Happy Friday to our readers! Everyone at HIMSS was talking about the big news that came out of Washington, D.C. this week, as the Senate passed the “doc fix” bill, which repeals the SGR formula, and is now headed to President Obama’s desk for approval. Modern Healthcare reported that if the bill is signed into law, it will prevent huge cuts in payments to doctors and revolutionize how physicians are reimbursed.
Another HIMSS highlight was Former President George W. Bush’s keynote address at the conference. Healthcare IT News recapped his address, during which he shared his experiences while in office, drawing largely from his initiatives to improve healthcare while in office. When discussing the topic of health IT development, he explained that “logical solutions become inevitable,” suggesting that new technological standards in the U.S. healthcare system are simply the next steps in the field’s evolution.
During our time at the HIMSS conference, many of our conversations focused on the topics of predictive analytics and patient engagement. If you couldn’t manage to chat with us at the show, however, you’re in luck, as RCMAnswers published blog posts from two of our thought leaders this week. In “Predictive Modeling Can Detect Meaningful Correlations across Claims Denials Data,” our Chief Data Scientist, Paul Bradley, discussed how predictive analytics can save hospital systems money, time, and effort in claims management. Additionally, our VP of Product, Ric Sinclair, wrote about the impact of e-commerce and automation on patient engagement in his post, “Consumer Expectations and the Future of Patient Engagement,” which was also featured in the HIMSS Blog Carnival.