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January 22, 2013 / Issue 4

In this issue:

How to control authentication and authorizations in healthcare environments

Insurance rule will go by size of 2013 staff

New rule protects patient privacy, secures health information

Are e-visits as good as office appointments?

The 'fiscal cliff' deal's unexpected impact on physician P4P

Turning to the Web for a medical diagnosis

AMA offers $10 million to fund med school innovations

8 planning and attendee tools to optimize your HIMSS13 experience

Easiest path to mental health funding may be Medicaid expansion

CHIME comments on proposed measures for Stage 3 MU

Regular aspirin use linked to increased risk of age-related macular degeneration

Most popular last issue: Wal-Mart plans to offer primary care in 5-7 years

Hot Clips: Health Information Exchanges (HIEs)


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Clinical System Adoption in the Community Hospital: Five Strategies for Success

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Feature Article: Security

How to control authentication and authorizations in healthcare environments

A secure and automated method for managing the user account lifecycle in Active Directory and Exchange is one big key.

By Dean Wiech, managing director, Tools4ever

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Health Law

Insurance rule will go by size of 2013 staff

Small-business owners have been bracing for 2014, when a healthcare law provision is scheduled to kick in, potentially subjecting them to penalties if they don't offer health insurance. Many are planning to keep the number of "full-time-equivalent" employees under 50 to avoid being subject to the provisions of the law. But one critical detail that many business owners might not know is that the government will rely on data about the composition of their companies' workforces this year in order to determine whether a firm will be liable under that provision.

Read the WSJ article. >

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Security

New rule protects patient privacy, secures health information

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) moved forward on Jan. 17 to strengthen the privacy and security protections for health information established under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The final omnibus rule greatly enhances a patient’s privacy protections, provides individuals new rights to their health information, and strengthens the government’s ability to enforce the law.

Read the HHS release. >

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Telehealth

Are e-visits as good as office appointments?

A new study suggests that "e-visits" for sinus infections and urinary tract infections (UTIs) may be cheaper than in-person office visits and similarly effective.

Read the Reuters article. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

The 'fiscal cliff' deal's unexpected impact on physician P4P

Learn how Congress’ “fiscal cliff” deal will allow providers to satisfy Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) requirements by participating in a “qualified” clinical data registry.

Read the Advisory Board Co. article. >

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Personal Health

Turning to the Web for a medical diagnosis

Americans have always tried to answer their health questions at home, but the Internet has greatly expanded the options for research.

Read the NYT article. >

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Education

AMA offers $10 million to fund med school innovations

Memo to medical schools: If you have new ideas on how to train doctors, the American Medical Association may have some cash for you.

Read the KHN 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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Medicare & Medicaid

Easiest path to mental health funding may be Medicaid expansion

The recent mass killings in Tucson, Aurora and Newtown have sparked public conversations about the deficiencies in state-run mental health systems across the United States. But few states are poised to spend their own money to reverse as much as a decade of budget cutbacks in those areas.

Read the Stateline article. >

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Meaningful Use

CHIME comments on proposed measures for Stage 3 MU

In a recent letter to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) submitted its comments regarding the Health IT Policy Committee's proposed measures for Stage 3 meaningful use. Concerned about the speed and scale for achieving the proposed objectives, CHIME urged the federal advisory committee to seek further evaluation of previous stages and current progress before setting the requirements for hospitals in Stage 3.

Read the CHIME comments. >

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Personal health

Regular aspirin use linked to increased risk of age-related macular degeneration

Regular aspirin use appears to be associated with an increased risk of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is a leading cause of blindness in older people, and it appears to be independent of a history of cardiovascular disease and smoking, according to a report published Online First by JAMA Internal Medicine.

Read the ScienceDaily article. >

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Most popular last issue: Doctors

Wal-Mart plans to offer primary care in 5-7 years

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to offer “full primary care services” in five to seven years, a company vice president said Jan. 11 at a health conference in Orlando.

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

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