Healthcare News June 11, 2013

  • Obama administration will approve ‘Plan B’ pill for women and girls of all ages

    The administration said it will approve the birth-control drug known as Plan B for women and girls of all ages.

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Medicare Advantage enrollment jumps

    Enrollment in Medicare Advantage is at an all-time high, according to figures reported by the Kaiser Family Foundation on Monday. The group’s analysis found that 14.4 million seniors are currently enrolled in a private Medicare plan, up nearly 10 percent from last year and 30 percent since 2010.

    The numbers challenge predictions that Medicare Advantage would suffer under cuts enacted by the Affordable Care Act. The law cut reimbursements to Medicare Advantage in order to bring the plans’ costs in line with traditional or fee-for-service Medicare. They were fiercely opposed by the insurance industry, which successfully fought off another proposed cut this spring.

    The Kaiser Family Foundation said Monday that, while healthcare reform is unlikely to kill the Medicare Advantage program, the market for private Medicare plans could change as the law is implemented.

  • Cleveland Clinic CFO Joins Explorys’ Board of Directors

    Steven Glass Brings Strategic Vision, Healthcare Financial Expertise to Leading Big Data Analytics Company

    Cleveland, OH — May 30, 2013 — Explorys, the leader in big data-driven healthcare transformation, today announced that Steven C. Glass, Chief Financial Officer of Cleveland Clinic, has been appointed to its Board of Directors where he will bring his experience in healthcare finance to provide financial and operational counsel to the company. Glass’ experience managing the financial operations of healthcare provider organizations will be invaluable to Explorys as it continues its growth trajectory: Explorys has added four new customers to its national network over the past twelve months, which currently consists of fourteen IDNs, 200 hospitals, and over 100,000 providers. Glass replaces Chris Coburn, former director of Cleveland Clinic Innovations who served on the Explorys Board of Directors since October 2009.

    “We are excited to welcome Steve to our board of directors. His deep healthcare experience in general, and financial management expertise, in particular, will be a critical asset to our company as we continue to expand our business and welcome new organizations into our national network,” said Stephen McHale, CEO of Explorys.

    Glass joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2002 as the Controller and Chief Accounting Officer and served in that role until 2005, when he assumed the CFO position.  Glass is responsible for the financial management of the Cleveland Clinic Health System which includes ten hospitals in Ohio, one hospital in Florida, outpatient operations in Las Vegas and Toronto, and a 3,000 physician practice group operating across those markets. Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic, Glass spent fourteen years with MedStar Health, serving in various roles during its growth through mergers and acquisitions.

    Glass received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Towson University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Accountants, Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, Healthcare Financial Management Association, and the Health Management Academy.

    “In today’s dynamic healthcare landscape, it is critical that provider organizations adopt tools that allow them to harness and use clinical, financial and operational data to make informed decisions around business and patient care. I look forward to working with the Explorys board and executive team to help advance its mission to transform healthcare via cloud-based big data solutions,” said Glass. “I believe in the Explorys business model and the solutions it provides, and I am excited to leverage my experience in healthcare to help them meet their strategic business goals.”

    The Explorys Board of Directors currently consists of eight industry professionals, including the company’s CEO, Stephen McHale; Dr. Russell Richmond, CEO of Objective Health; Dr. Andrew D. Firlik, managing partner at Foundation Medical Partners; Steven Lindseth, CEO of YouDocs Beauty, Inc.; Dr. Joe Cunningham, managing director of Santé Ventures; Paul Wallace, managing director of the Heritage Group; and John McHale, Chairman of the Board of TrackingPoint. Together, these distinguished professionals help to maximize future opportunities and ensure Explorys maintains its position as the leader in big data-driven healthcare transformation.

    About Explorys

    Founded in 2009 as an innovation spinoff from Cleveland Clinic, Explorys provides the healthcare industry’s first secure, cloud-based Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) platform that leverages BIG DATA to transform healthcare. While applying the power of massively-parallel data processing, its comprehensive network enables the nation’s leading provider organizations to more effectively leverage their data to drive value-based care and Population Health Management results utilizing both business and clinical intelligence, and meaningful performance evaluation.  The Explorys network is made up of over 107 billion data elements encompassing 40 million patients, 200 hospitals, and 14 major integrated healthcare systems with over 100,000 providers who collectively deliver $46 billion of care annually. Deploying solutions comprised of expert resources and exceptional tools, Explorys unlocks the power of BIG DATA to improve healthcare for everyone.

  • Southpoint Surgery Center Selects ProVation Medical Software for Procedure Documentation, Electronic Health Records
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN — (May 29, 2013) — Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that Southpoint Surgery Center has selected its ProVation® MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding and its ProVation® MultiCaregiver as its electronic health record (EHR) and patient charting solution.
    Located in Jacksonville, Fla., Southpoint Surgery Center has been designed to accommodate a wide array of procedures from cataract removal to orthopedic surgeries. The state-of-the-art outpatient center features four operating rooms, one treatment room, eight pre-operative preparation areas, 11 recovery areas, a dedicated laser room, two exam rooms for the doctors on-site, as well as surgical support services and a dedicated sterile processing area.
    “Southpoint Surgery Center is dedicated to providing a timely, accessible, cost-effective alternative to surgical care,” said Mike Haldane, Vice President and General Manager, Clinical Documentation, Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions. “We are pleased that they have selected ProVation MD and ProVation MultiCaregiver to provide streamlined documentation and coding in the GI lab, as well as EHR and patient charting across the facility.”
    About ProVation Medical
    ProVation® Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD and ProVation MultiCaregiver reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment (ROI). ProVation® Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support, and ProVation® Care Plans, powered by Lippincott’s Nursing Solutions, put evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.
    ProVation Medicalis 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 2012 annual revenues of €3.6 billion ($4.6 billion).

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