Future of Health Care

St. Joseph’s Health: Leveraging the Continuum of Care to Improve Population Health

St. Joseph’s Health offers a comprehensive range of health services — from home-based and community-focused programs to well-established hospital and primary care programs — to track patient progress and secure better outcomes through a continuum of care.


Why I’m Focused on Advancing the Medical Industry Through Technology

The medical industry and digital world are merging more than ever before, but staying on top of the rapidly changing digital landscape is a constant challenge.


Issues in Telemedicine

A very hot topic today is telemedicine. This has been brought about in no small part by the New York insurance parity laws that became effective on Jan. 1, 2016, whereby payors now had to pay for a service delivered by telemedicine in the same manner the payor would have paid for that service if performed in a face-to-face encounter.


MSSNY’s 2017 Legislative Program

When the 2017 session of the New York State Legislature opens in early January, those who carefully follow action or inaction in Albany will be waiting to learn what Governor Andrew Cuomo will include in his State of the State Address and proposed state budget. The annual battle of the budget will be the major focus of state legislators and others for the next three months.


Population Health Improvement at HealtheConnections

Many healthcare providers think of HealtheConnections as the RHIO (Regional Health Information Organization) for the region, and associate the organization with the specific services that help them access their patients’ records. In fact, HealtheConnections takes part in a broader set of activities in service of the Triple Aim’s better care, better health and lower healthcare costs.


Presidential Politics: Remember to Vote if You Can

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, I will be casting my 16th vote for president of our country. My first presidential vote was in 1956 when Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected to his second term as president. At that time voters had to be 21 years of age or older in order to be eligible to vote. Now 18-year-olds are eligible to vote in elections.


Bringing Personalized Health Care Home

As the baby boomer population ages and preventing hospitalizations becomes more important than ever before, VNA Homecare helps central New Yorkers who need individualized in-home care thrive in the environment where they are most comfortable.


The Electronic Health Record: Look How Far We Have Come

The massive changes facing physicians from the recently passed Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) will soon be upon us and rely heavily upon data from electronic health record (EHR) systems. Implementing the new payment model for healthcare providers under the MACRA legislation, which is referred to as the Merit-based Payment Incentive System (MIPS), would have been unimaginable with the technology available just 10 years ago. The role of information technology has exploded since then, making it possible to now incorporate information from multiple sources and create a comprehensive electronic patient record. 


Speaker Silver’s Era Ends

Democrat Sheldon Silver was on his way to becoming the longest-serving assembly speaker in New York state history when he was arrested Jan. 22 and charged with accepting more than $4 million in bribes and kickbacks. His arrest followed a lengthy investigation by Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, also a Democrat.


A Collaborative Approach to Improving Population Health

The Accountable Care Coalition of Syracuse has developed innovative ways to improve the health of Medicare Fee-for-Service beneficiaries in Syracuse, while reducing hospitalization and cost.