Healthcare Buyer's Connection, Vol. V, No. 26, 1/12/2007


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Healthcare Intelligence Network
Healthcare Buyer's Connection
Volume V, No. 26
January 12, 2007
Table of Contents

1.) Company Profiles

  • DELPHI CARD
  • DVI Financial Services, Inc.
  • Kentucky Medical News
  • CardioTech North America

2.) Healthcare Trends in 2007: Hoping to Build on 2006 Growth
3.) Healthcare Issues To Come Under Democrats Scrutiny: Medicare Part D, Benefit Cost Containment, P4P Growth Expected In 2007
4.) Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2007: Performance Expectations for the Healthcare Industry
5.) Recommended Reading: For Emergency Use Only: Curbing Unnecessary Emergency Room Use Through Education, Accountability and Physician Engagement

Sponsored by: CMS' Physician Voluntary Reporting Program: Preparing for the Feedback and 2007 Updates

Physicians who report on quality measures will be eligible for a 1.5 percent incentive payment beginning in July 2007, as a result of legislation just enacted by Congress, this fulfilling industry experts' predictions that CMS' physician voluntary reporting program (PVRP) would shortly be tied to physician reimbursement. Physicians already sharing this data with CMS began receiving feedback on their results this month. To help physicians weigh the benefits of participation, industry thought leaders will examine the expected impact of these incentives, share lessons learned on participating in the PVRP, suggest how to incorporate PVRP results into an overall QI program and look at what else 2007 will bring for PVRP during "CMS' Physician Voluntary Reporting Program: Preparing for the Feedback and 2007 Updates," a January 9, 2007 audio conference now available On Demand at the HIN web site.

For more information or to access the MP3 file online:
http://store.hin.com/product.asp?itemid=3571



1.) DELPHI CARD

Employer-sponsored health benefit/management programs through DELPHI CARD feature no deductibles, complete freedom of provider choice, opportunity for no out-of-pocket costs and participant education from RN Counselors.

For more information please visit:
http://www.hin.com/buyers_connection_MCO.html



DVI Financial Services, Inc.

A leading specialty finance company for healthcare providers worldwide. DVI extends loans and leases to finance the purchase of diagnostic and therapeutic medical equipment directly and through vendor programs worldwide.

For more information please visit:
http://www.hin.com/buyers_connection_financial.html



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Kentucky Medical News

A 48 page monthly tabloid publication reaching 31,500 in the state of Kentucky. Reaches every licensed, practicing physician and every hospital in the state.

For more information please visit:
http://www.hin.com/buyers_connection_publications.html



CardioTech North America

We manufacture and distribute kiosk style machines which provide Blood Pressure, Pulse, Weight, Height and Body Fat in a non-invasive manner.

For more information please visit:
http://www.hin.com/buyers_connection_medical_products.html



2.) Healthcare Trends in 2007: Hoping to Build on 2006 Growth

Some pundits believe that healthcare has been in crisis for the last 25 years. Most recently, the threatened demise of primary care, spiraling healthcare costs, physician and staffing shortages and reimbursement woes have been getting a lot of ink, virtual and otherwise. But depending on the industry segment you talk to, the situation may not be as dire as reported. This was evident from the responses to the Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN) September 2006 monthly survey, which asked hospitals, employers, health plans, providers and others to evaluate the state of their industry and share expectations for 2007.

Learn more in this white paper available for download at:
http://www.hin.com/library/registertrends07.html



3.) Healthcare Issues To Come Under Democrats Scrutiny: Medicare Part D, Benefit Cost Containment, P4P Growth Expected In 2007

The issues confronting the managed care industry in the year ahead appear to mirror those of 2006 with one big change, a new U.S. Congress. Now that the Democrats will take control of both houses, the leaders have vowed to take a long, hard look at healthcare in the U.S.

They promised to change the way Medicare Part D operates, among other healthcare issues confronting the nation.

To read this story in its entirety click here:
http://www.hin.com/bcstory.html



4.) Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2007: Performance Expectations for the Healthcare Industry

In "Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2007: Performance Expectations for the Healthcare Industry," a special report based on a September 2006 audio conference sponsored by the Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN), Peter Kongstvedt, M.D., F.A.C.P., shares his assessment of current and emerging trends that will impact the healthcare industry in 2007. Dr. Kongstvedt is a partner in the Health/Managed Care Consulting Services Practice at Accenture.

This special report, "Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2007: Performance Expectations for the Healthcare Industry," also examines the responses of more than 150 healthcare organizations to a September 2006 online survey on the current and future state of the healthcare industry.

For more information, please visit:
http://store.hin.com/product.asp?itemid=3539



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5.) Recommended Reading: For Emergency Use Only: Curbing Unnecessary Emergency Room Use Through Education, Accountability and Physician Engagement

For Emergency Use Only: Curbing Unnecessary Emergency Room Use Through Education, Accountability and Physician Engagement provides a blueprint for health plans, hospitals and providers desiring to address and reduce unnecessary ED utilization in their populations.

For more information, please visit:
http://store.hin.com/product.asp?itemid=3566


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