New Online Community Answers Hospital Questions about ARRA QHR Announces Launch of theQsphere.com

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The QHR Learning Institute has launched an online community for hospitals: ww.theQsphere.com. TheQsphere.com provides a central source for gaining insight, sharing opinions and finding resources on hospital management issues.

Members of our community can participate in a variety of topic-based 'worlds,' customizing how they want to receive information, what they want to view and when they want to actively engage in the discussion.

The QHR Learning Institute has launched an online community for hospitals: http://www.theQsphere.com. TheQsphere.com provides a central source for gaining insight, sharing opinions and finding resources on hospital management issues.

The first featured topic within theQsphere.com focuses on The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), "Meaningful Use" definitions, and what EHR means to our nation's hospitals. Other topics, such as health information management (HIM), healthcare finance and reimbursement, patient financial services and other revenue cycle topics, and leadership development, are slated for the near future.

"TheQsphere.com offers healthcare professionals an opportunity for dynamic information exchange, engaging with subject matter experts, consulting with their peers, and sharing their own opinions and ideas on a real-time basis," said Bob Wiemer, vice president of the QHR Learning Institute.

"Our first topic -- The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act -- will help hospital leaders interpret the existing draft legislation, understand how hospitals can benefit from it, and recommend how to prepare for and comply with the pending regulations. TheQSphere.com filters the tremendous volume of Internet clutter on ARRA and provides details on: access to available EHR implementation funding; how capital and operational budgets will be affected; the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive payments; and deadlines for filing and reporting," he added.

"Members of our community can participate in a variety of topic-based 'worlds,' customizing how they want to receive information, what they want to view and when they want to actively engage in the discussion."

While theQsphere.com's forums and selected tools will be free to the public, the site also offers a VIP section for paid subscribers. The VIP section features Webinars, personal access to subject matter experts, additional analytical tools and research reports.

To learn more, go to http://www.theQsphere.com.

QHR (Quorum Health Resources) has provided consulting, management and education resources to hospitals and health systems for three decades. QHR is the national market leader in hospital management and among the 15 largest healthcare management consulting firms in the United States. The QHR Learning Institute trains more than 8,000 healthcare professionals each year. For more information, go to http://www.qhr.com.

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