How Mobile Technology Can Drive Care Management [Podcast]

In today’s technology-dominated world, social media and the internet are playing an increasingly larger role in healthcare. But what does this mean for physician practices and care management?

Brad Brabec, M.D., Chairman of Children’s Health Network and President of Complete Children’s Health, an independent physician practice, shares his thoughts on the relationship between the internet and healthcare for both providers and patients.  More…

Electronic Health Records: 7 Ways To Hook The Right Patient Data In The Digital Ocean [Slideshow]

When electronic health records (EHRs) started mushrooming on the landscape in the early 2000s, they were met by significant resistance.1 That wasn’t a surprise. Poor usability, expense, and time-consuming training made an unappealing package for physicians.

Now, it’s almost impossible to find a healthcare facility that doesn’t use EHRs. Almost 90% of office-based physicians, and 96% of hospitals, use some sort of EHR system.2,3  More…

Practice Management: How To Get Ready For … Whatever Is Next From Washington [Podcast]

Brad Brabec, MDAs 2017 continues to unfold, the future of healthcare policy in the United States remains a mystery. What changes will Congress propose to the Affordable Care Act, how extensive will they be, and how will they affect independent physician practices?

Brad Brabec, M.D., Chairman of Children’s Health Network and President of Complete Children’s Health, an independent physician practice, shares his thoughts on how physicians can prepare for the months ahead.  More…

5 Factors That Define Clinical Integration

Health systems and networks are marching toward clinical integration—but if you ask five healthcare experts what clinical integration is, you’ll get 10 different answers.

Most agree that clinical integration aims to stem the loss of reimbursements, find more routes to efficient medical care, and move patients toward prevention and wellness. But what does a clinically integrated network look like? And what does it mean for physicians?  More…

How Much Does Group Purchasing Save Healthcare Providers?

If you’re managing a physician practice, you’re familiar with the daily high-wire act of balancing patient care with controlling costs.

This dynamic undoubtedly explains the rise of group purchasing organizations, which are saving healthcare systems billions of dollars each year.1

Children’s Health Network members have access to Child Health Advantage (CHA), a group purchasing organization that serves 43 pediatric hospitals in North America. Here’s a look at the data behind group purchasing organizations.  More…

3 Trends That Will Change How You Run Your Practice

clinically integrated networksIt’s no secret in the healthcare industry that provider reimbursements have been shrinking.At the same time, health care costs are expected to rise 6.5% through 2017, outpacing the rate of inflation.2

In light of this, many analysts believe it was inevitable that health systems would start moving toward integrated network models, with their focus on reduced costs and optimized patient care. More…

Improving Outcomes And Lowering Costs For Asthma

Asthma affects nearly 26 million Americans and according to the American Lung Association, and more than 7 million children have asthma. It’s the third leading cause of hospitalization among children and results in millions of lost school days every year.

While there’s no cure, managing the condition is possible so children can lead a productive, normal and healthy life.  More…