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South Jersey hospitals ramp up for pope's Philly visit
With the impending arrival of Pope Francis in Philadelphia, many South Jersey hospitals are working with planning officials to prepare for the huge crowds and expected logistical hurdles. For months, nearby hospitals have been plugged into the planning of this major event, which is nearly on par with the Super Bowl.
Elected officials move to block Omnia, citing fears about hospital closures
Concerns about whether New Jersey's largest insurer's move to tiered health plans will lead to hospital closures has led legislators and local officials to call on the state to block those plans.
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey recently announced the OMNIA Health Alliance and said it would soon offer plans in which patients would pay less to visit alliance providers and a select group of other providers known as "Tier 1."
Will this year's flu shot work better than last year's?
After the failure of last year's flu vaccine to guard against one of the major strains that unexpectedly appeared, federal health officials are hoping this season's shot will be much more effective. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the mix of strains in this year's new formula will include the troublemaker strain that was absent in last year's shot.
Survey shows providers are happier with older EHRs
By Scott E. Rupp
If there's one thing to rely on in healthcare, it's that there's always some new research or a survey to drive the national conversation. One of the most prolific research firms in the industry is Black Book Rankings, which publishes reports each year based on its research. One of the latest pieces of data from the sector is a new comprehensive "six-month user poll" the firm said it designed to determine the highest-ranked electronic health and medical record software systems for 2015.
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NJ hospitals excluded from Horizon's proposal worry about their future
Hours after the state's largest insurance company announced it was forging a partnership with 34 hospitals to "significantly transform how health care is financed and delivered in New Jersey," officials from St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, a small but renowned community hospital excluded from this new venture, said they were contemplating a grim future.
Better value in healthcare requires focusing on outcomes
Harvard Business Review
Implementing a value-based strategy is on the mind of nearly every healthcare organization in the U.S. It seems that every week, one or another announces a new "Center for Health Care Value" or "Center for Health Care Innovation." These organizations are accepting the fact that the volume-driven system is in its dying days, and that the future will demand that they deliver demonstrably better value: improved outcomes, lower costs or both.
Certified EHR technology use reaches 74 percent of physicians
New data published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology shows high levels of office-based physician EHR use of certified EHR technology and even greater EHR adoption numbers in 2014. The most recent ONC data brief puts the percentage of office-based physician CEHRT users at 74 percent as compared to 51 percent using a basic EHR and a total of 83 percent using any type of EHR technology.
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