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November 6, 2012 / Issue 51

In This Issue

Password resetting goes the self-service route

New device could allow your heartbeat to power pacemaker

Lessons from Storm Sandy: When hospital generators fail

Sandy exposes gaps in wireless system during emergency

AHIMA disaster planning and recovery resources

Physicians excited about lab coat pocket-ability of Apple's iPad mini

Biggest obstacles to Stage 2 EHR bonuses revealed

Coding compliance policy a must have

One Stanford doctor wants to focus on real patients, not iPatients

Man climbs Chicago skyscraper using bionic leg

Healthcare law delivers higher payments to primary care physicians

OB/GYNs and ER docs excluded from health law’s Medicaid pay hike

Most popular last issue: Should hospitals eliminate waiting rooms?

Hot Clips: Disaster Recovery


View the NEW exciting White Papers and Webinars on HMT!

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: Security

Password resetting goes the self-service route

Easy-to-use software solutions streamline the process for hospital and healthcare IT departments.

By Dean Wiech, Tools4ever

Read the HMT featured article. >

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Innovations

New device could allow your heartbeat to power pacemaker

An experimental device converted energy from a beating heart to provide enough electricity to power a pacemaker, in a study presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2012.

Read the ScienceDaily article. >

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Disaster Recovery: Sandy

Lessons from Storm Sandy: When hospital generators fail

In the wake of “superstorm” Sandy, much of lower Manhattan was plunged into darkness. What happened to the patients?

Read the Time article. >

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Disaster Recovery: Sandy

Sandy exposes gaps in wireless system during emergency

The leap toward wireless and digital phone service may be setting Americans behind during times of emergency, some experts say.

Read the Washington Post article. >

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Disaster Recovery

AHIMA disaster planning and recovery resources

AHIMA has compiled a short list of practical resources that may be helpful during disaster planning or disaster recovery.

Learn more about the AHIMA resources. >

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Mobile Technology

Physicians excited about lab coat pocket-ability of Apple's iPad mini

Last week's launch of the iPad mini has been eagerly awaited by physicians who are particularly excited that the device easily can fit inside a lab coat.

Read the Apple Insider article. >

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Meaningful Use

Biggest obstacles to Stage 2 EHR bonuses revealed

CMS data show that physicians who received meaningful-use incentives in Stage 1 left the toughest work for the next stage of the federal program.

Read the AMA article. >

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ICD-10

Coding compliance policy a must have

In a new white paper, AHIMA explains why a coding compliance policy, updated at least once a year, is essential to an organization’s overall compliance program. The paper is titled, “Defining the Core Designated Clinical Documentation Set for Coding Compliance.”

Download the AHIMA white paper. >

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EHRs

One Stanford doctor wants to focus on real patients, not iPatients

According to one healthcare professional, electronic medical records don’t always reflect what really happens during an examination. Physicians are so busy checking off boxes and keying in vital signs that sometimes they spend more time with the virtual patient than the real one.

Read the WSJ article. >

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Innovations

Man climbs Chicago skyscraper using bionic leg

The metal on Zac Vawter's bionic leg gleamed as he climbed the 103 floors of Chicago's iconic Willis Tower, becoming the first person ever to complete the task wearing a mind-controlled prosthetic limb.

Read the AP article. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

Healthcare law delivers higher payments to primary care physicians

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Nov. 1 the final rule implementing the part of the healthcare law that delivers higher payments to primary care physicians serving Medicaid beneficiaries. The new rule raises rates to ensure doctors are paid the same for treating Medicare and Medicaid patients and does not raise costs for states.

Read the CMS article. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

OB/GYNs and ER docs excluded from health law’s Medicaid pay hike

Obstetricians, gynecologists and emergency room physicians won’t be eligible for higher Medicaid pay rates for primary care doctors that start in January under the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration ruled late Thursday.

Read the KHN article. >

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Most popular last issue: 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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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Disaster Recovery

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

  1. Best practices in healthcare disaster recovery planning
  2. Don’t roll the dice on data loss
  3. Get help planning a data center
  4. A look inside the Vault

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