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October 30, 2012 / Issue 50

In This Issue

‘Build for Change’ technology for healthcare payers, providers and PBMs

Practice makes perfect when it comes to ICD-10

MGMA-ACMPE awards spotlight excellence in medical practice management

Reactions to a curveball on bundled payment

Should hospitals eliminate waiting rooms?

CMS posts 2014 clinical quality measures

Scientists move closer to a lasting flu vaccine

Deloitte acquires healthcare data warehousing and analytics firm Recombinant

Forty-four percent of Colorado ER patients could have gone elsewhere, survey finds

Smoke-free workplace laws linked to fewer heart attacks, study finds

New study reveals that every single junk food meal damages your arteries

Researchers propose the science behind mindfulness

Most popular last issue: How employers make it hard to find good workers

Hot Clips: Mobile Technologies


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6 Critical Tips Regarding Hospital Smartphone Integration

Intelligent Medicine by Design

Clinical System Adoption in the Community Hospital: Ten Training Keys for Success

Not All ICD-10 Codes are Created Equal

Redefining Value and Success in Healthcare: Charting the Path to the Future Webcast

An Optimized Healthcare IT Network — Silver Cross Hospital as Case Study

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Featured Article: Workflow

‘Build for Change’ technology for healthcare payers, providers and PBMs

Unprecedented disruptions are driving the industry toward more agile technologies and business practices in order to maintain a competitive advantage.

By Keith Dayton

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ICD-10

Practice makes perfect when it comes to ICD-10

Though the implementation deadline delay for ICD-10 came as a disappointment to health information professionals, it may actually be a blessing in disguise. This extra year provides HIM and other industry professionals with a window of opportunity to perfect one’s ICD-10 skills.

Read the AHIMA article. >

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MGMA 2012 Conference

MGMA-ACMPE awards spotlight excellence in medical practice management

During the MGMA 2012 Annual Conference this week, MGMA-ACMPE presented its annual national awards to medical practice professionals who made outstanding contributions to the profession.

Read the MGMA article. >

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Providers

Reactions to a curveball on bundled payment

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) has thrown providers a curveball in its Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative: The initiative now has less flexibility than before, meaning much of the work providers have done may not be useful. Read executives' reactions.

Read the Advisory Board Co. article. >

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Hospitals

Should hospitals eliminate waiting rooms?

Over the past decade as Seattle’s Virginia Mason Medical Center has re-designed its medical clinics, waiting rooms are being eliminated and there's no more 45-minute wait time to see the physician.

Read the PBS article. >

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EHR Incentive Programs

CMS posts 2014 clinical quality measures

Beginning in 2014, the reporting of clinical quality measures (CQMs) will change for all providers.

Read the CMS article. >

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Research

Scientists move closer to a lasting flu vaccine

"Two shots when you’re young, and then boosters later in life. That’s where we’d like to go,” says Dr. Gary Nabel, the director of the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Read the NYT article. >

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Analytics

Deloitte acquires healthcare data warehousing and analytics firm Recombinant

In a move signaling the growing momentum for using clinical data to transform healthcare, Deloitte recently announced the acquisition of Recombinant Data Corp., a fast-growing provider of data warehousing and clinical intelligence solutions that enable advances in personalized medicine, translational research and healthcare performance management.

Read the Sacramento Bee article. >

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ER

Forty-four percent of Colorado ER patients could have gone elsewhere, survey finds

Nearly half the Coloradans who have been to an emergency room in the past year could have been treated by a doctor in a non-emergency setting but chose to go to a hospital instead, according to the results of a survey released Wednesday by the Colorado Trust.

Read the Denver Business Journal article. >

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Workplace

Smoke-free workplace laws linked to fewer heart attacks, study finds

A decline in the number of cases of myocardial infarction, or heart attack, in one Minnesota county appears linked to smoke-free workplace laws in that area.

Read the Washington Post article. >

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Personal Health

New study reveals that every single junk food meal damages your arteries

A single junk food meal – composed mainly of saturated fat – is detrimental to the health of the arteries, while no damage occurs after consuming a Mediterranean meal rich in good fats such as mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids, according to Canadian researchers.

Read the Newswise article. >

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Personal Health

Researchers propose the science behind mindfulness

Achieving mindfulness through meditation has helped people maintain a healthy mind by quelling negative emotions and thoughts. But how exactly does it work?

Read the Science Daily article. >

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Most popular last issue: Jobs

How employers make it hard to find good workers

As the job market slowly recovers, many researchers say that companies have become overly choosy and too reliant on technology that won't always spot the best candidate.

Read the Today article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Mobile Technologies

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

  1. Tablet PCs: More functions, better healthcare
  2. How to leverage smartphone technologies
  3. Getting the lead out: Switching to Li-Nano batteries
  4. Powerful stuff: Battery life and charge time for carts

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