hcbizInfection Prevention and Control (IPAC)Podcast

Using Barrier Technology to Stop the Spread of Infectious Disease – Rik Heller

Rik Heller is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Wello.  A self-confessed technology and healthcare geek, Rik has also been called the Grandfather of Active RFID and holds many patents in this area that are licensed globally. With a background in math and electrical engineering, he has been working in healthcare since 1989. In 1999

hcbizInfection Prevention and Control (IPAC)Podcast

Infection Prevention and Control with Niall Wallace and Michael Diamond

The #HCBiz Show first address the topic of Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) in July 2016 when we asked Infonaut founder Niall Wallace the question: Why are we losing the battle to hospital-acquired infections? From that post/interview: Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) are a big deal in US healthcare: They cost U.S. hospitals as much as $45 Billion per


The #HCBiz Show! A New Podcast on the Business of Healthcare

The premise behind #HCBiz was, and still is, that we can’t “just innovate”. Sure, you may have a great idea, an all-star team and execute flawlessly, but if you don’t understand the complex dynamics of the healthcare business you’ll never get traction. It’ll seem that the system is broken and the people inside of it

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Health Plans Take Another Hit on Provider Directory Accuracy

CMS completed the first of three planned reviews of health plan Provider Directory Accuracy and the results were not good.  A few stats jump out: Nearly half of provider directory locations listed were inaccurate. (i.e. provider was not at the location listed, phone number was incorrect, or provider was not accepting new patients when the directory indicated


Charitable Premium Assistance: Helping the needy or just plain greedy?

A few months back this story caught my eye: Insurers, hospitals clash over help paying ACA plan premiums. It describes an issue where insurers believe that hospitals are steering patients who are eligible for Medicaid or Medicare to private plans by subsidizing their premiums through charitable organizations. On the surface, that actually sounds like a nice


Replay: Medicaid Open IT with Open Health News

On this episode of The #hcbiz Show! we talk with  Roger A. Maduro and David Perara of Open Health News about the $7.5 Billion/yr Medicaid Open Health IT initiative. The state-based Medicaid Management System infrastructure is woefully out-of-date, disconnected, and increasingly expensive to maintain. Many of the platforms are 30-40 years old and were written in the