HMS Social Media Series: Provider Organization Benefits

Social media provides the ideal platform for healthcare professionals to share experiences and ideas. Social media also offers significant advantages to healthcare service providers as patients seeking support platforms.  Benefits for provider organizations include:

  • Reduced Costs:  Social networking platforms offer huge cost benefits to healthcare providers.  In fact, social media tools can reduce costs of your organization by 30% by minimizing the expenses associated with paper and manpower previously used to take consumer phone calls.
  • Improved Collaboration:  Social media provides the ideal platform for healthcare professionals to share ideas with each other to ensure improved patient outcomes.
  • Far Reaching:  Social media knows no geographic boundaries.  This provides the capability to reach a large audience within seconds. In fact, according to a study in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Twitter disclosed a 2010 outbreak of cholera in Haiti two weeks earlier than health officials reported the epidemic.
  • Marketing: Many providers use social media as a tool to assist in the launch of new products and services.  Social media outlets achieve greater publicity because they are capable of reaching a greater audience than traditional press releases.

Stay tuned to the HMS Blog as the next installment of our Healthcare Social Media Series explores the benefits of social media to online consumers.


Subcommittee To Review IRS Role In Health Reform

Next week, a House Ways and Means subcommittee will review the role of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA). House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany (R-LA) said the hearing, set for September 11, will allow a closer examination of the tax agency’s place in the health care law’s implementation.

The subcommittee will also review:

  • how the new duties under the health care law will affect both taxpayers
  • how the new duties will impact the IRS’s core revenue-collection function
  • the IRS’s progress in implementing various provisions of the health care law
  • how the agency will coordinate implementation of the new tax provisions

Stay tuned to the HMS Blog for committee findings.

HMS Launches Social Media Blog Series

As social media continues to fundamentally change the healthcare industry, HMS Healthcare Management Solutions is helping to connect the dots with our latest blog series on Healthcare Social Media.

Count on HMS to help you sift through best practices in healthcare social media in an effort to further your knowledge and keep your organization at the forefront of the emerging trends.  From getting started, to establishing policy and facing challenges, we’ll cover it all as we provide a road map to help keep providers, doctors and the healthcare industry connected and engaged.

Look for Part I of our special series on the HMS Blog tomorrow.

HMS Blog Series: Impact Of Federal Health Reform

HMS Healthcare Management Solutions will be issuing a series on the impact of federal health reform.  We’ll break down consumer rights and protections, insurance options and provide an overview of some of the programs already in place in Connecticut.

Look for Part I of our special series on the HMS blog later today and continue to check in for more as we continue to sift through the results of the decision.

Supreme Court Rejects Medicaid Expansion In Decision

In today’s landmark decision on health reform, the Supreme Court rejected Medicaid expansion provisions in the new healthcare law. The court ruled that Congress overstepped its authority when it said states must go along with the Medicaid insurance program for low-income people, providing expanded coverage to about 17 million over the next decade.

The judges found that the law’s expansion of Medicaid can move forward, but not its provision that threatens states with the loss of their existing Medicaid funding if the states declined to comply with the expansion. The finding immediately raises questions as to how effectively the federal government will be able to implement the expansion of the joint federal-state insurance program for the poor.

The announcement appears to be a mixed blessing for long-term care providers. The law would have added millions of non-frail, non-elderly seniors to Medicaid. This rejection means that skilled care providers will likely have to compete with fewer other healthcare providers for Medicaid funding.

The majority opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts stated the financial pressure which the federal government puts on the states in the expansion of Medicaid “is a gun to the head.”

Congress does not have the authority to “penalize States that choose not to participate in that new program by taking away their existing Medicaid funding.”

Stay tuned to the HMS blog for continued coverage of today’s health reform decision.  President Obama is expected to speak at 12:15 p.m..

Breaking News: Healthcare Ruling Slated For Thursday

The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will rule Thursday on the constitutionality of the sweeping health care law championed by President Barack Obama.

The high court announced a series of other decisions earlier today, but divulged all remaining rulings for the year will come in three days. The court will begin its summer recess after announcing its decisions on lying about military medals, real estate kickbacks and health care reform which tops the list of undecided cases.

Stay tuned to the HMS blog as details are announced.

HMS Kicks Off Federal Health Reform Series

HMS Healthcare Management SolutionsNext week, the Supreme Court will rule on some key constitutional challenges brought by states against the 2010 health care overhaul law. The decision will have a sizable impact on the general public, state officials, employers and health care providers, including hospitals and doctors.

To help sift through the ramifications of the high court’s decision, HMS Healthcare Management Solutions will be issuing a series of federal health reform blog posts to break down the potential fallout to consumers, the sectors of healthcare and the programs that support it.  Look for Part I of our special series on the HMS blog later today and continue to check in for more as we await this historic decision.