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Before Rationing Healthcare, Let’s Ration Waste

NYT:  The Opinion PagesWaste, Fraud, Abuse, Death and Dying. Let’s Ration Healthcare Waste.

Contributing New York Times opinion writer Steven Rattner began a recent column titled Beyond Obamacare with a rather provocative statement.

“We NEED death panels,” he said.

In the same year that the New England Journal of Medicine cautioned against using the word “reform” because it is still inflammatory, Rattner was using the “D” word.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Future of Healthcare

Don’t Raid Medicare! Use Healthcare Automation to Cut Costs

Center for American ProgressAccording to the Associated Press, the Center For American Progress, a White House think tank, has recommended withdrawing an additional $385 billion from Medicare over the next 10 years to avoid cuts in Obamacare during the upcoming Congressional budget talks.

The Affordable Care Act already calls for a $716 billion transfer from Medicare to pay for the Act. If the think tank recommendation, which spares Medicaid and Obamacare from virtually any cuts, gets traction then a total of $1.1 trillion will be taken away from the Medicare system.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Future of Healthcare

Gratitude and Health: 6 Reasons TeleTracking Gives Thanks

TeleTracking Thanks You!Apparently, there’s nothing more uplifting for the human body and spirit than gratitude.

At least, according to Dr. Oz.

We at TeleTracking agree. In fact, gratitude is often a subject of discussion in company gatherings. And we have a lot to be thankful for:

1) We work for a company that makes a difference in people’s lives. That gives us a reason to take our jobs in healthcare automation and real-time capacity management very seriously, and a reason to keep striving to make our products better. We could be making “Twinkies.”

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Eliminate Waste From Healthcare: TeleTracking Vision for Future

Eliminating healthcare wasteTeleTracking rolled out a vision for the future at its 10th Annual Client Conference. The vision is to “eliminate waste from healthcare.”

Recognizing TeleTracking’s role in impacting some of the major contributors to waste, specifically around the inefficient delivery of care, it was the “How To” that got the clients in attendance excited.

Saying TeleTracking’s role is to “Protect Your Mission by Improving Your Margin” company president Michael Gallup announced in his opening remarks that TeleTracking intends to expand its operational platform to automate every non-clinical activity in hospitals and health systems, including ancillary and outpatient processes. » Continue reading

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Healthcare Reform: Delivering Best Care at Lower Cost

Healthcare Reform - GundermanWriting in the September 10th issue of The Atlantic, physician Richard Gunderman took issue with the Institute of Medicine for using the word “industry” to describe healthcare in its recent study on waste in the system, titled “Best Care at Lower Cost.”

His blog article, “The Fallacy of Treating Health Care as an Industry,” is a very real example of the complex challenges and multiple opinions of what it takes to deliver the best healthcare at the lowest cost in America. Dr. Gunderman challenges the IOM’s assertion that one third of U.S. annual healthcare spending — $750 billion – is “wasted.” He also disagrees with the study’s conclusion that much of this waste can be eliminated by adopting practices from other industries.

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Test Your Healthcare Acronym Acumen!

Healthcare AcronymsEveryone in healthcare knows it’s an alphabet soup of acronyms. But not everyone knows what those acronyms mean.

For example, it took almost as long to say “The Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations” as it would to get an annual check-up. So the acronym JCAHO evolved. Those in the know pronounced it “JAY-CO.” Those not in the know pronounced it “J-ca-hoe” or worse.

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To Improve Hospital Capacity, Build New or Automate?

Increase hospital capacityHow is it that, in the worst economy since the Great Depression, we’re experiencing one of the biggest hospital construction booms in history?

Why have the nation’s hospitals, which pledged to the White House they would save $200 billion over the next decade, borrowed $144 billion for new construction over the last four years and why are they planning to spend $200 billion over the next ten?

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Future of Healthcare, Real-Time Capacity Management

The Nurse as “Knowledge Worker” with Mobile Access for Patient Care

Mobile Access for NursesNearly three-quarters of nurses use smart phones on the job, according to a recent study by healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

The same study found that 66 percent of nursing students use smart phones in nursing school.

Recognizing the mobile trend early, TeleTracking has been offering hand-held PDAs for years so nurses can access its patient flow software from anywhere in the hospital. Now we offer apps for other mobile appliances.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Future of Healthcare, Patient Flow

The Brave New World of Healthcare & Future of Disease Prevention

Healthcare FutureIt’s increasingly evident that disease prevention takes more than jogging a few miles a week and cutting back on the pork rinds.

Yet prevention is what some large health insurers are literally banking on to save the U.S. healthcare system.

Healthcare futurist Clement Bezold recently sketched several possible scenarios for tomorrow’ s healthcare, the most likely being the Patient-Centered Medical Home, in which constantly updated electronic medical records promote more timely preventative care, and employer-sponsored health insurance shifts to health insurance exchanges where employees move to high deductibles and catastrophic coverage.

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