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September 25, 2012 / Issue 44

In This Issue

Wringing out clinical waste across the enterprise is key to accountable care success

New system for patients to report medical mistakes

The next frontier for elite med schools: Primary care

Should you upgrade to the iPhone 5?

Liking it or not, states prepare for health law

Are you ready? AHIMA Convention and Exhibit 2012

Texas hospital plans 'moonshot' against cancer

U.S. warns hospitals against Medicare scams, vows to prosecute

Health plan open season brings rising premiums and more expensive dependent coverage

Hospital to review woman's $83,046 scorpion sting bill

14 best fast-food meals for under 500 calories

Most popular last issue: Your smartphone will (eventually) be hacked

Hot Clips: ACOs


Featured Article: Analytics

Wringing out clinical waste across the enterprise is key to accountable care success

What hospitals can do as the industry evolves from fee-for-service to a shared accountability model that penalizes providers for inefficiencies and poor outcomes.

By David A. Burton, M.D., Healthcare Quality Catalyst

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Accountability

New system for patients to report medical mistakes

The Obama administration wants consumers to report medical mistakes and unsafe practices by doctors, hospitals, pharmacists and others who provide treatment. Hospitals say they are receptive to the idea, despite concerns about malpractice liability and possible financial penalties for poor performance.

Read the NYT article. >

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Doctors

The next frontier for elite med schools: Primary care

Elite schools have always focused on training specialists and researchers, but with the federal health law’s increased emphasis on primary care, some schools are expanding their missions to include family medicine.

Read the KHN article. >

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Mobile Technology

Should you upgrade to the iPhone 5?

If you are an iPhone owner who is pondering an upgrade to the new iPhone 5, here are some things to consider.

Read the CNN article. >

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Health Law

Liking it or not, states prepare for health law

A handful of states whose Republican governors oppose President Obama’s healthcare overhaul are quietly working to have an insurance exchange ready before the deadline next month to create one.

Read the NYT article. >

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Conventions

Are you ready? AHIMA Convention and Exhibit 2012

The 84th AHIMA Convention & Exhibit in Chicago Oct. 1-3 will draw HIM professionals from all areas of health informatics and information management for a week-long focus on HIM’s global transformation. This one-stop meeting provides a comprehensive overview of current and emerging HIM issues and challenges and promises to be one of the most educationally stimulating and exciting conferences of the year. Pre-convention workshops will be held Sept. 29-30.

Learn more about next week’s event. >

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Treatments

Texas hospital plans 'moonshot' against cancer

The nation's largest cancer center is launching a massive "moonshot" effort against eight specific forms of the disease, similar to the all-out push for space exploration 50 years ago.

Read the AP article. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

U.S. warns hospitals against Medicare scams, vows to prosecute

There are "troubling indications" some hospitals may be using electronic records to defraud Medicare, the Obama administration said on Monday, promising to prosecute any doctors and hospitals found "gaming the system."

Read the Reuters article. >

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Insurance

Health plan open season brings rising premiums and more expensive dependent coverage

The fall health insurance open enrollment season is when many people consider changes to their health coverage. This year, premiums will rise, although perhaps not as much as last year, and dependent coverage may be noticeably more expensive than in the past. Comparing plans may be easier, though, thanks to new coverage summaries that group health plans and insurers must provide.

Read the KHN article. >

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Billing

Hospital to review woman's $83,046 scorpion sting bill

An Arizona hospital that billed a woman $83,046 for scorpion sting treatment said it will adjust her bill and review its price.

Read the USA Today article. >

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Personal Health

14 best fast-food meals for under 500 calories

Do you know what to order when you are looking for fast and healthy?

Read the Today article. >

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Most popular last issue: Mobile Technology

Your smartphone will (eventually) be hacked

Security experts have warned for years that our smartphones are due for a major cyberattack. Like PCs back in the early days – the 1990s – mobile phones are largely unprotected by antivirus software, and they're a treasure trove of valuable information. So why hasn't the smartphone Armageddon happened yet?

Read the CNN article. >

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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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