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Medical Managers, Mark Your Calendars! Plan for Important Health Care Dates in 2013 Now!

With the first full workweek of the new year upon us, it’s a great time to take a look ahead at some of the big dates in 2013. For medical managers, this is the perfect time to look at key dates for the year. If you have a favorite wall or desk calendar (or just received one as a gift over the holidays) you can take note of the federal/bank holidays, and determine how they will affect your schedule, then add any of the healthcare-specific observances. Let’s look at the 2013 government holidays first.Calendar

Federal Holidays

There are no surprises here of course, with ten familiar dates that your office may or may not observe. Your office may not observe it, but schools and daycares might – which may impact your schedule. The beginning of the year is also a great time to review your policy on opening and closing these days, as well as reminding your staff about policies to request time off and calling in sick.

via United States Office of Personnel Management


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Natural Language Processing, First Steps Towards Telehealth, and a Single App to Read any EHR in another edition of Manage My Practice’s 2.0 Tuesday!

As managers, providers and employees, we always have to be looking ahead at how the technology on our horizon will affect how our organizations administer health care. In the spirit of looking forward to the future, we present “2.0 Tuesday”, a  feature on Manage My Practice about how technology is impacting our practices, and our patient and population outcomes.

We hope you enjoy looking ahead with us, and share your ideas, reactions and comments below!

  • Natural Language Processing Advances Allow for Improved Insight into Public Health

Writing for KevinMD, Jaan Sidorov, author of the Disease Management Care Blog highlights several examples of how Natural Language Processing- the idea of teaching computer programs to understand the relationship between words in human speech (teaching them to not just hear us, but understand us- like Watson understood the clues on Jeopardy) is being be applied to the Electronic Health Record to predict and prepare for public health trends, as well as to correct mistakes present in the electronic record due to human error. Recent developments like the CDC’s Biosense program allow public health officials at local, state and federal levels to monitor big picture trends in public health by the words and diagnoses reported in medical documentation- keeping an ear on health trends, by “listening” to data about reported health incidents.

  • 10 Best Practices for Implementing Telemedicine in Hospitals

Sabrina Rodak at Becker Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management has put together a fantastic list of the steps and assessments involved in implementing a telemedicine program in a hospital setting. Although written with Orthopods in mind, the questions that need to be answered, and the steps that need to be taken to develop a strong, lasting program are similar across many different programs and specialties. With so much excitement in the field, it is very nice to see someone talk about the process of taking these technologies from drawing board excitement to nuts-and-bolts execution.

(via FierceHealthIT)

  • San Diego Health System Seeks to Develop Single App to Access Any EMR

Presenting at a Toronto Mobile Healthcare Summit Last Week, Dr. Benjamin Kanter, CIO of Palomar Pomerado Health presented the two-hospital system’s plans to develop their own native mobile application to view as many different Electronic Medical Records as possible from a single mobile interface. In other words, this fairly small health system, who has only devoted three employees to the project, is taking on one of the biggest, and toughest challenges in HIT by simply saying “We can do it ourselves!”, and from some of the reactions from the conference attendees who saw the presentation, they are off to quite a strong start. The first version of the program should launch for Android in March, and the system already has a deal in place with vendor Cerner to access their systems. Stay tuned!

(via ITWorldCanada)


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Steve Jobs, Social Media and iPad enabled voting: Welcome to 2.0 Tuesday! A look at what’s next in technology and healthcare.

At Manage My Practice, we have always been fascinated by the opportunities created when innovation and technical advancements are applied to the Healthcare system. The intersection of technology and medical practice has always been one of the most exciting spaces in research and development because the challenges of the Human Body are some of the most daunting and emotionally charged of our endeavors. Curing diseases, diagnosing symptoms and improving and saving lives are among our most noble callings, so naturally they inspire some of our brightest thinkers and industry leaders.

As managers, providers and employees, we always have to be looking ahead at how the technology on our horizon will affect how our organizations administer health care. In the spirit of looking forward to the future, we present “2.0 Tuesday”, a weekly feature on Manage My Practice about how technology is impacting our practices, and our patient and group outcomes.

We hope you enjoy looking ahead with us, and share your ideas, reactions and comments below!

  • Steve Jobs thought iCloud had the potential to store Medical Data

Apple’s recently announced iCloud service let’s you store pictures, movies, music, and documents in Apple’s “cloud”, or Internet storage system, and retrieve them with your iPhones, iPods, iPads, and Mac computers. Dr. Iltifat Husain, writing for the IMedicalApps blog notes that in the new biography of the Apple founder, Jobs mentioned that he thought even personal medical data would one day be stored in Apple’s iCloud. Cloud storage is all the rage right now in a lot of different areas of technology, but Jobs saying that medical data would be stored on the consumer end next to vacation photos and favorite songs represents a very bold vision of the future of patient data.

  • Researchers using Social Media to study attitudes about Public Health

A team led by Marcel Salathé, PhD at Pennsylvania State University published a study last month in PLoS Computational Biology that used “tweets” gathered from the social network Twitter to analyze how the public felt about the H1N1 influenza vaccine in 2009. Although Social Media research has limitations, Christine S. Moyer, writing for the American Medical Association’s notes that the results were similar to traditional phone surveys conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, and provides some other examples of how Social Media has been used to understand public health trends.

  • Interesting EHR/EMR data from the Soliant Health Blog

Medical staffing specialist Soliant Health had very eye-opening list of statistics about EHR/EMR implementations on their blog last week. My personal favorite: Hospitals using EHR/EMR systems have a 3 to 4% lower mortality rate than those that don’t. Very interesting numbers.

  • HealthWorks Collective predicts changes in healthcare communications after ACA

Healthworks Collective‘s Susan Gosselin makes some predictions about how the communications between and among providers and patients are going to be changed by the Affordable Care Act (or Healthcare Reform)- and what both groups will demand from a changing system. Great stuff!

  • Oregon to help disabled voters cast ballots using iPads

In today’s local and congressional elections, five counties in the state of Oregon are going to be equipping local officials with iPads preloaded with special touch-interface software to accompany people with physical or visual impairments, or who would otherwise have a hard time making it to the polls. The 9 to 5 Mac blog is reporting that the pilot program features hardware donated by Apple, and could soon spread statewide by the next election.

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Online Healthcare Administration Programs


Ohio University: Degree offered: Master in Health Administration

Sampling of classes offered: This two-year graduate degree is structured in eight “modules,” where a module is made up of two or so classes that cover a certain topic, like financial dimensions of healthcare leadership or healthcare law and ethics. Each module takes 10 weeks to finish.

Why it’s a cut above the rest: While Ohio University is an accredited, notable brick and mortar college, the program still offers the flexibility that online degrees are known for; students can apply and enter the program at four different points during the year. The program is also very affordable: total tuition is around $24,000 for the degree, for both in state and out of state students.

Northeastern University: Degree offered: Bachelor of Science in Health Management

Sampling of classes offered: Students in this online bachelor’s program take the general courses that come with any foundational degree, like English and mathematics, along with their healthcare coursework. The specialized major courses cover subjects like healthcare delivery systems, health regulations, and public health.

Why it’s a cut above the rest: There aren’t many bachelor’s degrees in health administration offered completely online by an accredited college, and thus, Northeastern’s degree stands out; the school has regional accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, a recognized accrediting body. Students who already have an associate’s degree have the option of transferring and finishing this bachelor’s in only 18 months. If you need to complete the entire four-year degree, it’s incredibly cost-effective, at just under $51,000 for the entire tuition.

Des Moines University: Degree Offered: Master of Health Care Administration

Sampling of classes offered: This degree is arranged into four “blocks,” with each block containing a series of related courses. Students learn an overview of the U.S. healthcare system, financial management in healthcare, healthcare decision making, and more. 

Why it’s a cut above the rest: The Des Moines program is completely online, and students don’t have to worry about traveling for days or weeks of seminars during the year, like in some hybrid programs. All students must complete an administration internship in their local community, meaning you’ll leave your degree program with valuable, hands-on experience that can help you land a job.

Central Michigan University: Degree offered: Doctor of Health Administration

Sampling of classes offered: Students entering this doctoral program must already possess a master’s degree in a topic relevant to healthcare administration; the degree is aimed at upper-level health professionals, and takes 3-5 years to complete. The degree is module based, with eight modules covering 15 courses, in topics like quantitative analysis in healthcare and healthcare economics. Students are also required to attend six 2 ½ day seminars throughout the program, that are offered at locations around the country. Like any doctoral degree, students must complete a dissertation and oral defense, based on their own novel research.

Why it’s a cut above the rest: You won’t have to worry that you’ll be earning a doctoral degree that’s somehow less rigorous because it’s online, since applicants must have a master’s or professional degree and 5 years of health-related work experience to be accepted. And get this: students may choose to take travel seminars in place of their regular seminars, to destinations like Switzerland, Czech Republic, and Belize.

University of Minnesota: Degree offered: Executive Master of Healthcare Administration

Sampling of classes offered: U of Minnesota’s degree program takes two years to complete, and combines short in-person seminars with mostly online learning. Every August and May students spend a few days in face-to-face classroom settings, covering topics like healthcare delivery and managing healthcare organizations. Online classes cover topics geared at current health professionals, like legal considerations in health services and healthcare strategies in competitive markets.

Why it’s a cut above the rest: The curriculum in this degree is based on the criteria for competent healthcare administration, as defined by the non-profit National Center for Healthcare Leadership, ensuring that you’re learning the most important concepts in the field. And, Minnesota’s MHA has been ranked #2 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, meaning you’ll be earning a recognized degree that can really open doors for your career.

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Very Cool Health Reform Timeline and Animated Video About September 23, 2010

The Center for Healthcare Transformation may not be my organization of choice, but they’ve put together an excellent timeline of the PPAC (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act), also called the ACA or Affordable Care Act.

The timeline shows what’s happening in regards to Medicare, Medicaid, public health, insurance, Indian health, taxes and government programs.  You can slide the timeline forward or backward and jump around in hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly, etc. increments.  It gives you a wonderful sense of the Big Picture.  It is also being constantly updated.

And, for a quick look at the ACA changes happening as of September 23, 2010, you can watch a short video that I made for the “? of the Day” tab above.  I thought this tab was getting just a bit boring, so I thought I would post short animations there that readers could share with staff or whomever for infotainment.  I posted the first video under the “? of the Day” tab and also here for your convenience. Jack Asks About Healthcare Reform by Mary Pat Whaley

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