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Why Do We Do What We Do???

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There’s that question again…

This morning I read the article “Why Are Physician Engagement Scores So Dismal?” by Dr.Richard Gunderman.

The article reinforced for me intellectually what 35 years of being in healthcare technology has shown me in reality. The reasons cited in the article:

  • the lack of transparency
  • out of touch C-Suites
  • different standards of evaluation, and
  • the bureaucratization of healthcare

all speak to a dysfunctional environment.

The real dilemma for our clinical talent in today’s world is that no one speaks to their reason for becoming who they are. Everyone of us understands what we do to make a living. Some of us even understand how we get it done. But the connection we have to the outside world and to each other is the “Why” we do what we do. It is that connection that makes us gravitate to each other.

There is no other profession that I can think of that makes a more personal connection than that of a care giver and a patient. Yet, how we measure, how we pay for it is so far removed from the actual experience itself, that we all loose sight of the reasons. Our Clinical people are disenchanted because the very reason they get up every morning, helping others, is lost in the fog of margins and missions. If we want this to change, then we as consumers must lead.

I implore my generation, the “Baby-boomers”- the most manipulative self-seeking group of people to not settle for second best. We changed many things over the years. We can change this as well!!!

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Meaningful Use: Stage 3 Proposed Rule

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Mical DeBrow, PhD RN
Director of Health Analytics and Business Intelligence
G2 Works

On March 20, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the release of the proposed Meaningful Use Stage 3 rules for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Incentive Programs and 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria.   
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It’s Official: Data Science is Still Sexy

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Mical DeBrow, PhD RN
Director of Health Analytics and Business Intelligence
G2 Works

The U.S. has named Dr. Dhanurjay “DJ” Patil as the nation’s first-ever chief data scientist.

U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith made the announcement in a recent blog, saying, “President Obama has prioritized bringing top technical talent like DJ into the federal government to harness the power of technology and innovation to help government better serve the American people.”

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Data Analytics in Healthcare: What’s the Holdup?

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The field of big data analytics is booming. No surprise there. For years now, we’ve been hearing case after case of organizations in a range of industries—from auto manufacturing and high-tech to retail and social media—successfully leveraging analytics to monetize complex data sets, gain competitive advantage and spur innovation.

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HAC Reduction Program: How To Protect Your Medicare Dollars

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This year, approximately one out of every seven hospitals in the nation will face penalties under the Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program, CMS’s latest quality-improvement program. Based on measures of adverse events occurring during hospital stays, those hospitals with the highest HAC rates will see their total Medicare payments reduced by 1% for all discharges occurring from October 2014 through September 2015. Penalties for fiscal 2015 will total an estimated $373 million.

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RAC: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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The Good. Despite a lot of complaints, there are actually some good things about The Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program.

The RAC program was designed to help the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) fight fraud, abuse and waste, and to put money back into the Medicare system. This is money that is desperately needed in the face of faltering finances and a growing number of beneficiaries. In that regard, the program seems to be working. To date, it has returned more than $8.9 billion to the Medicare Trust Fund.

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Two-Midnight Rule

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PREPARE FOR IMPACT: Two-Midnight Rule Enforcement Begin March 2015

The Two-Midnight Rule calls for physicians to make only “medically necessary” inpatient admissions. Under the rule, inpatient (IP) admission is generally appropriate if the admitting physician expects patient care to require a hospital stay of at least two midnights. Regardless of length of stay, IP admission is also deemed appropriate for cases involving procedures on Medicare’s inpatient-only list. In such cases, however, the necessity of service, site and level of care must also pass the audit. (more…)

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Dr. Mical DeBrow Joins G2 Works

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Healthcare Consultancy to Help Healthcare Organizations Turn Data into Actionable Information

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (November 13, 2014)–G2 Works today announced that Dr. Mical DeBrow, PhD, RN, has joined G2 Works’ consulting team. In his role as director of health analytics and business intelligence, DeBrow will help hospitals leverage their data and transform it into effective, actionable information. (more…)