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Focusing Care on the Highest Cost Patients

Atul Gawande, the author of "The Checklist Manifesto" and "Better", has an interesting article in the January 24 issue of The New Yorker (http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/01/24/110124fa_fact_gawande) on efforts to target healthcare services to the small number of patients who consume the greatest amount of healthcare resources.  These patients, often having multiple chronic diseases, often slip through the cracks of the conventional healthcare system and end up usi

Your Industrial-Strength Database - And It's Free!

Let's suppose you've been tasked with a project that requires dealing with a significant amount of data.  Perhaps you're analyzing changes in the demographics of patients using hospital services over the last three years, analyzing the results of your cost accounting system, or investigating various characteristics of bad debt claims.  All of these would require working with large volumes of data that would tax the abilities of most spreadsheets.  In your heart you know that you need a true database system to handle this data, but know that there is no way th

New CBO Report on PPACA Budget Impact

CBO released an updated report on the budget effects of PPACAThe Congressional Budget Office released an interesting report on the effects of the health reform legislation that include two years (2010 and 2011) that were not included in the original CBO scoring as well some events that occurred subsequent to its passage.  Several points are interesting, including the following:

Two bits, four bits, sixty-four bits

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The 64-bit versions of Windows and Office, when combined with a lot of memory in your new computer, can make your working life a lot easier.

What We Do and Don't Know about the BPCI Program

It is now January 2013 and the “No-Risk” BPCI program has begun; how much more (or less) do we know about this program than we did nine months ago when CMS first issued its Request for Applications? In this paper, we will list what we know and highlight the remaining uncertainties about the Medicare BPCI program.

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CMS has released some information about the data to be provided to BPCI applicant awardees.

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