Canon Medical Systems USA

  • Researchers Ask: Is ACO Payment Worth the Time, Effort?

    Researchers Ask: Is ACO Payment Worth the Time, Effort?

    Sheri Porter - AAFP | August 12, 2015


    Accountable care organizations (ACOs) burst onto the health care scene in the past decade, full of promise as a way to help hospitals, physicians and other health care professionals reduce health care costs and improve patient outcomes. And ever since then, researchers have been watching to see if the model delivers on that promise. Read More
  • On Yelp, Doctors Get Reviewed Like Restaurants — And It Rankles

    On Yelp, Doctors Get Reviewed Like Restaurants — And It Rankles

    Charles Ornstein - NPR | August 06, 2015


    Dental patients really don't like Western Dental. Not its Anaheim, Calif., clinic: "I hate this place!!!" one reviewer wrote on the rating site Yelp. Or one of its locations in Phoenix: "Learn from my terrible experience and stay far, far away." In fact, the chain of low-cost dental clinics, which has more Yelp reviews than any other health provider, has been repeatedly, often brutally, panned in some 3,000 online critiques — 379 include the word "horrible." Its average rating: 1.8 out of 5 stars. Read More
  • Bundled payment program contracts rise as partners drop out

    Bundled payment program contracts rise as partners drop out

    Henry Powderly - Healthcare Finance | August 14, 2015


    More than 2,100 healthcare providers have passed through the review stage and will begin taking on financial risk in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative, the federal agency announced on Thursday. But while CMS celebrated the news as evidence that its move towards value-based payments is gathering momentum, the reality is more than half of providers that originally signed up have dropped out. CMS on Thursday said 360 organizations have directly entered into bundled payment agreements with the agency, and an additional 1,755 providers have partnered with those organizations as of July. But CMS acting administrator Andy Slavitt in June said there were more than 7,000 providers in the "at-risk" stage of the BPCI model. Read More
  • Alphabet/Google has given birth to a healthcare tech company

    Alphabet/Google has given birth to a healthcare tech company

    Paresh Dave - Los Angeles Times | August 21, 2015


    Over the past couple of years, Google has hired experts in diseases and physiology, pairing them with top software engineers, to tackle major healthcare issues. Projects include developing contact lenses to allow diabetics to constantly monitor glucose levels, defining “healthy” traits and testing disease-detection pills capable of communicating to a special wristband. Read More
  • After Big Data—Keep Healthcare Ahead with Internet of Things

    After Big Data—Keep Healthcare Ahead with Internet of Things

    (Howard) Po-Hao Chen - AJMC | August 17, 2015


    A few years ago I needed hand surgery. Shortly after checking in to the outpatient surgery department, the helpful nurse attached EKG leads onto my arms and chest, and a pulse oximeter to my finger. The monitor next to my bed flickered and came to life. Then, colorful telemetric and oximetric tracings in a nursing station computer reflected an exact copy. A record in the hospital intranet recorded my wellbeing overtime. Wireless connectivity allowed an extra pair of eyes to watched me and to ensure aberrant flickers do not go unnoticed. Read More