IPF Quality Reporting: CMS Plunges Ahead Without NQF Endorsment

Law and Health Blog
Written by Law and Health Blog
on September 01, 2014

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 >

Is Lex Mercatoria a New Opportunity in Legal and Regulatory?

John Barker
Written by John Barker
on August 29, 2014

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 >

Improving Search with Long Tail

Steven Lindo
Written by Steven Lindo
on August 25, 2014

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.

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That’s one small step for…

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
on August 18, 2014

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.

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Bill Would Stretch Medicare Telemedicine to Physical Therapy, Bigger Populations

Law and Health Blog
Written by Law and Health Blog
on August 15, 2014

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 >

Electronic health record alerts: well-designed?

Howard Strasberg MD MS
Written by Howard Strasberg MD MS
on August 08, 2014

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 >

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