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Issue Date: March 15, 2000
Assessment Tool Helps Evaluate Practice Risk
"PA/QI PractiQual, a self-assessment tool...helps physicians pinpoint areas of practice risk that are related to issues such as informed consent, medical record-keeping, medication practices, compliance with rules regarding blood-borne pathogens, and other safety and patient satisfaction issues."
Information Systems Can Help Prevent Medical Errors
"The Institute of Medicine has issued a report alleging that the misuse of medications and medical devices, along with preventable medical errors, claim 44,000 to 98,000 American lives each year....these estimates are based on inpatient data and so may represent only the tip of the iceberg, since the extent of the problem in outpatient care is as yet unknown."
Finding Middle Ground with Global Fees
"Global fees offer a highly sophisticated and flexible solution to the modern problem of third-party insurance financing complex, high-technology medicine.
United Healthcare's Medical Director Uses Data To Empower Physicians
"The doctor and the patient should always be the ones making the final decisions about treatment. That doesn't mean the coverage is always guaranteed. Part of that decision may be how much the patient has to pay for a given treatment, but the doctor and the patient will be making the choice."
How Groups Can Protect IS Data
"The three most popular types of data back-up systems used in physicians' offices are tape drives, recordable CD-ROMs, and removable disks. Each system has its strength and weaknesses, depending upon the requirements."
Cardiology Groups Will Need To Adjust for Market Dynamics
"The successful cardiovascular business model of the future will be distinguished from the traditional practice in several ways: Larger, highly subspecialized groups will form. Specialty composition of these groups may broaden to include cardiovascular surgeons and radiologists. Business partnerships with health systems will likely become more, not less, expensive. Physicians will become managers of the full continuum of care...."
DM Program Aims To Improve Patient Care
Disease management (DM) programs are designed to improve care quality and cut costs, and for specialties such as gastroenterology, these programs may be particularly useful for certain patients.
Author Says Small Groups Can Succeed
"When any system--such as health care--decentralizes, the participants need to be more creative....when freed of onerous institutional constraints, physicians can be more inventive, creating new processes, treatments, and business models. And if they are unconstrained by institutions, they are free to keep that intellectual property as their own. That ought to be highly motivating to anyone with anay health care or medical ideas that can be commercialized."