Happy Labor Day From HMS

All of us at HMS Healthcare Management Solutions wish you a happy and safe Labor Day weekend.  Please note, HMS will be closed on Monday, September 3 in observance of the holiday.

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Modern Healthcare Names 100 Most Influential People In Healthcare

Since 2002, Modern Healthcare has published a list of the 100 Most Influential People In Healthcare.  The winners are deemed by their peers and an expert panel to be the most influential individuals in the industry, in terms of leadership and impact. This year’s list includes 18 newcomers as well as eight honorees who have made the list every year.

Click here to view the list in its entirety.  To view a photo gallery of honorees, click here.

Labor Day Weekend Safety Tips

HMS Healthcare Management SolutionsAlthough Labor Day can be a fun, relaxing way to say goodbye to summer and hello to fall, it can be dangerous if proper safety measures aren’t followed. Here are some tips to help you stay safe this Labor Day weekend.

  • Highway Safety:  More than 42,000 people are killed in automobile accidents nationwide, with the extended Labor Day weekend being one of the peak times for those deaths. Drivers should be well rested and sober. Drive defensively and wear a seat belt.
  • Water Safety: Many people spend the holiday weekend around water. Divers, boaters and water skiers should forgo alcohol, wear a life jacket, pay attention to weather and wind conditions and never boat alone.
  • Food Safety: Food-borne illnesses lead to many emergency-room visits because of mishandled items. Don’t leave perishables out for more than two hours. Throw away leftovers when you get home.
  • Grilling Safety:Be sure to cook meat to the proper internal temperature and never mix plates or utensils between raw and cooked meats.
  • Skin Safety: Always wear sunscreen.  Reapply it often to avoid sunburn and the potential for skin cancer.
  • Pets: Heat stroke and dehydration are two of the most common injuries when it comes to pets and warm summer weather. Make sure your pet has plenty of fresh, cool water to drink and keep them in the shade. Be sure to keep dangerous and potentially fatal foods like raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate, fruit pits, macadamia nuts, coffee and alcohol out of the reach of pets.

HMS Healthcare Social Media Series: Creating A Facebook Page

According to a 2011 survey, 65% of U.S. adults now use social-networking sites up from just 5% in 2005. Not only are more people using social networking sites, but they are also spending more time on them. In fact, one in six minutes spent online is on a social media site.

On a typical day, 43% of U.S. adults visit Facebook, up from 38% a year ago. In fact, Facebook has more than 955 million active users.  That’s a lot of potential business.

Creating a Facebook fanpage allows for the sharing of information with other Facebook users.  Creating a Facebook page allows businesses to:

  • communicate easily with potential clients and customers
  • build a customer relationship
  • drive traffic and share official information
  • announce a new product launch, special services and events

As consumers are using social media sites to seek information about businesses, it will become more important for you to have an active social media presence.  For help developing a social media strategy, contact HMS Healthcare Management Solutions and see how we can help.

HHQI Campaign Kicks Off September 18

The Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign kicks off September 18 with a free welcome webinar detailing the ways the campaign resources have made an impact.  The HHQI campaign is a grassroots movement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) designed to unite home health and cross-setting providers under the shared vision of reducing avoidable hospitalizations and improving medication management.

Click here to register for the welcome webinar.

Top Medical Apps For Healthcare Professionals

Selecting healthcare application can be a tricky endeavor for physicians, med students and other health providers.  Sites like iMedicalApps, which review medical applications,  can make the process easier by taking some of the guesswork out. Below is a list of some of the top iPhone medical apps health care professionals and students can use for reference tools on a day to day basis.

  • Medscape:  Allows searching of the most current prescribing and safety information for over 8,000 brand, generic and OTC drugs, herbals and supplements as well as information on the latest clinical information for 4,000+ diseases and conditions. Other features include the ability to check mild interactions to serious contraindications for any combination of drugs, herbals and supplements.
  • Epocrates Rx: Includes a free drug reference with brand, generic and over the counter medicines, Pill identifier, medical calculator and information on drug interactions.
  • MedPage Today: Puts breaking medical news into practice through updates and alerts. Audio and video are also available.
  • Medical Radio: Broadcasts live feeds of medical information and updates on changing clinical guidelines are available through this app.
  • MSK Radiology: Information on a range of diagnoses in musculoskeletal imaging. With over 600 images, figure legends describing each finding, the ability to test how well you know each diagnosis.
  • iRadiology: Catalog of over 500 radiology cases designed to help improve plan fil, CT and MRI reading skills.
  • Drug Trials: Includes drug trial features such as eligibility criteria, e-mail out functionality and google maps to show the location of the trial!
  • MedCalc: Popular free medical calculator created bu physicians dedicated to keeping it as a free resource for medical professionals.
  • NeuroMind: Contains a wide range of information from basic neuro-anatomy to WHO safe surgery checklist items.
  • Eponymns: Contains over 1700  medical eponyms with short descriptions of each.

Meaningful Use Stage 1 & 2 Comparative Charts

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a chart comparing Stage 1 & 2 of Meaningful Use.

The chart details the key differences between Stages 1 and 2 of the Meaningful Use (EHR) Incentive Program.  It encompasses the final core objectives, five new menu objectives and details future changes that will occur when transitioning to stage 2, which was recently delayed until 2014.

Click here to read more.