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January 8, 2013 / Issue 2

In this issue:

IT energy management: A no-brainer for healthcare organizations

Bargain over fiscal cliff brings changes to healthcare

Under tight budgets, public health spending falls for first time

Health insurers raise some rates by double digits

Patient portals: Providers choose path of least resistance

Turnbull named CHIME-HIMSS 2012 CIO of the Year

Outsourced radiologists perform better reading for fewer hospitals

Feds approve eight state health insurance exchanges

8 planning and attendee tools to optimize your HIMSS13 experience

Your medical chart may soon log exercise, too

Most popular last issue: House passes ‘fiscal cliff’ bill

Hot Clips: Health Information Exchanges (HIEs)


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Feature Article: Energy

IT energy management: A no-brainer for healthcare organizations

Partners HealthCare shows how IT departments within hospitals and healthcare facilities can save money on energy bills quickly and easily by using Verdiem software.

By John Scumniotales, CEO, Verdiem

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Washington Report

Bargain over fiscal cliff brings changes to healthcare

The bill that prevented the nation from plunging over the fiscal cliff did more than just stop income tax increases and delay across-the-board spending cuts. It also included several provisions that tweaked Medicare and brought bigger changes to other healthcare programs.

Read the NPR article. >

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Washington Report

Under tight budgets, public health spending falls for first time

Policymakers took heart from another year of relatively slow health-spending growth in 2011, documented by government statisticians and disclosed in a report Monday. But one aspect of moderating health expenditures – and the only category showing outright decline – could cost more than it saves.

Read the KHN article. >

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Insurance

Health insurers raise some rates by double digits

Health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration’s healthcare law was to stem the rapid rise in insurance costs for consumers.

Read the NYT article. >

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Portals

Patient portals: Providers choose path of least resistance

Convenience and the ease of integration that comes from having an established relationship with an EMR vendor are the primary factors providers use to choose a patient portal, according to a new research study from KLAS entitled, "Patient Portals 2012: The Path of Least Resistance."

Read more about the KLAS study. >

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Awards

Turnbull named CHIME-HIMSS 2012 CIO of the Year

James Turnbull, FHIMSS, has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 John E. Gall, Jr. CIO of the Year Award. Turnbull is chief information officer at the University of Utah Health Care (UUHC), the intermountain west’s largest academic healthcare system, located in Salt Lake City. He will receive the award at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans on March 5, 2013.

Read more about the award and award winner from CHIME. >

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Radiology

Outsourced radiologists perform better reading for fewer hospitals

Experience working for a particular hospital matters when it comes to the performance of radiologists who work for outsourcing teleradiology companies, according to a team of researchers, whose finding could have important implications, given the growing use of telemedicine.

Read the Penn State article. >

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Insurance Exchanges

Feds approve eight state health insurance exchanges

The newly approved states that will run their own exchanges are California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Vermont and Utah. Arkansas will partner with the federal government for its exchange.

Read the USA Today article. >

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HIMSS13

8 planning and attendee tools to optimize your HIMSS13 experience

Hint: Planning tools available on mobile!

Read the HIMSS article. >

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Personal Health

Your medical chart may soon log exercise, too

Roll up a sleeve for the blood pressure cuff. Stick out a wrist for the pulse-taking. Lift your tongue for the thermometer. Report how many minutes you are active or getting exercise. Wait, what?

Read the NBC News article. >

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Most popular last issue: Washington Report

House passes ‘fiscal cliff’ bill

The House late Tuesday gave final approval to a Senate-backed bill that will let taxes rise for the richest Americans, shield the middle class from tax hikes and extend emergency unemployment benefits, ending Washington’s long drama over the “fiscal cliff.”

Read the Washington Post article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Health Information Exchanges (HIEs)

Click on the highlighted links below to read the top HMT archival properties concerning Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), a topic that is at the forefront of healthcare discussions.

  1. Hometown heroes: Small-town Doylestown Hospital earns distinction for implementing a successful HIE
  2. Why your lab needs an HIE
  3. HIEs: Beyond controversy
  4. What private organizations should know when building HIEs
  5. 5 lessons learned: How to build a successful and sustainable HIE

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