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August 21, 2012 / Issue 39

In This Issue

A call for standards in the EHR world

State suing doctor over billing tactics

A real deal on wheels

How much can patients learn in a 15-minute doctor visit?

FAQ: Decoding the $716 billion in Medicare reductions

Aetna to buy Coventry in Medicare, Medicaid expansion

Missing gene may drive more than one in four breast cancers

Cardiologist warns about safety of St. Jude heart device component

Survey: Few ACOs ready for financial risk

Crib note: College a bargain? Just compare it to daycare

6 daily habits that may make you sick

Most popular last issue: Medicare to penalize 2,211 hospitals for excess readmissions

Hot Clips: ICD-10


Featured Article: EHRs

A call for standards in the EHR world

A follow-up article on barriers to interoperability and lessons learned from those who’ve been there before.

By Blair Butterfield, VitalHealth Software

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Billing

State suing doctor over billing tactics

A plastic surgeon's aggressive tactics to collect fees from emergency room patients – including lawsuits and taking out liens on their homes – prompt an unprecedented court case by California state officials.

Read the LA Times article. >

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Carts and Mobile Computing

A real deal on wheels

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Personal Health

How much can patients learn in a 15-minute doctor visit?

As the number of treatments has grown, so has the pressure on doctors to remind their patients of all the now-standard advice in the course of a 15-minute office visit.

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Medicare & Medicaid

FAQ: Decoding the $716 billion in Medicare reductions

As the political campaigns tussle over how to handle the program, KHN examines the ongoing debate.

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Acquisitions

Aetna to buy Coventry in Medicare, Medicaid expansion

Health insurer Aetna Inc. said on Monday that it would buy rival Coventry Health Care Inc. for $5.6 billion to increase its share of the fast-growing, U.S. government-backed Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Read the Reuters article. >

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Research

Missing gene may drive more than one in four breast cancers

More than one out of every four cases of breast cancer is associated with a specific, missing gene – a finding that could have significant implications for chemotherapy treatments, according to a recent study by Cornell University researchers.

Read the ScienceDaily article. >

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Med Devices

Cardiologist warns about safety of St. Jude heart device component

A cardiologist who studies the safety of heart devices said surgeons should stop using a component sold by St. Jude Medical until more is known about the long-term safety of the device.

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ACOs

Survey: Few ACOs ready for financial risk

Few hospitals interested in becoming accountable care organizations (ACOs) are ready to take on financial risk, according to a survey released last Friday from The Commonwealth Fund.

Read the KHN blog. >

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Family Life

Crib note: College a bargain? Just compare it to daycare

According to a new report by Child Care Aware of America, daycare costs for an infant are now higher than a year of in-state tuition at a four-year public college in 35 states and D.C.

Read the MSNBC article. >

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Personal Health

6 daily habits that may make you sick

From the kitchen to the backyard, WebMD uncovers common household activities that could affect your health.

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Most popular last issue: Medicare & Medicaid

Medicare to penalize 2,211 hospitals for excess readmissions

More than 2,000 hospitals – including some nationally recognized ones – will be penalized by the government starting in October because many of their patients are readmitted soon after discharge, new records show.

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Decision Support

Click on the highlighted links below to read the top HMT archival properties concerning ICD-10, a topic that is at the forefront of healthcare discussions.

  1. What ICD-10 means for doctors
  2. How ICD-10 impacts revenue cycle management
  3. ICD-10 FAQ
  4. Five steps to avoid ICD-10 stress

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