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CEO of healthcare group still hopeful IT will save employers money

Lake Geneva, Wis. - Employers who are looking for health information technology to have a moderating influence on healthcare premiums will have to wait a while longer, according to the head of an influential health information management organization.

Stephen Lieber, president and CEO of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, ......

Full article >>> , which in turn have prompted employers to ask workers to contribute more for their health insurance in the form of higher co-pays. A select few employers actually have kept costs increases at just above the rate on inflation through sound practice management and wellness programs that encourage employees to adopt better health habits and drive down the cost of utilization.

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Full article >>> liminate duplicate tests" and save on other wasteful spending, he said.

It is not unusual for an employee to go to one setting, have a test, and get referred to a specialist who then repeats the test because the results didn't follow the patient. "Things like that can have very immediate impacts on the cost of care," Lieber said, "and so I think those are some very early and easy sorts of......

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