Effective HIT: The heart and backbone of a dominant ACO

A newly published survey of physicians highlights the increasing importance of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in the overall healthcare landscape. The 2013 Medscape Physician Compensation Report finds 24 percent of doctors in an ACO or planning to be one in the coming year. That’s up dramatically from just 8 percent in the 2012 Medscape survey. […]

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Prepare Your Children for Your Consultant Job Travel

When you accept a job as a healthcare IT consultant, you may have to be away from your family for days or weeks at a time. Whether you’re back home on the weekends or work straight through the assignment, your children may not understand why such an important member of their family is away for […]

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Stay HIT fit during travel assignments

HIT consulting certainly has its perks – new challenges, locations and environments – but some consultants may have trouble staying healthy while traveling. Unfamiliar territory and long hours often mean you might be too tired to look for a gym, and the only exercise you have in mind is to fall exhaustedly into your hotel […]

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Hospitals struggle to hire, retain Epic-certified IT talent

The US shortage of healthcare IT workers may be worsening, according to two new reports, and hiring challenges are especially acute for Epic-certified workers. The Towers Watson 2013 Healthcare IT Survey finds two thirds of health care employers report difficulties recruiting experienced IT workers — a number that rises to 73 percent for Epic-certified workers. […]

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Road rules: Six tips for healthy eating while traveling

When you’re traveling, food temptation is down every road and around every corner. Billboards beg you to load up at their buffets, and familiar fast food signs may whisper, “It’s okay to eat here. You know us.” But when you’re a healthcare IT consultant, all of that heavy food may slow you down on the […]

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