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July 3, 2012 / Issue 32

In This Issue

Code explosion: Can current NLP technology handle ICD-10?

Rating doctors is tricky, but Consumer Reports does it

Health IT leaders divided on Supreme Court decision

4 reasons telemedicine will benefit from Supreme Court ruling

Among doctors, too, women are paid less

Following SCOTUS ruling, HHS unveils 10 new implementation grants for states

GlaxoSmithKline settles fraud case for $3 billion

Dell acquires Quest: $2.4 billion to be a software player

Most popular last issue: The irrelevance of the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare

Hot Clips: Workflow


White Paper

Clinical System Adoption in the Community Hospital: Ten Training Keys for Success

The challenges associated with clinical system adoption can be met with the right training and engagement of clinical staff before, during and after implementation. View 10 training keys we've observed among hospitals achieving successful adoption.

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Featured Article: Claims and Coding

Code explosion: Can current NLP technology handle ICD-10?

How making the jump from ICD-9 to ICD-10 can be less intimidating to coding professionals.

By Mark Morsch and Brian Potter, OptumInsight

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Evaluations

Rating doctors is tricky, but Consumer Reports does it

Consumer Reports, a leading publisher of, among other things, buyers' guides for toasters and other appliances, has ventured into physician rating territory in Massachusetts.

Read the KHN article. >

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Health Law

Health IT leaders divided on Supreme Court decision

Observers are divided on how big a win the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold most provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be for health IT. Although they agree that the decision is a validation of the ACA provisions that affect health IT, they disagree on whether an adverse High Court decision would have had a big impact.

Read the InformationWeek article. >

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Telehealth

4 reasons telemedicine will benefit from Supreme Court ruling

The Supreme Court decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act may have a positive impact on the development and adoption of telehealth, according to the American Telemedicine Association.

Read the Becker's Hospital Review article. >

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Money

Among doctors, too, women are paid less

A study published recently in The Journal of the American Medical Association reveals that medicine may not be so meritocratic after all.

Read the NYT article. >

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Insurance Exchanges

Following SCOTUS ruling, HHS unveils 10 new implementation grants for states

The Obama administration rolled out new funding last Friday for states to implement the healthcare reform law now that the Supreme Court has said it is constitutional.

Read The Hill article. >

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Rx

GlaxoSmithKline settles fraud case for $3 billion

GlaxoSmithKline Plc agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor criminal charges and pay $3 billion to settle what government officials on Monday described as the largest case of healthcare fraud in U.S. history.

Read the MSNBC article. >

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Acquisitions

Dell acquires Quest: $2.4 billion to be a software player

Dell wins a bidding war for Quest and now builds out its software unit with an eye on everything from identity management to data center tools to database administration.

Read the ZDNet article. >

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Healthcare Law

Most popular last issue: The irrelevance of the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare

Dave Chase's “day job” is working with healthcare providers recognized as Disruptive Innovators who are reinventing healthcare and slaying the healthcare cost beast as a byproduct – regardless of what happens in Washington.

Read the Forbes article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Workflow

Click on the highlighted links below to read the top HMT archival properties concerning workflow, a topic that is at the forefront of healthcare discussions.

  1. Eight reasons payer interoperability and data sharing are essential in ACOs
    Interoperability standards could be a prerequisite to measuring care.
  2. Easing the paper-to-EHR transition
    Consolidating administrative functions while ensuring clinical data is shared amongst the group.
  3. Staff scheduling synchronicity
    Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta implements a Web-based staffing and scheduling system.
  4. An alternative road to meaningful use
    Smaller hospitals may benefit from this affordable strategy.

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