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November 20, 2012 / Issue 53

In This Issue

Making the leap to real-time analytics

Administration expected to release many new rules for health law shortly

NFL adopting electronic health records for care coordination

Out-of-network bills for in-network healthcare

Remaking healthcare: Change the way providers are paid

U.S. will need 52,000 more family docs by 2025: study

Use of electronic health records surges in U.S., survey finds

Small practices prepare for ACOs

Repeat testing common among Medicare patients

When robotic surgery leaves just a scratch

Hop off the treadmill, pick up a dumbbell for faster results

Treadmill desks might be the next office health trend

Most popular last issue: Initial take: The impact of the 2012 election on our industry

Hot Clips: Disaster Recovery


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Featured Article: Analytics

Making the leap to real-time analytics

Hunterdon Healthcare implements a new decision-support system.

By Glenn Mamary, vice president and CIO, Hunterdon Healthcare

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Health Law

Administration expected to release many new rules for health law shortly

A deluge of new rules is expected in the coming days and weeks as the Obama administration fleshes out the health law’s complex components. Closely awaited are decisions about how the government will tax medical devices, allot the shrinking pool of money for hospitals that treat the uninsured and determine how birth control insurance coverage can be guaranteed for employees of religious schools, universities and charities.

Read the KHN article. >

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EHRs

NFL adopting electronic health records for care coordination

The National Football League (NFL) will utilize eClinicalWorks’ comprehensive electronic health records (EHR) solution to move from paper medical records to electronic ones.

Read the eClinicalWorks release. >

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Billing

Out-of-network bills for in-network healthcare

The robo-call from the physicians’ billing service had the intended effect: I panicked. It sounded like a collection agency. I almost paid what it asked. In fact, we didn’t owe a dime.

Read the NYT blog. >

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Big Picture

Remaking healthcare: Change the way providers are paid

In the debate over the nation's finances, healthcare is one of the biggest items on the agenda. How do we bring down soaring costs as more people get coverage and more baby boomers head into retirement? The Wall Street Journal's Laura Landro moderated a task-force discussion on remaking healthcare.

Read the WSJ article. >

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Providers

U.S. will need 52,000 more family docs by 2025: study

A growing and aging population, along with increased access to health insurance, will create the need for 52,000 more primary care doctors within the U.S. by the year 2025, according to a new study.

Read the Reuters article. >

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EHRs

Use of electronic health records surges in U.S., survey finds

More than two-thirds of U.S. primary care physicians were using electronic health records last year, a substantial increase from three years ago, when less than half had adopted the technology, according to a new Commonwealth Fund survey.

Read the Kansas Health Institute article. >

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Accountable Care

Small practices prepare for ACOs

As accountable care organizations (ACOs) sprout up nationwide, some owners of small primary care practices are wondering how they will fit in.

Read the ACP Internist article. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

Repeat testing common among Medicare patients

In a new study, up to half – or more – of older adults on Medicare who had a heart, lung, stomach or bladder test had the same procedure repeated within three years.

Read the Reuters Health article. >

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Innovations

When robotic surgery leaves just a scratch

New robotic systems – one on the market, others in development – require only a single, small incision through which the robotic arms and camera enter.

Read the NYT article. >

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Personal Health

Hop off the treadmill, pick up a dumbbell for faster results

A short period of weightlifting can burn calories for hours afterwards. One study even found that people who weightlifted were still burning calories the next morning!

Read the Today article. >

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Healthy Workplaces

Treadmill desks might be the next office health trend

Will health-conscious office workers soon be skipping trips to the gym for an extended shift at the desk? It could be a healthy alternative, as some companies have begun experimenting with treadmill desks. One man who tried it says he lost 25 pounds since switching to the treadmill desk.

Read the Yahoo! News article. >

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Most popular last issue: Big Picture

Initial take: The impact of the 2012 election on our industry

With the election season behind us, we can now step back and ask, "What does the outcome of the election mean for our industry?"

By Chas Roades, The Advisory Board Co.

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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. Going beyond disaster recovery
  2. Conquering the complexity of storage
  3. Maximize the effectiveness of disaster preparedness
  4. In pursuit of EMR, Gastroenterology Associates of Cleveland upgrades disaster-recovery (DR) operation

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