Healthcare Buyer's Connection, Vol. V, No. 22, 11/06/2006


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Healthcare Intelligence Network
Healthcare Buyer's Connection
Volume V, No. 22
November 10, 2006
Table of Contents

1.) Company Profiles

  • Agfa HealthCare
  • L&S HomeCare Inc.
  • Raymond Karsan Associates
  • Home Healthcare Laboratory

2.) Pay for Performance: Improving Quality and Efficiency of Healthcare Delivery
3.) CalPERS Insists On Transparency For Next Health Plan Administrator
4.) Meeting the Demands of Healthcare Transparency in Pricing and Quality
5.) Recommended Reading: Pay for Performance: Raising the Bar on Quality, Efficiency and Results

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1.) Agfa HealthCare

Agfa HealthCare is an international image and information solutions provider uniquely positioned to fast forward customers into the digital world. With more than a century of imaging science experience and a preeminent market position as a worldwide PACS leader, Agfa has the capabilities to create individualized, flexible, real-world solutions for customers, no matter where they currently exist on the analog-to-digital pathway.

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http://www.hin.com/buyers_connection_technology.html



L&S HomeCare Inc.

We provide the full range of affordable, convenient, compassionate, patient-customized in-home care & assistance: nursing services, physical therapy, home health aides. We work with private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid.

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http://www.hin.com/buyers_connection_financial.html



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Raymond Karsan Associates

We are a talent acquisition and technology company. We partner with clients to fulfill organizational goals and dreams. Services include executive search, satisfaction surveys, web-based contact management/resource products, consulting services and other creative solutions.

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



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.

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



2.) Pay for Performance: Improving Quality and Efficiency of Healthcare Delivery

This white paper examines the history of the pay-for-performance healthcare reimbursement model, defines measures of performance, challenges for healthcare organizations planning to implement pay-for performance systems, and the implications of pay-for-performance programs for healthcare IT.

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



3.) CalPERS Insists On Transparency For Next Health Plan Administrator

Moving for more disclosure of costs and services, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) has approved new contract terms for the next medical administrator of its preferred provider organizations (PPOs).

The new contract takes effect Jan. 1, 2008 and CalPERS will now judge bidders based on the degree of disclosure and transparency in clinical outcomes, provider reimbursement and administrative costs.

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



4.) Meeting the Demands of Healthcare Transparency in Pricing and Quality

Meeting the Demands of Healthcare Transparency in Pricing and Quality examines how organizations are achieving transparency in healthcare costs and quality.

During this 90-minute audio conference on CD-ROM, your expert panel of speakers, Lou Diamond, medical director with Medstat and Paul F. Thompson, product marketing manager with Cigna, provide you with the latest news and strategies about healthcare cost and quality transparency. You will get details on:

  • Challenges of achieving transparency of healthcare quality and cost information;
  • External drivers for the transparency movement;
  • Quality performance metrics being used;
  • Efforts to create transparency; and
  • IT infrastructure needed to support these programs.

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5.) Recommended Reading: Pay for Performance: Raising the Bar on Quality, Efficiency and Results

Pay for Performance: Raising the Bar on Quality, Efficiency and Results analyzes the results of national studies on the reach of P4P programs among U.S.-based health plans and sketches out a timeline for future developments. The report also includes case studies on three difference organizations' efforts to build cohesive P4P programs.

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