On August 6, 2014, CMS issued the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility (IPF) Medicare Prospective Payment System (PPS) Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Final Rule. In addition to adjusting rates and addressing ICD-10 implementation, the Final rule also included changes to the IPF Quality Reporting (IPFQR) Program. The IPFQR applies to both inpatient psychiatric hospitals and psychiatric units within acute care and critical access hospitals. Read further >
Just like parties to commercial transactions today, merchants in Europe in the Middle Ages knew that time is money. Waiting on courts and legislative entities was a money-losing option, so they created their own means to settle disputes – the lex mercatoria (see articles in Wikipedia and Trans-Lex.org for an overview). The lex mercatoria, Latin for “commercial law,” took into account best commercial practices and existing laws of the jurisdiction where disputes arose. Some commercial best practices were later codified into national legal systems. Others were recognized in judicial opinions. Other customs remained, simply, customs. Read further >
The Research on Search
There are many problems facing enterprise search applications today. The main ones being poor recall, relevant results, and the lack of insightful information provided back to the user. I recently did some research on this topic and I would like to share my discoveries. The research focuses specifically on the long tail and how you can use it to improve your applications or products.
Perhaps the most important reason I love summer is it always seems there is so much more time. Time for vacations and to read – to follow every little curiosity and association. Read further >
To start a blog post with such a phrase in order to introduce the finalization of a 4-year project might sound a bit pathetic. Still I think that LOD2 has opened a new door for Wolters Kluwer and for the industry as a whole to better cope with the fundamental transformation process we already face and will be facing in the coming years.
Expanding the use of telemedicine under Medicare is the goal of a recently proposed piece of bi-partisan legislation. The bill, known as the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2014, is designed to create more parity between telemedicine and traditional in-person care. U.S. Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Gregg Harper (R-MS) introduced the bill. In reference to their motivation, Thompson said, “By expanding telehealth services, we can make sure the best care and the best treatments are available to all Americans, no matter where they live.” Read further >
Three years ago on this blog, I commented on the importance of design in alerting systems, citing a study that indicated that the most important factor in alert acceptance was the quality of the display of the alert. This factor had an odds ration of 4.75, far outweighing the level of the alert (high, moderate or low risk), which had an odds ratio of 1.74. Read further >
Legal knowledge management (KM) has been through many phases with mixed success. It goes through phases of being fully funded but later subject to budget cuts. Read further >
One of my recent posts received various comments on the blog, and also sparked some animated discussions with my colleagues and friends about the fact that intellectual workers like lawyers will be replaced by robots quite soon. Someone tried to guess how many years will it takes, while others believe that this will never happen. Read further >