Workforce Scheduling Improves Patient Care in Latest Axsium Whitepaper

Workforce Scheduling Improves Patient Care in Latest Axsium Whitepaper











Toronto, ON (PRWEB) February 22, 2011

Axsium Group today announced the release of the Healthcare Productivity Balancing Act, a whitepaper helping healthcare organizations balance patient care and quality, while controlling costs, using proactive workforce scheduling. The whitepaper will be available at the annual HIMSS conference in Orlando, Florida, at Axsium’s booth #3582 or available for immediate download.

Patient care and quality of service are two key differentiators in healthcare. Every organization strives to achieve the highest quality ratings in the industry while providing superior care to patients, all while working hard to control costs. It’s a daunting task for any healthcare organization. Axsium’s latest whitepaper outlines the importance of deploying a comprehensive workforce scheduling system as a mechanism to overcome the difficulty of balancing these differentiators with the organizational need to control costs.

“Properly managing labor productivity is a central pillar for healthcare providers trying to balance the need to provide superior patient care, industry recognized quality and keep costs in line,” said Chris Flanders, healthcare practice lead, Axsium Group. “By standardizing critical staffing and workforce business processes, healthcare organizations will be better poised to manage and control labor costs, improve productivity throughout the delivery system and ultimately provide better patient care.”

Axsium’s healthcare team will be available all week at HIMSS, in booth #3582, to provide copies of this latest research and discuss how your organization might benefit from a scheduling system.

For regular updates about Axsium’s healthcare practice, visit our blog. It provides an interactive online community that serves as both a resource for information, and a meeting place for all WFM users and experts to discover and share ideas about best practices for healthcare. For more information or to sign up to receive RSS feeds, log on to http://www.axsiumgroup.com .

About Axsium Group

Axsium Group, a division of Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions, is the leading workforce management consultancy. With a singular focus on workforce management, our clients gain access to trusted business advisors, industrial engineers, and technology experts with unmatched experience. Axsium Group has delivered world-class workforce management solutions for clients such as Revera, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Kindred Healthcare, and St. Joseph Health System.

About Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions

Knightsbridge helps organizations strengthen the capability of their people to deliver results. Our seamlessly integrated teams of experienced specialists in Organizational Capability, Talent Search & Selection, Organizational Productivity and Career Transition provide customized solutions to deliver on your human capital needs. Knightsbridge has the people and services you need when you need stronger people.

Knightsbridge is Canada’s fastest growing human capital company, with 26 offices and 240 employees across Canada the U.S and the U.K. including Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, as well as Halifax, Moncton, and St. John’s through our strategic alliance with Robertson Surrette. We serve our clients globally through strategic alliances with Lee Hecht Harrison for career management services and Amrop for global executive search. For more information, visit http://www.knightsbridge.ca.

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Best in Class Health Care Fraud Solutions from Thomson Reuters and i-Sight

Best in Class Health Care Fraud Solutions from Thomson Reuters and i-Sight











i-Sight Case Management Software for health care fraud investigations.

Ottawa, Canada (Vocus) September 9, 2010

Today, Customer Expressions Corp. announced that the company will be co-exhibiting at upcoming health care fraud conferences with Thomson Reuters. With the signing of the Universal Health Care Bill in the US earlier this year, health care fraud and payment recapture have become main priorities for both the federal government and industry leaders. It has been reported that payment recapture initiatives are expected to put at least $ 2 billion over the next three years back into taxpayer pockets.

Thomson Reuters has developed best in class solutions for health care fraud detection, abuse and waste, while the i-Sight Case Management Software is a best in class solution for managing health care fraud investigations. The cutting edge solutions offered by both companies raise the bar in health care fraud prevention, detection and investigation.

In the coming months, members from i-Sight and Thomson Reuters will join together to attend a series of health care fraud conferences throughout North America. Some of the topics addressed at each of the conferences include how to conduct health care fraud investigations, international examples of health care fraud, medical identity theft and the impact of health care fraud on society and the health care industry itself.

Ray Gerard, President at Customer Expressions stated, “Health care fraud is an epidemic. In 2009 alone, an estimated $ 54 billion was lost due to improper Medicare and Medicaid payments. As efforts to tighten health care fraud controls in the US are put into place, technology and software solutions, including i-Sight Case Management Software, help identify repeat offenders and improve investigations into health care fraud allegations.”

Here is a list of upcoming health care fraud conferences that we will be attending with the Thomson Reuters team:


The 26th Annual NAMPI Conference, hosted by the National Association for Medicaid Program Integrity. The conference takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana from September 12-15.
Raise the Ante Against Health Care Fraud is the theme of this year’s Annual Conference held by the Canadian Health Care Antifraud Association. The conference takes place on September 14th and 15th in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
The 2010 NASMD Fall Conference, held by the National Association of State Medicaid Directors, from November 8-10 in Arlington Virginia.
The National Health Care Antifraud Association’s (NHCAA) Annual Training Conference. The conference is held in Las Vegas Nevada from November 16-19.

About Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for both businesses and professionals. Combining innovative technology with industry expertise, Thomson Reuters delivers critical information to leaders in the financial, legal, tax, health care, accounting, science and media fields.

About Customer Expressions Corp.

Based in Ottawa, Canada, CEC is a leading provider of web-based ethics and compliance investigation software. Customer Expressions has gained an international reputation for best-in-class software to optimize the management of various business processes. The privately held firm provides i-Sight, integrated case management software for investigations, complaint handling, corrective and preventive action management (CAPA Management), and other business processes that require case management. For information and breaking news related to ethics and compliance issues and internal investigations, visit our blog at i-sight.com.

For further information, please contact:

Joe Gerard, Vice-President, Sales & Marketing

800-465-6089

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Simply Retail Begins Construction on Two New Stores for Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Simply Retail Begins Construction on Two New Stores for Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin










Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) October 4, 2007

Simply Retail, Inc. is in the in the early construction stage with their client Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, WI. These two new stores will bring the total number of stores that Simply Retail has rolled out across the country to 34, with 18 currently open and running. After conducting a Retail Discovery, a retail feasibility study for Aurora’s flagship hospital, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Simply Retail recommended multiple new stores to support the needs of patients, visitors and staff. One of the stores that they are moving forward with is a 2,408 square foot flagship store. This store will feature products which are specific to Aurora’s Centers of Excellence. The main focus will be in the areas of orthopedics, neurology, diabetes, senior care and general health and wellness products. The second store, The General Store at St. Luke’s, will be 357 square foot and offer a variety of products and services including prepared foods, snacks, light groceries and other sundries.

Over the past nine years, Simply Retail has created retail opportunities for hospitals across the nation. The scope of work and planning includes hospitals, medical office buildings, ambulatory care centers, medi-spas, fitness centers and rehabilitation facilities. To support the elements of these broad-scale business plans, Simply Retail has an alliance with a nationally recognized retail/healthcare architecture firm, and has developed an in-house design department that creates detailed design elements customized to each client. Simply Retail also has forged partnerships with POS vendors, concierge services as well as healthcare developers.

About St. Luke’s Medical Center Aurora Health Care:

A not-for-profit Wisconsin health care organization was created around a single idea: There is a better way to provide health care. The 26,000 people of Aurora are working together to give people better access, better service and better results than they can find anywhere else. Aurora’s focus is clear in striving to promote healthy living, preventing illness and providing state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment, whenever and wherever they can best meet people’s individual and family needs.

About Simply Retail:

Simply Retail was formed in 1994 and is the nation’s leading provider of Healthcare Retail. Based in Minneapolis, Simply Retail is a retail consultancy and management company with expertise in both retail planning and implementation. Simply Retail integrates retail operations with patient care through customized Retail Systems. For more information, please contact Anni Davis, vice president of corporate communications at 612 659-8200, ext 23 or visit the Simply Retail website at http://www.simplyretailinc.com.

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Pentagon Document Calling Gays Mentally Ill: 65,000 Military Service Members Are Without Adequate Mental Health Care

Pentagon Document Calling Gays Mentally Ill: 65,000 Military Service Members Are Without Adequate Mental Health Care










Arlington, VA, (PRWEB) June 22, 2006 -–

A recently discovered Pentagon Instruction (1332.38) classifying homosexuality as a mental disorder, along with mental retardation, impulse control disorders and personality disorders, prompted swift response from several members of Congress in a letter to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld calling for an immediate review. Nine members of the House Armed Services Committee asked the Department of Defense to update the classification noting that the American Psychiatric Association (APA) removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses in 1973.

“The classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder by the Department of Defense (DoD) in direct contradiction with the broader mental health community as well as social and medical research creates yet another significant barrier to over 65,000 gay service members seeking mental health care, responded Tony Smith, Executive Director of Military Community Services Network (MCSN), a non-profit organization focused on ensuring confidential social services are available to all service members regardless of sexual orientation or sexual identity.”

“Any barrier to service members seeking mental health services has a detrimental impact on unit cohesion and mission accomplishment. The inconsistent directions and implementation of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy as well as this outdated DoD instruction leaves active duty mental health providers to decide individually how and when to maintain confidentiality of the service members seeking counseling. Therefore, gay service members have no assurance of confidentiality, risking investigation and discharge based solely on their sexual orientation. The result is that many of the 65,000 service members don’t seek mental health care even when critically needed such as combat related stress or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after combat deployments, Mr. Smith continued.”

“It’s critical that active duty service members are able to access all of their health care benefits, including mental health care, replied Elizabeth Carr, Psy.D., Lieutenant Commander (IRR), Medical Service Corps, United States Navy.” Service members, who don’t feel they can speak freely to their military health care providers, generally won’t have alternative resources while deployed or stationed in remote locations. This leaves them to suffer in silence and potentially puts their unit’s readiness in jeopardy, Dr. Carr concluded.”

The topic stirs many different responses from mental health providers. “The fact that the Pentagon holds on to this scientifically debunked view that homosexuality is a “mental disorder” shows just how homophobic the military is and how dangerous it is for service members. Many gay and lesbian service members were well on their way to long and successful careers in the military when the DADT policy was put into effect. The real mental disorder is not homosexuality, but homophobia and extreme religiosity, passionately responded Tamara J. Hawk, a licensed specialist clinical social worker providing counseling to service members and veterans near Ft. Riley Kansas.”

“As the debate on DADT continues and regardless of where people fall on the issue, the fact remains there are thousands of gay service members who are serving honorably and deserve access to the best health care, said Mr. Smith. This is where MCSN stepped in and developed sensitivity training for military, civilian, and Veterans Health Administration (VHA) mental health providers that offer counseling to gay service members and veterans. This training, developed by former, retired, and reserve military mental health professionals, is intended to break down the barriers to accessing confidential mental health services. We are in the process of deploying the training to mental health providers in the communities surrounding military installations across the country. And mental health providers who share the concerns regarding breaking down barriers to accessing mental health care are all needed for the success of this effort.”

“As a U.S. Air Force veteran the motto ‘we take care of our own’ always stood out for me. And that is exactly what we work towards every day with MCSN. There are 65,000 of our own who sacrifice in military service every day. The least we owe them in return is to take care of their health concerns by providing access to confidential mental health and other medical services, Mr. Smith concluded.”

Military Community Services Network (MCSN) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that ensures confidential social services are available for all service members regardless of sexual orientation or sexual identity. If you are a mental health professional or volunteer and want to learn more about MCSN and our programs please visit our website at http://mcsn.org and contact us.

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CellTrak and HInext Launch New Partnership to Improve Outcome Based Care Data Analysis

CellTrak and HInext Launch New Partnership to Improve Outcome Based Care Data Analysis











CellTrak Outcome Based eCare Solution


Schaumburg, IL (PRWEB) November 10, 2010

With evidence changing rapidly, this innovation will facilitate communication and integration at the front line and improve care at the point-of-care.

“The partnership between HInext, a Toronto-based software development company, and CellTrak, a US and Canadian-based company specializing in integrated mobile solutions for home health care, is exciting in its potential to significantly advance work in outcome based care for initiatives such as HOBIC. I also believe that this partnership will enable HInext and CellTrak the opportunity to significantly extend their outcome based work in mental health,” highlighted Diane Doran, RN, PhD, FCAHS, Professor, Scientific Director, Nursing Health Services Research Unit (Toronto site) Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Nurse Senior Researcher Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing.

The new partnership is focused on Outcome based care systems and the importance of standard measures including HOBIC and InterRAI. The new solution offering provided by CellTrak and HInext is focused on the gathering and analysis of data for nursing assessment, reassessment and discharge activities with common measurements.

HOBIC is the acronym for Health Outcomes for Better Information and Care, an initiative of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in Canada. Similar to the standards defined and utilized in the US around OASIS the objective of HOBIC is to introduce a short set of standardized measures of patient status into nurses’ admission and discharge assessments. More information on HOBIC can be found at: http://www.hobic-outcomes.ca

InterRAI is a collaborative network of researchers in over 30 countries committed to improving health care for persons who are elderly, frail, or disabled. With a goal is to promote evidence-based clinical practice and policy decisions through the collection and interpretation of high quality data about the characteristics and outcomes of persons served across a variety of health and social services settings. More information on interRAI can be found at: http://www.interrai.org

Peter Catford CEO of HInext shared, “I am delighted at this opportunity to collaborate with CellTrak. Together we can provide better and more timely information across the continuum of care.”

“The Outcome Based Care information gathered and analyzed in a common way enables the care teams to be more effective than stand alone, silo’d and unconnected systems. With CellTrak’s mobile Outcome based eCare solution and the integration architecture provided by HInext, the new solution will help enable more cost effective care and thorough the analysis of outcome data”, added Michael K. Wons, President and CEO.

With evidence changing rapidly, this innovation will facilitate communication and integration at the front line and improve care at the point-of-care.

For more information download the “Outcome Based Care Solutions Make A Difference” whitepaper from the Canadian Technology News site at: http://www.canhealth.com or via the CellTrak website at http://www.celltrak.com

About HInext

HInext, a privately held Ontario corporation founded in 1997, is an IT management, consulting, project management and software development company. HInext has developed and launched The Roster of Electronic Assessment Tools (TREAT) is a Web-based software suite of integrated healthcare solutions, including powerful clinical assessment, screening, and management tools, comprehensive care planning and clinical documentation, industry best practices, simplified data collection and submission, and detailed reporting and graphing. TREAT provides solutions to the many sectors of healthcare, including Mental Health, Rehabilitation / Complex continuing care, Acute Care, Long Term Care, Community programs, Primary care, and more. TREAT solutions are flexible to serve your clinical software needs as they change and evolve, supporting your efforts to provide superior patient care. For more information about HInext please visit http://www.hinext.com

About CellTrak:

Founded in 2006, CellTrak Technologies, Inc. is the leading provider of integrated mobile solutions for the home healthcare, hospice, and private duty markets. Our patent pending software-as-a-service solutions run on GPS-enabled mobile devices via a homecare technology platform which automates workflow and reduces cost. Data is transmitted wirelessly to an internet site making the data available real time and secure instantaneous integration is provided to the back-end clinical systems and the payer networks. Homecare aides, clinicians and nurses have delivered millions of successful visits via CellTrak. At the beginning of 2010 CellTrak Technologies and Telus Health Solutions announced a major partnership in Canada. This partnership includes Telus bringing to market the award winning CellTrak solution under the MobileCare brand name. For more information visit http://www.celltrak.com

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