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The law of unintended consequences

This doesn’t have much to do with information technology but it is related to patient safety, so here goes.

In the August issue of Biotechnology Healthcare, a publication I have written for a couple of times, is an interesting analysis of how certain provisions of Medicare Part B and the new Part D drug benefit that goes into effect next year might compete against each other. According to the article, the choice between physician-administered infusion therapy and an at-home drug regimen might come down to money rather than what would produce the best outcome, especially if reimbursements for physician services continue to lag inflation.

I wonder if the government bean counters figured this into their Part D cost estimates?

September 19, 2005 I Written By

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And here it is …

Here’s the CMS release on VistA Office EHR. This isn’t the last we’ve heard of this story.

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I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.

VistA Office is on its way

Here’s some breaking news: People at CMS just told me that they are expecting the OK to release VistA Office EHR within the hour.

Reports of the project’s demise were greatly exaggerated.

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I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.