Healthcare News April 9, 2013

  • Honeywell HomMed Announces LifeStream Leaders Advantage Program To Help Providers Better Implement, Market Telehealth Programs

    BROOKFIELD, Wis. – April 1, 2013 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) HomMed, a global leader in telehealth and remote patient care, today announced its LifeStream Leaders Advantage Program, designed to support healthcare providers as they implement, market and grow their telehealth programs.
    With LifeStream Leaders Advantage, healthcare providers can tap into Honeywell HomMed’s network of marketing assets and clinical expertise – including educational opportunities, access to marketing funds and vertical marketing kits – to ensure they have the right tools in place to successfully communicate the benefits of their telehealth programs to patients and referral sources, such as physicians and hospitals.
    “Giving our customers the support they need to make their telehealth programs successful benefits everyone across the care continuum – from providers to physicians to patients,” said John Bojanowski, president-Honeywell HomMed.

    The LifeStream Leaders Advantage program has three membership levels: Gold, Silver and Bronze, and provides a wide range of benefits, including access to market development funds, on-site clinical consultation support throughout the calendar year, the ability to become a member of HomMed’s advisory board, and marketing planning support. At the Gold and Silver membership levels, participants can also accrue Market Development Funds that allow them to select from an array of additional marketing and clinical support activities, including clinical visits, goal setting, company-wide email campaigns and online optimization support.

    “The program was developed to support our customers as they communicate the benefits of a telehealth program to their customers,” said Wendy Tobin, Manager of Channel Marketing of Honeywell HomMed, and the Program’s designer.  “We created the tiers in the program to provide the level of assistance our customers need, based on the size and scope of their existing telehealth program, and offer our support as they expand their programs in the future.”

    For more information about Honeywell HomMed’s LifeStream Leaders Advantage Program, please visit:


    About Honeywell:

    Honeywell International ( is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit

    About Honeywell HomMed:

    Honeywell HomMed is part of the Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions business group, a global leader in providing product and service solutions that improve efficiency and profitability, support regulatory compliance, and maintain safe, comfortable environments in homes, buildings and industry. For more information about Honeywell HomMed, please visit



  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: CMS nominee faces confirmation hearing

    Marilyn Tavenner is headed to Capitol Hill tomorrow for a hearing on her nomination to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). 

    She’s certain to face tough questions, especially from Republican senators, but just the fact that she’s receiving a hearing at all raises the prospect of a major healthcare nominee receiving bipartisan support in the Senate.

    This is the second time President Obama has nominated Tavenner to lead CMS; she didn’t get a hearing last year because of the election-season tensions surrounding healthcare. But with the election in the rear-view mirror, Republicans agreed to consider Tavenner’s nomination — and she has some friends on that side of the aisle.

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has praised Tavenner after working with her when she ran Virginia’s Medicaid program, and she has a reputation for both working hard and for bipartisanship.

    The hearing starts at 10 a.m.

  • Administration pushes toward electronic medical records

    The Obama administration is moving to ease the national transition from paper to electronic health records through a pair of proposed rules to be published this week.

    The rules, to hit Tuesday’s Federal Register, would update and extend existing regulations surrounding the sharing of patient electronic records.

    Federal law generally prohibits hospitals from giving medical record software to doctors who would then use it to refer patients back to the facility for treatment. Violations can be charged as felonies and are punishable by prison time and fined up to $25,000.

  • Inland Empire Health Plan Selects MedHOK Platform

    TAMPA, Fla. – April 2, 2013 – MedHOK, which delivers industry leading actionable healthcare solutions across an integrated cloud-based platform, announced today that Inland Empire Health Plan will deploy its comprehensive platform for care, quality and compliance to enhance patient population management and improve patient care.

    “Successfully managing patient populations requires that health plans maintain a very ‘high-touch’ relationship with both their providers and the patients they care for,” said Dr. Bradley Gilbert, Chief Executive Officer, Inland Empire Health Plan. “MedHOK’s software will allow us to enhance this process by improving patient and provider interactions and providing the comprehensive information we need to improve the member experience.”

    Located in San Bernardino, Calif., Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) is a not-for-profit public health plan serving more than 590,000 residents of Riverside and San Bernardino counties through government-sponsored programs including Medi-Cal, Healthy Kids and a Medicare Advantage Special Needs Program.

    “Inland Empire Health Plan is growing rapidly and MedHOK’s platform will become increasingly important as the volume of information that we need to successfully manage our growing patient population rapidly expands,” said IEHP Chief Information Officer Michael Deering.

    MedHOK’s single platform for care, quality and compliance, provides payers, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), accountable care organizations (ACOs) and integrated health networks with the tools they need to view patient information in real time and make it immediately available across the care continuum. By doing so in a manner that is meaningful to each end user, the MedHOK platform creates actionable healthcare wherein individual providers and integrated delivery systems can proactively close care gaps, comply with federal and state regulations, enhance care management and improve Star, HEDIS® and other quality scores.

    Its unique Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model allows clients to rapidly deploy and easily maintain MedHOK’s scalable solutions, while incurring lower up-front and ongoing costs. Fully NCQA-certified for HEDIS®, Pay for Performance and Disease Management Performance Measures, MedHOK’s software is compliant with CMS and State regulations to ensure consistent application of rules and regulations.

    “For a rapidly growing health plan like Inland Empire, selecting a solution that is easily scalable and rapidly deployed is key to success,” said Anil Kottoor, President and CEO, MedHOK. “By utilizing the full array of services provided across our integrated cloud-based platform, Inland Empire will also be well-positioned to improve care management, meet all federal and state mandates and gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.”

    About MedHOK

    Tampa, Fla.-based MedHOK has more than 23 million lives in production, making it one of the healthcare industry’s fastest-growing platform-as-a-service (PaaS) companies. Its integrated single platform for care management, quality and compliance helps health plans, PBMs, ACOs and public and private payers meet 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. MedHOK’s platform holds 2013 HEDIS® certification and 2012 Pay for Performance and Disease Management performance measures certification.

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