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July 31, 2012 / Issue 36

In This Issue

St. Elizabeth hospital elevates ED performance with IT

MRSA cases in academic hospitals double in five years

Roper Industries buying Sunquest for $1.42B

Vanderbilt-led team to develop ‘microbrain’ to improve drug testing

CMS announces public-private partnership to prevent healthcare fraud

Too much medical care?

Olympians face unique health insurance options

What we can learn from third-world healthcare

Genes may play role in educational achievement, study finds

NFL launches wellness program for players

Healthcare fight far from over for National Federation of Independent Business

Most popular last issue: 7 mobile apps that make fitness fun

Hot Clips: Decision Support


White Paper

Not all ICD-10 Codes are Created Equal

If migrating to ICD-10 were as simple as swapping out each ICD-9 code for its one corresponding ICD-10 code, there wouldn’t be much debate about a realistic deadline. But it’s not that simple. Or easy. Your organization has multiple mandates, limited resources and—let’s not forget—huge financial and operational exposure from ICD-10 itself. But what if there were a way to “visualize” that risk and take necessary steps to minimize it?

Download this whitepaper and find out how providers like you can achieve neutrality in their transition to ICD-10. You’ll learn how to use your own data to assess your organization’s specific risk and then leverage technology to automate your ICD-10 transition where it makes sense.

Read the white paper >


Featured Article: EDIS

St. Elizabeth hospital elevates ED performance with IT

Best-of-breed EDIS technology delivers positive care quality improvements, creating a safer and more efficient environment for patients.

By Chris Trevino, M.D.

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Hospitals

MRSA cases in academic hospitals double in five years

Infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) doubled at academic medical centers in the U.S. between 2003 and 2008, according to a report published in the August issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. The findings run counter to a recent CDC study that found MRSA cases in hospitals were declining.

Read the Science Daily article. >

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Labs

Roper Industries buying Sunquest for $1.42B

Medical and industrial equipment maker Roper Industries Inc. is buying hospital software company Sunquest Information Systems Inc. for approximately $1.42 billion. Sunquest provides diagnostic and laboratory software to more than 1,700 hospitals globally.

Read the AP article. >

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Innovations

Vanderbilt-led team to develop ‘microbrain’ to improve drug testing

Creating a “microbrain bioreactor” using real brain tissue is the challenge of a new $2.1 million research grant awarded to an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Vanderbilt University.

Read the VU article. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

CMS announces public-private partnership to prevent healthcare fraud

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder announced the launch of a ground-breaking partnership last Thursday among the federal government, state officials, several leading private health insurance organizations and other healthcare anti-fraud groups to prevent healthcare fraud.

Read the CMS release. >

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Big Picture

Too much medical care?

The United States spends an estimated $210 billion annually on unnecessary medical services. For patients, this often means getting pulled into a cycle of repeated lab work, scans and other medical tests.

Read the NYT article. >

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Healthcare at the Olympics

Olympians face unique health insurance options

You might not have the physique of an Olympic athlete, but you could have health insurance like one.

Read the KHN article. >

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Doctor and Patient

What we can learn from third-world healthcare

Applying the successes of medical organizations that have delivered high-quality care under some of the most challenging circumstances possible could offer hope for improving our country's healthcare woes.

Read the NYT article. >

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Education

Genes may play role in educational achievement, study finds

Researchers have identified genetic markers that may influence whether a person finishes high school and goes on to college, according to a national longitudinal study of thousands of young Americans.

Read the American Psychological Association article. >

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Sports Medicine

NFL launches wellness program for players

In an offseason marked by Junior Seau's suicide and scores of lawsuits over brain injuries, the NFL on Thursday launched a comprehensive wellness program for current and retired players – including a confidential mental health phone line.

Read the AP article. >

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Healthcare Small Businesses

Healthcare fight far from over for National Federation of Independent Business

The NFIB has identified three areas of the healthcare law that could be made far less onerous for small business owners.

Read the Washington Post article. >

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Most popular last issue: Apps

7 mobile apps that make fitness fun

People are more likely to do a task more often if they’re having fun while doing so. Sounds obvious, right? The Mayo Clinic assures us that the same simple principle applies to exercise.

Read the Health On A Budget article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Decision Support

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

  1. Collaboration strategies for CDS success
    Evidence-based CDS has the potential to lower costs and improve outcomes by standardizing care.
  2. A critical choice for optimum patient care
    Clinical decision-support technology deployed in critical-care environments is a crucial element to enhanced care delivery.
  3. Solution helps shorten referral wait times
    University Health System uses referral-automation and decision-support software to reduce wait times for specialty care.

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