Healthcare News April 7, 2012

  • Obama touts healthcare law as part of outreach to women

    President Obama is making his healthcare reform law a centerpiece of his outreach to women voters ahead of November’s election.

    The president and his lieutenants repeatedly referred to provisions of the healthcare law during Friday’s White House Forum on Women and the Economy, hoping to draw a sharp distinction against the Republican presidential candidates who have all vowed to repeal the law. Obama commands far more support from women than Mitt Romney — he leads Romney by 18 percent among female voters in 12 key swing states, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll released this week — and the administration has kept up its attacks against a so-called “Republican war on women” since controversy over the law’s contraception mandate erupted in February.

    “Because of the health reform law that we passed, women finally have more power to make their choices about their healthcare,” Obama said Friday, highlighting the law’s ban on insurers charging women more than men and other consumer protections in the law.

  • MediQuant Selects ClearDATA for Secure Cloud Computing Hosting Services of Applications and Data Storage

    Phoenix, AZ, March 29, 2012 – – ClearDATA Networks, Inc., the leading healthcare cloud computing platform and service provider, today announced it has entered a strategic partnership with MediQuant, Inc., the leader in advanced data life cycle management solutions for healthcare organizations, to provide HIPAA-compliant, cloud-based application hosting and secure data storage for the MediQuant DataArk®, Interoperable Active Archiving; FirstComply™, Outpatient Medicare Compliance; and AccuRules™ Medical Necessity Rules Set software solutions.  

    “We are excited to partner with MediQuant to offer customers a cloud computing solution that meets both their technical and HIPAA compliance requirements,” said David Bean, executive vice president for ClearDATA Networks, Inc.  “With our combined expertise and resources, we are able to deliver the industry’s most secure and cost effective cloud computing and data storage solution for data life cycle management.”

    “The MediQuant and ClearDATA partnership provides a seamless technology solution for our customers,” said Tony Paparella, president of MediQuant. “DataArk on its own can save a customer up to eighty percent in legacy system costs. With ClearDATA hosting solutions, the value proposition can be even stronger.”

    About MediQuant

    MediQuant develops advanced data life cycle management solutions that reduce time, cut costs and increase revenue for a wide range of healthcare providers including large tertiary care facilities, community hospitals, Integrated Delivery Networks (IDN) and academic centers, among others. Extensive healthcare software development, past revenue cycle management, clinical services and data management expertise enables MediQuant to craft unique solutions to common problems encountered by chief financial and information officers, patient accounting and human resource directors as well as physician practice managers and clinicians. For more information, visit: www.mediquant.com.

    About ClearDATA Networks

    ClearDATA is the market leader for cloud computing and information security services for healthcare providers, software vendors and VARs.  ClearDATA’s services enable providers to fully automate and securely manage healthcare medical records, applications, IT infrastructure and digital storage. The company provides HITECH HIPAA-compliant cloud and hosting infrastructure and managed services, offsite backup and disaster recovery, medical image archiving, information security and world-class support. The company offers HIPAA Security Risk and Remediation services through its U.S. Healthcare Compliance division to the healthcare industry in order to ensure that they meet the rigorous standards of security required for protected health information to demonstrate Meaningful Use. For more information, call 602-635-4000, email: sales@cleardata.net or visit: www.cleardata.net.

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  • MedHOK Earns 2012 P4P Software Certification for 360Measures®

    TAMPA, Fla. – (April 3, 2012) – MedHOK, one of the healthcare industry’s fastest-growing software companies, announced today that it has achieved Pay for Performance (P4P) certification for 360Measures®, version 2.55. The software, which tested successfully on all Integrated Healthcare Association’s (IHA’s) California P4P measures, also holds full National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) 2012 Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) certification.

    A central component of MedHOK’s integrated care management, quality and compliance platform, 360Measures takes a cloud-based approach to ensuring quality improvement and compliance for health plans. Designed for all lines of business – Commercial, Medicare and Medicaid – 360Measures lets users continuously monitor and analyze P4P and HEDIS data, including calculation of all 63 measures in NCQA’s HEDIS certification program and all 15 measures in NCQA’s P4P certification program. In doing so, it facilitates improved clinical outcomes and care coordination while enhancing quality measures, compliance and financial performance.

    Dual certification positions MedHOK’s 360Measures as a comprehensive end-to-end solution for Star and Medicaid performance, quality improvement and provider performance and best practices. It enables MedHOK to work with its clients to build custom P4P and HEDIS performance improvement programs, which emphasize quality outcomes in return for enhanced reimbursement.

    “Achieving P4P Software Certification in addition to HEDIS Certification puts 360Measures in an elite group of software products capable of passing rigorous testing on a full array of measures. It is further evidence of our commitment to providing a truly comprehensive solution for improving care, quality and compliance,” said Anil Kottoor, president and CEO, MedHOK. “By enabling delivery of real-time information via our secure web portal, providers can quickly intervene and close care gaps, improving the well-being of plan members and driving improved quality scores that translate into financial bonuses for health plans and providers.”

    The California P4P program is the largest non-governmental physician incentive program in the United States. Founded in 2001, it is managed by the IHA on behalf of eight health plans representing 10 million insured persons. IHA is responsible for collecting data, deploying a common measure set and reporting results for approximately 35,000 physicians in 221 physician groups.

    An independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to measuring the quality of healthcare in America, NCQA is contracted by IHA to develop and maintain clinical measures and audit methodologies, aggregate all data across health plans, evaluate and audit Meaningful Use of Health IT domain Survey Tool responses and reports results to all parties. It also provides HEDIS as a set of standardized measures for reliably comparing the performance of managed healthcare organizations. More than 90 percent of health plans in America use HEDIS as a tool. By leveraging NCQA-certified Software, these health plans can save time and resources by forgoing the manual source code review portion of the HEDIS Compliance Audit and P4P Audit Review.

    About MedHOK

    Tampa, Fla.-based MedHOK has more than 18 million lives in production and expects to double that number in 2012, making it one of the healthcare industry’s fastest growing software companies. It offers a cloud-based integrated software platform for care management, quality and compliance that enables physicians, ACOs, PCMHs, payers and TPAs to manage and measure care against national quality standards for optimal outcomes. Its innovative modular software helps healthcare organizations meet quality, care and compliance objectives across business lines by facilitating real-time information sharing with all stakeholders to address disease management and care coordination, clinical quality and utilization review, and quality and financial measures. ICD-10 compliant, HIE-ready and securely accessible on any device, the MedHOK platform is user-friendly, rapidly deployed and easily configurable for a low total cost of ownership and rapid return on investment. The company’s 360Measures holds full 2012 HEDIS® and P4P certification.

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  • Clarence Thomas scolds colleagues for talking too much at oral arguments

    The Supreme Court justice defended his silence during last week’s arguments on the healthcare law, saying “somebody ought to listen.”

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