Healthcare News March 30, 2013

  • No April Fools Joke: 2% Sequester Cuts in Medicare Reimbursements is Real
    No April Fools Joke: 2% Sequester Cuts in Medicare Reimbursements is Real

    Sequester Cuts Medicare Reimbursements – Doctors and Patients Affected as of April 1, 2013 For any Medicare services and procedure performed on or after April 1st, 2013, doctor’s Medicare reimbursements will be cut by 2% due to the federal budget sequester cuts. Now patients will continue to have to pay their co-insurance, deductibles or copays as always but here is the crazy part, they still have to pay their full patient responsibility.  So if Medicare pus the entire amount of the claim to the patients deductible the patient will be liable for 100% of the charge. Medicare patients will not get the benefit of a 2% reduction on what they owe. Medicare sequester payment example Let’s go through a patient […]

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  • HHS withdraws plan to reconsider coverage of sex-change operations

    A proposal to consider covering sex-change operations was quickly withdrawn.

  • HHS: States need waiver to privatize Medicaid expansion

    States that want to privatize the healthcare law’s Medicaid expansion will need a waiver from the federal government, the Health and Human Services Department said Friday.

    The option of a private expansion has gained traction since Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe (D) first proposed it last month.

    Under Beebe’s plan, the state would not expand its Medicaid program, but people normally eligible for the expanded Medicaid program would receive private coverage — and subsidies from the federal government.

  • El Centro Regional Medical Center deploys UniPrint Infinity

    Solution provides simple, secure printing to physicians through virtual desktops in a VMware environment

    Toronto, Canada, March 26, 2013 – UniPrint (www.uniprint.net), the leader in printing virtualization, today announced that El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC) has selected UniPrint Infinity as the printing solution for its entire virtual IT environment.  UniPrint Infinity, the industry’s first printer-vendor independent managed print solution for any computing environment, provides a patented universal printer driver solution that enables El Centro to offer trouble free printing to all its end users.

    ECRMC is an acute-care medical center in California, USA, serving the healthcare needs of the Imperial Valley area since 1956.  The ECRMC IT network is comprised of desktops, thin clients, physical and virtual servers, laptops and some virtual desktops running on VMware.  With hundreds of mixed computing devices on one network connecting from dispersed locations, each with their own printers of various makes and models, printer management was complex and challenging.  UniPrint was able to provide ECRMC a universal printing solution that allowed it to better serve every possible user device and printer combination across the network and integrate seamlessly with its existing IT structure and VMware virtual servers and desktops.  The entire implementation process was completed in two weeks.

    With one universal printer driver, UniPrint Infinity allowed ECRMC to simplify its printer installation and management process.  ECRMC no longer had to install a manufacturer printer driver for every printer that the Center supported through a virtual environment.    Physicians and clinical staff on remote virtual desktops or other user devices now work with a single UniPrint printer, making it simple for them to print to any printer.  Additionally, ECRMC has seen a dramatic drop in help desk calls since the installation of UniPrint Infinity.

    Henry Felix, Technical Services Manager, ECRMC, commented, “When looking for a printing solution, we evaluated various software from the industry.  UniPrint was the clear answer, solving our problem faster than its competitors.  If we didn’t deploy UniPrint, the alternative would have been to support all printers, and therefore print drivers, inside of the virtual sessions, which would have increased costs and IT complications while decreasing performance.  But with UniPrint, we have no such problems.  Now, we have one universal printer driver to manage, and that’s thanks to UniPrint.”

    Arron Fu, VP of Software Development at UniPrint, said, “ECRMC needed a solution to solve its problem of multiple printer drivers, and the solution had to be user-friendly and immediately effective.  Given that 95% of ECRMC’s total printing output stems from printed lab results, the solution needed to be secure as well.  With UniPrint Infinity, ECRMC can now print securely while also minimizing IT costs and help desk calls.”

    To download a free 30-day trial, or learn more about how to purchase UniPrint products through its global reseller network, please visit www.uniprint.net.

    About UniPrint

    UniPrint, a division of ACCEO Solutions Inc. (www.acceo.com), is the recognized leader in printing virtualization.

    The newest solution in UniPrint’s patented, award-winning product line, UniPrint Infinity is the industry’s first truly secure enterprise-wide solution for any computing environment. Enabling anywhere, anytime, any device secure pull printing, UniPrint Infinity comes with a proven ROI through its statistics module, print document archiving functionality and Virtual Print Queue technology.

    UniPrint Infinity replaces all manufacturer printer drivers with a single PDF generator to promote faster, more efficient printing, helping organizations to improve both productivity and return on investments.  For additional information on UniPrint, please visit www.uniprint.net.

    UniPrint Infinity, UniPrint Server, UniPrint Terminal Server Edition, UniPrint Gateway Edition, UniPrint Gateway Terminal Server Edition, UniPrint VDI Edition and UniPrint Host Edition are trademarks of UniPrint.  All other trademarks and registered trademarks are properties of their respective owners.

     

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