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September 4, 2012 / Issue 41

In This Issue

Financial sustainability: Third-party infrastructure stretches HIE budgets

Genes now tell doctors secrets they can’t utter

Hospitals get revenue boost from meaningful-use money

New study highlights dangers of over-medicated seniors

Australians implant 'world first' bionic eye

A checkup on one of America’s most expensive patients

Health law has gaps in men's care

Tapping engineers, families for hospital safety

Red skin condition rosacea may be due to bacteria in skin mites

You have a terrible cold – maybe even the flu. Do you know when to see a doctor?

Most popular last issue: CMS delays ICD-10 compliance date by one year

Hot Clips: ACOs


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Featured Article: HIEs

Financial sustainability: Third-party infrastructure stretches HIE budgets

Leveraging the existing cloud-based infrastructure of third-party integration and data management specialists, HIEs can quickly, securely and cost-effectively connect, integrate, aggregate and harmonize disparate data to better serve the patient care needs of their communities – and thus achieve sustainability.

By Gary Palgon, Liaison Healthcare Informatics

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Research

Genes now tell doctors secrets they can’t utter

In laboratories around the world, genetic researchers using tools that are ever more sophisticated to peer into the DNA of cells are increasingly finding things they were not looking for, including information that could make a big difference to an anonymous donor.

Read the NYT article. >

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Meaningful Use

Hospitals get revenue boost from meaningful-use money

However, a debt-rating agency says the gains will be short-lived and that some hospitals may have to merge to afford health information technology.

Read the AMA article. >

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Rx

New study highlights dangers of over-medicated seniors

Dr. Daniel Mendelson, a geriatrician and associate professor of medicine who practices at the University of Rochester Medical Center affiliate Highland Hospital, believes more bad outcomes occur for seniors from mis-prescribing than from medical procedures.

Read the ABC News article. >

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Innovations

Australians implant 'world first' bionic eye

Australian scientists said Thursday they had successfully implanted a "world first" bionic eye prototype, describing it as a major breakthrough for the visually impaired.

Read the AFP article. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

A checkup on one of America’s most expensive patients

Sue Beder is 66 and has had multiple sclerosis since she was 18. She sees half a dozen doctors, takes 21 prescribed medications, and is typically in and out of the hospital twice a year. Beder is one of the 5 percent of patients we often hear about who account for half of all healthcare dollars in the United States. As one of the most expensive patients, Beder is at the epicenter of Massachusetts’ efforts to save money while improving her care.

Read the WBUR article. >

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Health Reform

Health law has gaps in men's care

The federal healthcare overhaul greatly expanded women's access to free preventive services, particularly for sexual and reproductive health. Men didn't fare nearly as well.

Read the KHN article. >

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Hospitals

Tapping engineers, families for hospital safety

Today, safe, quality care largely depends on individual health workers remembering hundreds of steps without good ways to tell if they forget one, says Johns Hopkins' patient safety expert Dr. Peter Pronovost. Getting it right takes what he calls "almost heroic efforts."

Read the AP article. >

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Personal Health

Red skin condition rosacea may be due to bacteria in skin mites

Scientists may be one step closer to identifying what causes rosacea thanks to research that pinpoints bacteria in skin mites as the culprit.

Read the NBC News article. >

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Personal Health

You have a terrible cold – maybe even the flu. Do you know when to see a doctor?

Go to the clinic if you have these symptoms.

Read the WebMD article. >

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Most popular last issue: 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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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: ACOs

Click on the highlighted links below to read the top HMT archival properties concerning Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), a topic that is at the forefront of healthcare discussions.

  1. ACO rule has big implications for IT
  2. RCM a critical component of accountability models
  3. Why your lab needs an HIE
  4. Clinical integration sets the stage for positive change

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