The Future of Healthcare


There is a reason why US healthcare has become the focal point of most political campaigns across the nation, it’s a mess. We have eaten through our federal reserve with military operations that have brought us to the brink of a financial meltdown. Our current budgeted estimate of healthcare spending is close to $2.8 trillion with an annual growth rate of 5.7%. This means that the figure will rise to $4.8 trillion by 2021. Yes, our current healthcare spending profile could indefinitely lead us towards bankruptcy. (fig. Reuters)

Our current government may be frantically trying to salvage the situation, but it is interesting to point out that while we might be spending the most; our average life expectancy is lower than most underdeveloped nations. Ranked at 34th on infant mortality and 50th on life expectancy worldwide, our average health expenditure per person is $5,746 a year. With nearly 98000 deaths being reported each year due to negligence and malpractice, our system is not only inefficient but ineffective.

We stand at the precipice and we must succeed with our current reforms to establish a base for an efficient, affordable and effective healthcare system. With reforms such as the Affordable Care Act resting on hinges in lieu of the Supreme Court ruling later this month, this may be the most crucial phase of a possible recovery yet. While I may have my reservations regarding Obama Care, it could definitely prove to become a lever for change. If President Obama’s reform does take effect, it will provide coverage to more than 30 million uninsured Americans.

I personally believe that the future is dependent on the progression of Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) and the abolition of the fee-for-service method, the root cause. The fee-for-service (FFS) compensation enforces the culture of working more and charging more. Hence, physicians have often been blamed for creating their own volume of work. The government identifies the FFS as the main perpetrator in the increased level of medical costs, which are most likely to augment irrespective of evidence based documentation.

This is one of the key reasons that EMR adoption carries importance. The concept of ACOs is to make way for clinical integration and connected care. With the use of interoperable EMR solutions and HIEs, we can create a more efficient and effective care system that will promote evidence based practice and performance based compensation. Quality healthcare should be the right of every US citizen and whether this will happen during our lifetime remains to be seen.

 

CureMD Healthcare Weekly Webinar – Meaningful Use & ePrescribing with CureMD


Starts: Thursday September 30, 2010, 03:30PM EDT
Ends: Thursday September 30, 2010, 04:00PM EDT
Website: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/144638353
Industry: hospital & health care
Keywords: CureMD, EHR, EMR, Healthcare, Obama EHR stimulus package, Stimulus electronic medical records incentives, ARRA, Medicare advantage claims, Electronic Health Record, Electronic Medical Record, HealthCare IT, Medicare, Medicare stimulus, EHR Meaningful Use
Intended For: Hospital Administrator, Medical Professionals, Healthcare Professionals, Healthcare Financial Management Professionals, Managed Care Executives,Office Manager, Accountants, Clinical Analysts, Physicians, EHR Buyers
Organization: CureMD Healthcare

Check out CureMD Free Weekly Webinar Schedule @ http://www.curemd.com/Webinar.asp

Presented by Matt Anderson, CureMD.

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CureMD Webinar Sep 2nd Going Non-Par is not a solution for success


Going Non-Par is not a solution for success

It may seem like a good idea to drop plans and go non-par. Find out why this is a bad decision, and how it can negatively affect your practice.

Presenter: Robert Goff
Date: Thursday September 2, 2010
Time: 3:30 – 4:00 PM EDT
Duration: 30 Minutes

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/182745177

Check out the list of our upcoming Webinars

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Exclusive Webinar by Transworld Systems on Profit Recovery & Collection Solutions


Profit Recovery & Collection Solutions

Are you finding it hard to collect dues from non-responsive patients? Sometimes all the patient needs is a timely reminder. Transworld, the leading collection agency in the US would like to show you how their automated system can help.

Presenter: Steven Wener / Eric Knight – Transworld Systems
Date: Thursday August 26, 2010
Time: 3:30 – 4:00 PM EDT
Duration: 30 Minutes

Space is Limited

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https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/678534441Check out the list of our upcoming Webinars

 

CureMD Healthcare Weekly Webinar – Money in Escheatment – Thursday August 5th 3:30PM EDT


Starts: Thursday August 05, 2010, 03:30PM EDT
Ends: Thursday August 05, 2010, 04:00PM EDT
Event Type: Training/Seminar
Website: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/196811624
Industry: hospital & health care
Keywords: CureMD, EHR, EMR, Healthcare, Obama EHR stimulus package, Stimulus electronic medical records incentives, Medicare advantage claims, Electronic Health Record, Electronic Medical Record, HealthCare IT, Medicare, Medicare stimulus, meaningful use of EHR
Intended For: Hospital Administrator, Medical Professionals, Healthcare Professionals, Healthcare Financial Management Professionals, Managed Care Executives,Office Manager, Accountants, Clinical Analysts, Physicians, EHR Buyers
Organization: CureMD Healthcare

You will never experience a quicker lesson than this in finding money.

Presented by Robert Goff, Executive Director and CEO of University Physicians Network(UPN).

Check out CureMD Free Weekly Webinar Schedule @ http://www.curemd.com/Webinar.htm

 

CureMD Healthcare webinar – How To Cash In Meaningful Use – Thursday July 29th 3:30PM EDT


Starts: Thursday July 29, 2010, 03:30PM EDT
Ends: Thursday July 29, 2010, 04:00PM EDT
Event Type: Training/Seminar
Location: This is a virtual event.
Website: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/893967288
Industry: hospital & health care
Keywords: CureMD, EHR, EMR, Healthcare, Obama EHR stimulus package, Stimulus electronic medical records incentives, Medicare advantage claims, Electronic Health Record, Electronic Medical Record, HealthCare IT, Medicare, Medicare stimulus, meaningful use of EHR
Intended For: Hospital Administrator, Medical Professionals, Healthcare Professionals, Healthcare Financial Management Professionals, Managed Care Executives,Office Manager, Accountants, Clinical Analysts, Physicians, EHR Buyers
Organization: CureMD Healthcare

The final regulations were published July 16th, 2010 and it is time to take advantage of the government incentives for using EMR. If you are not ready to fully participate, join us next Thursday July 29th at 3:30 PM and learn how you can cash in. We will review the new final regulations as well as the incentive payments for E-Prescribing and PQRI. Let this program show you the simple way to $44,000 per eligible provider plus 4% added to your Medicare payments starting in 2011.

The program is brought to you by CureMD and presented by Fred Melroy, Senior Director of Contracting for NYULMC and UPN(University Physicians Network).

Check out CureMD Complimentary Weekly Webinar Schedule @ http://www.curemd.com/Webinar.htm

 

CureMD Healthcare Weekly Webinar – Don’t Be Paralyzed, Analyze


Starts: Thursday July 22, 2010, 03:30PM EDT
Ends: Thursday July 22, 2010, 04:00PM EDT
Event Type: Training/Seminar
Location: This is a virtual event.
Website: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/544732137
Industry: hospital & health care
Keywords: CureMD, EHR, EMR, Healthcare, Obama EHR stimulus package, Stimulus electronic medical records incentives, Medicare advantage claims, Electronic Health Record, Electronic Medical Record, HealthCare IT, Medicare, Medicare stimulus, meaningful use of EHR
Intended For: Hospital Administrator, Medical Professionals, Healthcare Professionals, Healthcare Financial Management Professionals, Managed Care Executives,Office Manager, Accountants, Clinical Analysts, Physicians, EHR Buyers
Organization: CureMD Healthcare

It is a challenge to completely understand your practice’s revenue sources and streams. Find out how to analyze your revenue, so you can make more informed decisions about your practice.

Check out CureMD Free Weekly Webinar Schedule @ http://www.curemd.com/Webinar.htm

If you don’t understand your practice’s revenues sources and streams, how can you make decisions?

Presented by Robert Goff, Executive Director and CEO of University Physicians Network(UPN).

Want to get a clear sense on Health Care Reform Bill?

Want to know how you could benefit from stimulus medicare incentives, especially Medicare EMR incentives?

Want to know how to be qualified as a meaningful user of a Certified EHR to receive the ARRA EHR stimulus?

Want to know the EMR Stimulus Payment schedule?

Want to know how will the new health insurance law affect your practice?

Want to know how new regulations impact health care pros?

Want to know more on local medicare advantage plans besides Obama EHR stimulus package?

Want to know where to bill medicare advantage claims?

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