Founded in 1993, Partnership HealthPlan of California is committed to helping the members and communities it serves to be healthy. A public/private entity that is a division of the state of California, the organization provides cost-effective healthcare delivery to Medi-Cal recipients in a number of California counties.

“We always felt that we have to live up to the partnership principle and be sure that our programs work for providers and members,” CEO Jack Horn says. “We believe we have to run a tight ship – our administrative cost is 3.5 percent, among the lowest in state. We put about 94 cents of every dollar back to healthcare.”

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Jokes about physicians’ illegible handwriting on prescriptions used to be commonplace. But as electronic health records (EHR) are mandated for adoption, medical practices that skipped the IT revolution of the dot-com days suddenly find themselves having to make the jump quickly from paper to enterprise-grade IT systems.

And while they might curse the passing of paper, these offices face difficult decisions when it comes to managing their now complex IT system and knowing how to approach it. Many of them have only recently begun incorporating computers and technology into their operations.

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It was personal experience with her mother’s recovery from cancer surgery, her father-in-law’s quadruple bypass surgery and her mother-in-law’s stroke rehabilitation that demonstrated to Pamela Pure, the former president of McKesson Technology Solutions – a healthcare information technology and services provider – how badly electronic medical records software was needed to automate and connect post-acute care facilities.

While researching this niche, she met the three men who founded HealthMEDX in 1999 – CEO Jim Atteberry, Chief Technology Officer Dan Cobb and President Charlie Daniels. “We were looking for a single, patient-centric record that could support all segments of the post-acute market – skilled nursing, assisted living, therapy, home care, adult day care and hospice,” Pure says. “That’s what we found with the HealthMEDX Vision Solution.” Now HealthMEDX CEO, Pure ended up joining the company when Trident Equity and Spectrum Capital acquired the business.

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Comprehensive therapy and rehabilitation services are a necessity for all skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and continuing-care retirement communities (CCRCs), but they can be difficult to manage. Fortunately, Functional Pathways is one company that is steadily growing its presence in many parts of the country as a contract rehabilitation and therapy management services leader.

The company provides contract rehab services to 130 facilities in 17 states, employing roughly 1,500 full-time therapists and around 2,500 total employees. Functional Pathways says it is committed to providing the highest level of patient care possible to facility residents while also providing exceptional customer service to facilities and their employees.

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A s the sole provider of diagnostic laboratory services serving a population of 2 million people in Edmonton and northern Alberta, Canada, it would appear that DynaLIFE dx could easily rest on its laurels when it comes to quality. Rather than be complacent, however, the company constantly challenges itself to improve.

“One of our biggest challenges is to stay motivated when we don’t have a competitor,” CEO Jason Pincock says. “We have to push ourselves to not be satisfied and not have a complacent attitude, because we’re working in an all-or-nothing environment. The government could choose to not renew our contract if our value is not what it should be.

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Millions of people in the United States and around the world live with diabetes, and Dexcom is one company trying to make it easier to manage the condition. Since it was founded in 1999, the company has become a leading developer and marketer of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) systems for ambulatory use by people with diabetes and by healthcare providers in hospitals.

“Diabetes is the first chronic disease where treatment is patient-empowered and directed,” CEO Terry Gregg says. “Each day, a patient with diabetes must measure their glucose levels and administer insulin or another anti-diabetes injected or oral medication to help regulate their glucose levels. They don’t get a shot a month from a doctor or nurse; it is daily and patients must do this every day. Our technology helps to make it easier for the patient to manage their condition.”

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Traveling nurses always have lived a bit of a nomadic lifestyle due to the nature of their trade. They go where they are needed for assignments that typically last only weeks at a time, and move on to the next short-staffed location for another brief period.

Cirrus Medical Staffing understands the needs of the healthcare industry must be addressed, first and foremost, by the quality of its care providers. With this in mind, Cirrus offers benefits typically not available to traveling nurses to retain the best in the industry.

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People rarely can say they get true satisfaction from their work, but Eric Hill, co-founder of BioRx, can. His Cincinnati-based firm provides specialty pharmaceuticals and supplies, and clinical, reimbursement and in-home support services that help make patients’ lives easier.

“I get to go home every day and know I have a job that is positively impacting patients,” he says, noting that patients often send him emails, thanking BioRx for its services.

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