National Kidney Month Focuses the Spotlight on Kidney Disease

March is National Kidney Month; its observation focuses attention on and helps raise awareness about chronic kidney disease (CKD), a condition that affects one in  every 10 adults (age 20 or older) in the United States, as well as a significant number of people who suffer from end-stage renal disease and need dialysis or a kidney transplant. Kidney disease develops when kidneys lose their ability to remove waste…

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Designers — healthcare needs you, stat! A call to arms.

The road to the technological futureworld we live in is littered with the corpses of technologies that have been replaced by newer, more efficient means. Fax machines, pagers, and increasingly the land line telephone are no longer in heavy use. However, while this is true for the greater American public, you can still find them…

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Hospital CEOs Rank Financial Challenges as Top Concern

According to a recent FierceHealth article, hospital executives’ top concern in 2014 was how to meet the financial challenges associated with running their businesses. These findings were reported from the results of an annual survey conducted by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

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Medicare Is Overhauling Its Payment System – Will You Be Prepared?

There is a fundamental and significant change coming in the manner in which Medicare will pay hospitals and doctors for their services. This new payment model will be based on quality of care as opposed to the older, volume-based methodology. According to an Associated Press story this week that was reported in USA Today, Modern Healthcare and other major news media, President Barack Obama has said he hopes this shift in the Medicare reimbursement model will be a catalyst for improving spending in the nation’s $3 trillion healthcare system. The administration also wants state Medicaid programs to join the payment-for-quality initiative.

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