of Business Conditions also serves as a way for the company to give back to the community. For each survey completed by respondents, Tatum also makes a contribution to Junior Achievement, the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

Tatum has made its Survey of Business Conditions, Second Quarter 2014 available for download at:

http://www.tatum-us.com/documents/SecondQuarterTatum_SoBCDetailReport.pdf

About Tatum

Tatum is a leading professional and interim services firm offering hands-on strategic, financial and technology solutions that measurably improve business performance. Tatum’s executive leaders and consultants help companies navigate critical points in the business lifecycle and execute their strategic initiatives. Our deep management and operational expertise, keen strategic consultancy and a focus on follow-through enable our teams to deliver solutions that drive sustainable impact. With a national footprint of offices in key markets, our firm is ready to mobilize locally anywhere in the country. Tatum is an operating company of Randstad US.

About the Tatum Survey of Business Conditions

The Tatum Survey has been keeping a finger on the pulse of the U.S. economy for over twelve years. Each month, Tatum conducts a survey of its executive and consulting professionals nationwide to gain insight on the business climate. The survey examines key indicators such as hiring and capital expenditures, looking at both the past 30 days and expectations for the upcoming 60 days. The survey captures the observations and opinions of CFOs, Controllers and CIOs in a broad base of industries and companies of all sizes. For additional details, please visithttp://www.tatum-us.com/knowledge-center/thought-leadership/survey-of-business-conditions/.

July 24, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Napier Healthcare Names Sahel Mattar as Vice President of Global Consulting and Services

Singapore, June 24, 2014 – Napier Healthcare, a leading healthcare technology and services provider, today announced the appointment of Sahel Mattar as Vice President of Global Consulting and Services. In his capacity, Sahel will be responsible for strategy, consultation, professional services, and implementation of Napier’s Healthcare Information Technology solutions to healthcare providers around the world.

Sahel brings more than 20 years of Information Technology (IT) and healthcare experience to his new role. Before joining Napier, he has held senior management positions in various companies including Ariba, Cap Gemini, HCL AXON, Misys, SAP Asia and Sun Microsystems.

“It is a privilege to join Napier Healthcare, an innovative company that brings together the best medical informatics professionals with deep domain knowledge and experience in the healthcare industry,” said Sahel on his new appointment. “Today is a turbulent time for the healthcare landscape as major shifts are evolving across the globe. As a team, we are committed to help providers transform their business with innovative care delivery models to achieve the highest quality care possible at the lowest possible cost.”

Sahel has vast experience in implementing IT solutions including Health Information Systems (HIS) deployed across both public and private hospitals in Singapore. Prior to joining Napier Healthcare, Sahel was Head of SAP Services for HCL AXON where he was responsible for managing the SAP line of business and services delivery function.

“We are excited to have Sahel join the leadership team. Sahel will lead Napier’s strategic initiative to transform the Consulting arm as our business expands across the globe. His leadership and experience will help create value for customers and enable Napier’s customers to learn from best practices across hospitals worldwide,” said Tirupathi Karthik, CEO of Napier Healthcare.

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About Napier Healthcare

With Napier’s Healthcare solutions, hospitals can run their end-to-end operations with complete visibility and control over costs. The Mobility, Analytical and Home Care solutions offered by Napier are today powering innovative healthcare delivery models worldwide.

Established in 1996, Napier’s software and services have helped midsized, large private and public sector hospitals transform the way they capture clinical information, streamline workflow, reduce medical errors and provide analytical insights. Headquartered in Singapore with presence in USA, India and Middle East, Napier’s solutions are in line with the latest global healthcare trends and standards such as the United States Meaningful Use certification and ISO 9001:2008.

For more information, visit http://www.napierhealthcare.com/

June 25, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

CHIME Launches New Initiatives to Better Serve Needs of CIOs and the Industry

Initiatives improve educational services, provide partnership opportunities

ORLANDO, FL, February 23, 2014 - The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) announced several new initiatives today, intended to bolster its educational and information initiatives.

The new program and service offerings were announced by CHIME Board Chair Randy McCleese FCHIME, CHCIO, during the 2014 CHIME/HIMSS CIO Forum in Orlando, Fla., in conjunction with the HIMSS14 Annual Conference and Exhibition.

McCleese said the initiatives are a result of strategic vision efforts involving the CHIME Board and Russell P. Branzell FCHIME, CHCIO, CHIME’s President and CEO. “This process sparked a number of new initiatives that we believe will enhance the value and level of engagement for our members and CHIME Foundation Firm representatives,” he added.

The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based professional organization will mark several expansions in its education programs, he said.

“CHIME wants to be the go-to resource for CIO education, so that’s why we are delighted to announce several enhancements to our education offerings in 2014,” said McCleese, Vice President of IS and CIO at St. Claire Regional Medical Center, Morehead, Ky. The new offerings were developed in response to member surveys that indicated areas in which CHIME could broaden education efforts and increase understanding of how using IT can maximize healthcare delivery, he added.

CHIME announced educational partnerships with both the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) to offer two specialized programs based on CHIME’s popular Healthcare CIO Boot Camp.

CHIME is also bringing back its LEAD Forums as one-day regional programs focused around particular topics, as well as increasing the number of online educational opportunities.

To increase its ability to provide advisory services based on industry needs, CHIME plans to offer CIO Advisory Boards, with an initial emphasis on offering services to CHIME Foundation firm members. “The board will help guide the strategies and desired outcomes related to (firms’) products and services,” McCleese said.

Additionally, to advance CHIME’s position as the voice of the industry, and to leverage members’ extensive knowledge and experience in transforming healthcare, CHIME is developing the CHIME Speakers Bureau. The new service will help match qualified speakers with organizations that contact CHIME for speaking services.

CHIME is also planning to provide professional support and education to executives that work closely with CIOs and are shouldering increasingly heavy roles in healthcare organizations. “High-level educational and development opportunities for key members of the CIO’s executive team are seriously lacking,” McCleese said.

Its first efforts in this area will be to provide resources for chief security officers, to be followed by chief technology officers and chief application officers. “With hundreds of health data breaches being reported, and a shortage of security professionals with a background in healthcare, it has become increasing clear that this group could greatly benefit from the kind of opportunities that CHIME provides CIOs,” he said.

The CHIME Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and CHIME also will be acknowledging the role that the Foundation plays in advancing the mission of the organization and the state of the art in healthcare information technology, McCleese said.

About CHIME
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,400 CIO members and over 100 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit  www.cio-chime.org

February 23, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Medical Informatics Engineering Welcomes New Sales Director To Help Grow Enterprise Health Division

Fort Wayne, Ind. – January 15, 2014 – Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE), a web-based, health information technology solutions provider serving physicians, health systems and Fortune 500 organizations operating on-site employee health clinics, today announced the appointment of industry veteran, Scott Dunton, as National Sales Director for its Enterprise Health division. Dunton brings more than 17 years of operational, channel and sales experience in the technology industry, most notably at Underwriter’s Laboratory where he was a strong contributor in growing the market profile of the company’s occupational health software and solutions across the country.

In his new role at MIE, Dunton will be responsible for expanding the Enterprise Health footprint among Fortune 1000 companies throughout the U.S. and internationally.  Companies including Dow Chemical, Chevron, Concentra and others currently depend on Enterprise Health IT solutions for employee clinic operations. As a growing number of organizations embark on strategic initiatives to improve the health of their workforce and reduce healthcare costs, the need for technology solutions integrating clinical operations, occupational health programs and employee engagement tools continues to expand.

“I am very excited to be part of the Enterprise Health team because I have not seen a comparable enterprise-focused occupational health system on the market today. This is a huge opportunity, and I look forward to being part of something with strong potential for explosive growth,” said Dunton.  “The Enterprise Health solution includes a complete medical record system that communicates with employees, and connects to labs, medical devices and HR systems. Secure information is easy to access and easy to find, from nearly anywhere in the world, on any web-enabled device – including tablets like the iPad, smartphones and laptops.”

Dunton’s 17-year career includes strong sales experience within the technology industry, with a specific focus on software applications such as SaaS, virtualization, open source, electronic medical records, security solutions, and occupational health and medical management tools. In addition to his sales and technical background, Dunton brings expertise in product management and business development strategies.

Previously, Dunton served as the Regional Sales Manager for Underwriter Laboratory’s Workplace Health and Safety division. Prior to that, he was the National Sales Director at RECON Dynamics and also a National Sales Director for BNI Equities Corporation.

“Scott has a proven track record of success during all of his previous assignments. We believe that his deep understanding of the occupational health market and its business practices and needs will help grow our business and our product lines,” said Matt Hohman, Executive Vice President of Medical Informatics Engineering.

Dunton graduated with a Bachelor degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He currently resides part-time in San Jose, California and in Eagle, Idaho with his five daughters.

About Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE)

MIE offers a Minimally Invasive™ suite of HIT products that are easy to use, flexible and cost effective. Physicians in more than 2,500 clinics throughout the U.S., and corporate clients including Disney, Dow, Chevron, Xerox, Lilly, HCA, Humana and many others use MIE solutions in 19 countries around the world, in eight languages.

MIE also provides advanced solutions for electronic patient engagement through its NoMoreClipboard subsidiary. For more information, visit http://www.mieweb.com.

January 15, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Edward Marx Named CHIME-HIMSS 2013 John E. Gall, Jr. CIO of the Year

ANN ARBOR, MI and CHICAGO (January 13, 2013) – Edward W. Marx FCHIME, FHIMSS has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award. Marx is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Texas Health Resources in Arlington, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. He will receive the award at the Annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition in Orlando on February 25, 2014.

The award, sponsored by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and HIMSS, recognizes healthcare IT executives who have made significant contributions to their organization and demonstrated innovative leadership through effective use of technology. The boards of directors for both organizations annually select the recipient of the award, which is named in honor of the late John E. Gall Jr., who pioneered implementation of the first fully integrated medical information system in the world at California’s El Camino Hospital in the 1960s.

“This prestigious award is the greatest professional honor I have received. My world is rocked!” said Marx.  “While I am humbled and grateful, this recognition is a collective reflection of Texas Health employees and clinicians, my team, and the unconditional support from my wife Julie.”

Marx’s distinguished career in the healthcare industry spans 24 years, 16 of which have been spent as CIO. Concurrent with his career in healthcare, he served 15 years in the Army Reserve, first as a Combat Medic and then as a Combat Engineer Officer.

Marx has been leading Texas Health’s Innovative Technology Services professionals in developing and implementing strategies to enhance the patient and provider experience through the application of IT since2007. Prior to joining Texas Health, Marx was CIO of University Hospitals Health System of Cleveland. He previously served in a variety of IT leadership roles with health care organizations such as HCA (Tennessee),Parkview Episcopal Medical Center (Colorado) and Poudre Valley Health System (Colorado).

“It is with great pleasure that we are able to recognize Ed with the industry’s highest honor. His renowned career as a healthcare CIO and his record of progressive IT utilization will be valued far into the future,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell FCHIME, CHCIO.  “Ed’s unique leadership style and approach to IT management; combined with his commitment to supporting the value of healthcare IT and promoting its effectiveness as a strategic asset, make him a worthy recipient of this prestigious award.  He is an extraordinarily talented and innovative CIO, and we are thankful for his many contributions.”

Marx has been a CHIME member since 2004 and a member of HIMSS since 1995. He became a HIMSS fellow in 1999 and a CHIME fellow in 2012. Marx has served in volunteer leadership positions for HIMSS at both the chapter and national levels. A popular communicator and educator, Marx is a faculty member of the CHIME Healthcare CIO Boot Camp, as well as a frequent conference speaker for both organizations, blogger, and social media enthusiast. Marx has served as the Texas CIO Coordinator for CHIME StateNet since its inception in 2009 and in 2012 was awarded the organization’s annual State Advocacy Award for his commitment to the growth and success of state-wide initiatives to further the advancement of health information exchange and health IT adoption in his home state of Texas. Marx is also the Governor-appointed Chairman of the Texas Health Services Authority, a role he has served since 2010.

Under his leadership, Texas Health Resources received the 2013 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award, which recognizes the use of health IT and the electronic health record to improve the health care delivery processes and patient safety, and achieve a demonstrated return on investment.  In addition, the 14 hospitals in the Texas Health system are either at Stage 6 or Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model℠. Marx serves as reviewer for the conference education sessions and HIMSS Analytics on-site reviewer for verification of Stage 7 hospitals. And he continues to provide his expertise to others as a HIMSS Executive e-Mentor.

“As a HIMSS fellow and health IT leader throughout his career, Ed’s contributions to HIMSS are noteworthy because he has given back to so many people and in so many different ways. All of us at HIMSS congratulate him on his accomplishments and earning this award,” said Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS.

Branded as one of the top 10 disruptive forces in healthcare, Marx has been nationally recognized by bothCIO and Computerworld magazine as one of the “Top 100 Leaders” and the Dallas Business Journal’s“Newcomer of the Year.” Additionally, Marx’s organizations have earned Computerworld’s “100 Best Places to Work,” AHA/Health Forum’s “Most Wired” list, HealthLeaders’ “Marketing Awards,” andInformationWeek’s “Top 500.”

Marx’s academic background includes a BS in psychology and an MS in consumer sciences (business) from Colorado State University.

“We are very proud of Ed for receiving this significant national recognition,” said Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE, CEO of Texas Health Resources. “Ed and his skilled team of information technology professionals are absolutely critical in helping our system serve North Texans’ health care needs.”

Tickets for the HIMSS14 Awards Banquet are available. Visit the HIMSS14 registration page or call866.229.2386 for more information.

About CHIME

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,400 CIO members and over 95 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.cio-chime.org.

About HIMSS
HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT).  HIMSS leads global efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology. Visit www.himss.org.

HIMSS is a part of HIMSS WorldWide, a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS WorldWide encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause.  HIMSS WorldWide, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

January 14, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

CHIME Applauds Federal Action to Consistently and Accurately Match Patients with their Data

Foundational work will improve interoperability, save lives according to healthcare CIOs

ANN ARBOR, MI, September 11, 2013 – The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) applauds the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) as it undertakes an effort to identify challenges and opportunities associated with patient data-matching.  This effort will lead directly to saved lives, improved population health and lower costs, says the nation’s healthcare CIOs.

“Patient data-matching is a foundational component to the exchange of electronic health information – which, in turn, is a critical component for improved care coordination and quality improvement,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell.  “Despite years of development, no clear strategy has emerged to accurately and consistently match patient data.  As we advance interoperability and health information exchange, we are delighted to see ONC take action to ensure the right data is matched with the right patient.  This is a necessary, concrete step to bolster patient safety.”

As health information moves from setting to setting and organization to organization, matching patient data accurately becomes more complex and the potential for misidentification increases.  The federal government has mandated such health information exchange through the EHR Incentive Program, but has not provided such guidance on how organizations ought to approach patient data-matching.

Beginning this fall, ONC will begin an environmental scan of activities looking to identify key concerns associated with mismatches by understanding technology applications and process workflows.  They will be looking at past literature on patient data-matching, Health IT Policy Committee recommendations, and interviewing stakeholders currently engaged with patient data-matching, including:

  • ·         health systems/providers;
  • ·         health information organizations;
  • ·         EHR developers; and
  • ·         HIE solution vendors.

These efforts complement activities currently underway through CHIME StateNet.  Convened in May, StateNet’s Patient Data-Matching Workgroup has constructed a charter document to “take a leadership role in establishing a patient matching policy/strategy that is adopted by federal officials, state policymakers and other relevant audiences, such as the vendor community.”  The workgroup will identify technologies, implementation practices and data integrity mechanisms (e.g. data entry, versioning, etc.) that will ensure the most efficient, scalable and robust mitigation of patient data-matching errors.

“False negative and false positive error rates are unacceptably high, despite new generations of algorithms and biometric technologies,” said Patient Data-Matching Workgroup Chair Ralph Johnson, CIO at Franklin Community Health Network in Farmington, Maine.  “Unintended injury or illness attributable to patient data-matching error is a considerable, and growing, problem in this era of health information exchange.  National leadership and consistent standards in this area will set a floor for safe patient matching that will, in turn, help focus industry activity towards improved patient data-matching.”

Using the StateNet platform, volunteers consisting of individuals with expertise in developing and implementing consensus standards will agree on a roadmap detailing how organizations could adopt recognized standards and guidelines that would be deemed acceptable for assuring accurate patient data-matching.

“Through the StateNet network, CIOs and other health IT stakeholders have a unique opportunity to provide insight and much needed guidance to policymakers on best-practices and strategies to accurately match patient-data in an era of increasing health information exchange,” said Branzell.  “We look forward to results from the work ONC is planning and we hope the synergies of their work and ours can solve the dangerous and costly problem of accurately matching patients with their health data.”

About CHIME
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,400 CIO members and over 95 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.cio-chime.org.

September 11, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

CHIME Comments on Mostashari’s Departure

“Through Dr. Farzad Mostashari’s leadership, we saw the Office of the National Coordinator lead our nation’s providers through the first gates of measured, meaningful use of electronic health records, and address in reality those initial standards that make our health information portable across the U.S. healthcare system.

“Any CIO will tell you that implementing technology in the face of cultural resistance and process redesign is a monumental challenge.  ONC’s task was to help guide such implementations in over 5,000 hospital settings and with nearly 400,000 physicians and clinicians.  Today’s health delivery system is fundamentally different than it was five years ago when HITECH was passed, but it’s not because Congress simply passed a law.  It’s because ONC and CMS, in partnership with the private sector, designed an implementation strategy that tried to align various stakeholders and make the spirit of HITECH a reality.

“CHIME appreciates the partnership forged under Dr. Mostashari’s tenure and his commitment in furthering the development of widespread health IT adoption. We wish him continued success in his future endeavors.”

Russell P. Branzell
President & CEO
CHIME

George T. Hickman
CHIME Board Chair
Executive VP & CIO
Albany Medical Center

August 6, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.