Saturday, June 5, 2010

Drivers of MD reimbursement cuts

Congress may soon pass a bill that cuts physician reimbursement from Medicare by as much as 21%

What's driving the cuts?

* High federal budget deficit is putting pressure on federal government to cut MD reimbursement (Remember: Government is THE largest healthcare payer)
* Inclination of state governments to regulate (limit) insurance premium increases on individuals will likely drive lower payment by state government to hospitals and doctors
* Private insurers will likely renegotiate contracts with providers to cut reimbursement rates if both federal and state governments cut MD reimbursement rates

Are there other drivers?

John Wooden is no more

"Learn as if you were to live forever; live as if you were to die tomorrow"

"Don't give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you"

John Wooden will always remain a guiding light.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Human Behavior

Found a great quote on Health Care Informatics blog related to following "checklists" within ICU and surgery:

"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so." Douglas Adams

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Privacy or Security - what's more important?

While the standards are shaping up, and there is monumental work to be done in a relatively short amount of time. How do you choose which one to do first. It is clear that a reasonable prioritization is needed, some things are relatively more important than others.

Same argument applies to establishing a privacy and security policy. That begs the question - What's more important? Should an organization establish and implement a privacy policy first or should it ensure that a consistent standards-based security policy is implemented so no breach happens in the first place. If you answered "Both", you are on the right track as potentially judged by any reasonable person. However, an organization with limited resources can have the right intent but some things do need to take precedence over others so the implementation goal can be realized.

Establishing and implementing a consistent privacy policy takes precedence and requires unwavering support in any health care organization. Security policy is highly important but it need not be standards-based right for the get-go. You might have heard the saying "Security implementation is a function of the size of your wallet". You can build elaborate checks, audits, disk/server-space, authentication and authorization and make them consistent across the organization if you have the right kind of money to throw at it. With limited funds, you can still uphold the goal of data security by adopting security policies that allow for individual businesses within the organization to have their respective security policies which meet the data security aims. For instance, to fulfill the goal of role-based security, individual businesses can implement an elaborate suite of roles and implement a sophisticated and highly automated mechanism OR can decide a maintain a combination of spreadsheets and manual tracking to fulfill the goal. Either way, the security goal will be fulfilled.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Running national security is like executing a Business Intelligence program

Saw this picture of Obama surrounded by the security team.

Looks a lot like a BI program initiative:

* Interconnected: Multiple inter-connected functional groups in a business unit
* Collaboration: Each group has its own agenda, but must collaborate with other groups to achieve the goal
* Vision: Each group has its own view of the "world", yet select few see the complete picture
* Leadership: Someone must make the call when there is a stalemate
* Prioritization: Constantly reprioritize as new information comes in
* Impact: Doing nothing has a disastrous impact
* Behavior:
>> Some treat it like a project and have an end in mind, others know that this is a continuous program
>> Some are overly optimistic, many are pessimistic. Realistic people are needed instead.