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August 28, 2012 / Issue 40

In This Issue

IT workflow management can help ensure accurate healthcare data – and save lives

CMS delays ICD-10 compliance date by one year

Is your doctor burned out?

Open source electronic health records: A cost solution for hospitals

Hospitals look to become insurers, as well as providers of care

Diagnostic ICU 'fatal flaws' may account for as many annual deaths as breast cancer

Overtreatment is taking a harmful toll

30 minutes of daily exercise enough to shed pounds

Building the medical home starts in school

Georgia company partnering with Walgreens on electronic health records

Most popular last issue: 6 daily habits that may make you sick

Hot Clips: ICD-10


Featured Article: Workflow

IT workflow management can help ensure accurate healthcare data – and save lives

In today’s hospitals and clinics, IT workflow management solutions play a key role in enabling and supporting the accurate, yet secure, flow of data medical personnel rely on to make critical decisions affecting the lives of patients.

By Hal Clark and Dan Trevino, BMC Software

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ICD-10

CMS delays ICD-10 compliance date by one year

CMS moved back the compliance date for implementing ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure codes to Oct. 1, 2014, from Oct. 1, 2013. The delay will give organizations more time to prepare for the transition to ICD-10 and conduct thorough testing, allowing them to avoid obstacles and save money.

Read the OFR rule change. >

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Doctors

Is your doctor burned out?

Job burnout can strike workers in nearly any field, but a new study finds that doctors are at special risk.

Read the TIME.com article on CNN. >

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EHRs

Open source electronic health records: A cost solution for hospitals

At a time when hospitals are spending millions to digitize, Oroville Hospital in California took a chance on an open source EHR that is an alternative option to costly, big-name systems.

Read the Forbes article. >

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Hospitals

Hospitals look to become insurers, as well as providers of care

Like other hospital chains across the country, North Shore-LIJ Health System in New York is under intense pressure from public and private insurers, as well as employers, to accept flat-rate payments for care, rather than reimbursements for every service. And that puts pressure on hospitals not just to manage costs, but to keep people well – in short, to act more like insurers.

Read the KHN/WSJ article. >

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Hospitals

Diagnostic ICU 'fatal flaws' may account for as many annual deaths as breast cancer

Researchers say that although diagnostic errors in the intensive care unit (ICU) may claim as many lives each year as breast cancer, they remain an underappreciated cause of preventable patient harm.

Read the ScienceDaily article. >

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Treatments

Overtreatment is taking a harmful toll

An epidemic of overtreatment – too many scans, too many blood tests, too many procedures – is costing the nation’s healthcare system at least $210 billion a year, according to the Institute of Medicine, and taking a human toll in pain, emotional suffering, severe complications and even death.

Read the NYT blog. >

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Personal Health

30 minutes of daily exercise enough to shed pounds

Thirty minutes of exercise a day may be the magic number to lose weight.

Read the WebMD article. >

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Primary Care

Building the medical home starts in school

Four medical schools have revamped their residency programs to include concepts of the patient-centered medical home. Teamwork is one of many benefits.

Read the ACP Internist article. >

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EHRs

Georgia company partnering with Walgreens on electronic health records

Pharmacy giant Walgreens is rolling out nationwide an electronic health records system built upon a platform developed by Greenway Medical Technologies.

Read the AJC article. >

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Most popular last issue: 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.

Read the WebMD article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: ICD-10

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

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