Healthcare Buyer's Connection, Vol. VI, No. 21, 11/02/2007

Healthcare Intelligence Network
Healthcare Buyer's Connection
Volume VI, No. 21
November 2, 2007

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Table of Contents
  1. Company Profiles
    • HazSoft, LLC
    • MedCompliance
    • The Healthcare Group at Zurich US
    • Home Healthcare Laboratory
  2. Healthcare Report Cards: Hospitals, Health Plans and Consumers Grade the Effort
  3. Physician Ranking And Public Reporting Systems Are Legal, Says New Study
  4. Transparency e-Tools: Healthcare IT That Meets Employer, Consumer and Accreditation Demands
  5. Recommended Reading: Reaching Reluctant Physicians: Forging Organizational Trust and Collaboration

1.) HazSoft, LLC

HazSoft provides superior delivery, management and distribution of MSDS's via the Internet, Corporate Intranet or client-server/single-user system.

For more information please visit:
http://www.hin.com/buyers_connection_technology.html#haz



MedCompliance

MedCompliance is a technical advisor to healthcare providers and support professionals. To give guidance that is quality and results oriented and in total compliance with Medicare and HCFA law/regulations.

For more information please visit:
http://www.hin.com/buyers_connection_consultants.html#medcomplianc e



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The Healthcare Group at Zurich US

Zurich U.S. is a member of the worldwide Zurich Financial Services Group and is rated A+(Superior) by A.M. Best Company.

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http://www.hin.com/buyers_connection_insurance.html#zurich



Home Healthcare Laboratory

Exclusively serving the home care industry. HHLA operates a centralized, highly automated laboratory & information system to provide top-quality testing services to home health/infusion companies nationwide.

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http://www.hin.com/buyers_connection_clinical_laboratories.html# hhlab



2.) Healthcare Report Cards: Hospitals, Health Plans and Consumers Grade the Effort

With more health plans, hospitals and providers publishing quality and performance ratings, the discriminating consumer can evaluate a doctor or care center the same way they comparison-shop for cars and electronics. While the reporting of healthcare quality data is mostly voluntary for now, health plans, employers, consumers and even the federal government are leaning on healthcare providers to document the quality of the care they provide. The emerging trend among plans and payors, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), is to align financial incentives with improved results. The hope is that this strategy will enhance healthcare quality without increasing costs.

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3.) Physician Ranking And Public Reporting Systems Are Legal, Says New Study

Physician ranking systems used by health plan provider networks are legal under state and federal law, according to a study by The George Washington University (GW) School of Public Health and Health Services and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

Recent efforts by health plans to measure and disclose physician performance on quality and efficiency have created a backlash, with some questioning whether such practices are legal.

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



4.) Transparency e-Tools: Healthcare IT That Meets Employer, Consumer and Accreditation Demands

In "Transparency e-Tools: Healthcare IT That Meets Employer, Consumer and Accreditation Demands," contributing authors describe the challenges of developing Web technologies that support decision-making and promote good health, building effective performance metrics, structuring incentive programs, and getting people to use them. Although there are still many hurdles to overcome, the transparency vision includes an informed, involved and connected healthcare consumer who effectively navigates the Web for decision support, comparison-shopping and healthcare spending management.

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5.) Recommended Reading: Reaching Reluctant Physicians: Forging Organizational Trust and Collaboration

Reaching Reluctant Physicians: Forging Organizational Trust and Collaboration provides physician engagement strategies ranging from democratic and open forums to workshops, new technology, pay for performance (PFP) and incentive programs. This 31-page special report explores means to accomplish change and offers insider tips for achieving the ultimate goal: physician buy-in for program success.

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