By Bill Bunker, Executive Vice President, SCI Solutions In a recent report from the Congressional Budget Office, average spending per Medicare recipient appears to be declining. While New York Times’ reporters Margot Sanger-Katz and Kevin Quealy argue the numbers do not necessarily indicate an ongoing downward trend, one fact remains clear – Medicare reimbursement rates…

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“American medicine is the best in the world when it comes to providing high-tech care. If you have an esoteric disease, you want to be in the United States…But if you have run-of-the-mill chronic diseases like congestive heart failure or diabetes, the system is not designed to find you the best possible care. And that’s…

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By Bill Bunker, Executive Vice President, SCI Solutions In the age of instant electronic communication, why hasn’t the medical industry kept up the pace? Practices still rely on their antiquated fax machines to send and receive patient referrals, a contributing factor to why 50 percent of referrals never result in appointments. Better referral management is…

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By Bill Bunker, Executive Vice President, SCI Solutions While healthcare saw a rapid increase in spending on diagnostic imaging around the turn of the century, the trend dramatically slowed in recent years. Why the change? Over the past decade, government healthcare regulations have put a greater emphasis on cost effectiveness, including significant reimbursement cuts for…

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By Bill Bunker, Executive Vice President, SCI Solutions The fax machine may be celebrating its 90th birthday, but the healthcare industry has reason to shudder. Why? Too many medical practices rely on this outdated technology to send vital patient information from one doctor to another. Dissolving the medical community’s reliance on faxes extends beyond clerical…

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