Healthcare News January 7, 2012

  • Obama administration defends healthcare law in Supreme Court brief

    The Obama administration argues the Supreme Court would have to break with clear precedent to strike down the insurance mandate.

  • HHS finalizes over 1,200 waivers under healthcare reform law

    Republicans say the need for waivers proves the healthcare law is
    unworkable, while HHS argues waivers show the law’s
    flexibility.

  • Republicans, economists urge Supreme Court to strike entire healthcare law

    More than 100 congressional Republicans signed a brief Friday urging the Supreme Court to strike down the entire healthcare reform law if it finds the law’s individual mandate unconstitutional.

    The lawmakers joined an amicus brief filed by the American Center for Law and Justice, a conservative advocacy group. If the Supreme Court strikes down the requirement that almost all Americans purchase health insurance, the brief says, it should toss out all of the Affordable Care Act.

    “Congress would not have passed the ACA absent the individual mandate,” the brief sates. “Without the individual mandate, the ACA’s remaining provisions cannot function properly. Thus, the unconstitutional individual mandate is not severable from the ACA, and the entire Act must be invalidated.”

    More than 100 economists, including Nobel laureates, joined a separate brief Friday on the issue of severability. That brief, filed by the American Action Forum, says the cost of the healthcare law would skyrocket without the mandate, making it unlikely that Congress would have passed the law without it.

  • North Shore-LIJ Health System to Deploy ProVation® Order Sets, powered by UpToDate® Decision Support, Across 15 Hospitals

    The second-largest, nonprofit, secular healthcare system in the nation, North Shore-LIJ provides care to patients throughout Long Island, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island, a service area encompassing more than 7 million people. The winner of the National Quality Forum’s 2010 National Quality Healthcare Award, the health system consists of 15 hospitals and more than 200 ambulatory care centers throughout the region, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and the newly opened Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN –Jan. 4, 2012 – Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that North Shore-LIJ Health System has selected ProVation® Order Sets, powered by UpToDate® Decision Support, as its electronic order set solution.

    The second-largest, nonprofit, secular healthcare system in the nation, North Shore-LIJ provides care to patients throughout Long Island, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island, a service area encompassing more than 7 million people. The winner of the National Quality Forum’s 2010 National Quality Healthcare Award, the health system consists of 15 hospitals and more than 200 ambulatory care centers throughout the region, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and the newly opened Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

    ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support, is an easily customizable order set authoring and management solution that provides flexible integration into clinical processes to streamline the delivery of standardized care for improved patient safety, outcomes, clinician performance and regulatory compliance. ProVation Order Sets is built upon ProVation Medical’s award-winning, clinician-designed technology platform. One of its primary values is the continuous updates to clinical content and medical evidence, including direct links to UpToDate, the resource of choice for more than 450,000 users worldwide.

    Central to this capability is the One-Click Updates tool, which leverages UpToDate’s Practice Changing Updates, which highlights new recommendations that could potentially change usual clinical practice. Enabled by a unique, structured approach to data management, One-Click Updates alerts end users to evidence that may trigger the need to modify particular order sets. It then enables users to review recommended updates and apply them in a single step across multiple order sets.

    UpToDate covers more than 9,000 topics in 17 medical specialties and includes more than 77,000 pages of text and graphics, more than 328,000 Medline references and a drug database. Content is continuously reviewed and updated by physician editors and authors.

    In addition to integrated links to UpToDate and other trusted sources of medical evidence, ProVation Order Sets offers the flexibility to link additional clinical resources based upon client needs and preferences. Further, to help facilities achieve the highest possible degree of automation, ProVation Order Sets features vendor-neutral mapping and export capabilities that allows for flexible integration into any facility or vendor EMR or CPOE system.

    “North Shore-LIJ has achieved national recognition for the quality of care it provides to a large and diverse patient base,” said Arvind Subramanian, President and CEO, Wolters Kluwer Health Clinical Solutions. “That makes its decision to partner with us on enterprise-wide clinical decision support even more meaningful. We look forward to working with and helping the system achieve its long-term care goals.”

    Wolters Kluwer Health’s Clinical Solutions business unit provides evidence-based medical content, workflow based applications software and services that allow clinicians to efficiently and effectively diagnose and document patient care. Key brands ProVation Medical, UpToDate, Medi-Span®, Facts & Comparisons®, Pharmacy OneSource®, Lexicomp™ and Medicom (China) lead in market segments that include drug information, disease information, clinical patient order sets, clinical documentation and hospital pharmacy productivity applications.

    About ProVation Medical

    ProVation® Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD, ProVation MultiCaregiver and ProVation EHR software reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment through electronic procedure documentation. ProVation® Order Sets, powered by UpToDate decision support, puts evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.

    ProVation Medical is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company with 2010 annual revenues of €3.6 billion ($4.7 billion).

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