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January 29, 2013 / Issue 5

In this issue:

Getting ambitious with clinical documentation management

Is an 'Ultimate' iPad in the works?

IBM says it has tool to kill deadly drug-resistant superbugs

CHIME fears hospitals unable to submit complete, accurate quality data via EHRs

Penalty could keep smokers out of health overhaul

Biotech firms, billions at risk, lobby states to limit generics

Telehealth to reach 1.8 million patients by 2017

Things to see and do at HIMSS13

Take part: WEDI conducting ICD-10 progress survey

TurboTax, not Travelocity, may be better analogy for health exchanges

Feds: Ariz. overbilled Medicaid program

Four healthcare businesses that will see 'tailwinds' in 2nd Obama term

Most popular last issue: New rule protects patient privacy, secures health information

Hot Clips: Health Information Exchanges (HIEs)


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Feature Article: CACDI

Getting ambitious with clinical documentation management

ValleyCare Health System transforms reporting and coding with innovative clinical documentation improvement (CDI) software.

By Jonathan Elion, M.D., founder, ChartWise Medical Systems

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Mobile Tech

Is an 'Ultimate' iPad in the works?

Apple to launch 128GB iPad.

Read the Yahoo Finance article. >

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Infectious Agents

IBM says it has tool to kill deadly drug-resistant superbugs

Working with the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Big Blue has come up with a "hydrogel" that can beat back the bacteria that cause many deadly infections.

Read the CNET article. >

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EHRs

CHIME fears hospitals unable to submit complete, accurate quality data via EHRs

In comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Jan. 28, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) voiced concern about hospital readiness to submit accurate and complete quality data by way of electronic health record systems. What is the organization so worried about?

Read CHIME’s reaction. >

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Health Law

Penalty could keep smokers out of health overhaul

Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because of tobacco penalties in President Barack Obama's healthcare law, according to experts who are just now teasing out the potential impact of a little-noted provision in the massive legislation. For a 55-year-old smoker, the penalty could reach nearly $4,250 a year. A 60-year-old could wind up paying nearly $5,100 on top of premiums.

Read the AP article. >

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Rx

Biotech firms, billions at risk, lobby states to limit generics

In statehouses around the country, some of the nation’s biggest biotechnology companies are lobbying intensively to limit generic competition to their blockbuster drugs, potentially cutting into the billions of dollars in savings on drug costs contemplated in the federal healthcare overhaul law.

Read the NYT article. >

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Telemedicine

Telehealth to reach 1.8 million patients by 2017

In 2012 there was estimated to be 308,000 patients remotely monitored by their healthcare provider for congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, hypertension and mental health conditions worldwide. As healthcare providers seek to reduce readmission rates and track disease progression, telehealth is projected to reach 1.8 million patients worldwide by 2017, according to The World Market for Telehealth – An Analysis of Demand Dynamics – 2012, a new report from InMedica, part of IHS.

Read more about the InMedica report. >

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HIMSS13

Things to see and do at HIMSS13

This year’s HIMSS conference will be held March 3-7 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Based upon the turnout at recent shows, about 1,000 vendors and 30,000 attendees will converge upon the Big Easy for the big show. The exhibition will feature the usual slate of guests and keynote speakers, education sessions, networking opportunities and vendor booths. Here are some other happenings to be aware of.

Read the HMT article. >

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Claims & Coding

Take part: WEDI conducting ICD-10 progress survey

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) has released a new online survey designed to measure the progress of ICD-10 implementation within the nation’s healthcare industry and the impact of the compliance date extension to October 1, 2014. The results of the online survey will be used by WEDI and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to evaluate challenges and identify areas in need of additional education and assistance. The survey is open through Wednesday, February 20, 2013, and available to any individual associated with healthcare organizations (vendors, health plans, healthcare providers, etc.).

Take the ICD-10 survey. >

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Healthcare Law

TurboTax, not Travelocity, may be better analogy for health exchanges

For years, we've been hearing that health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act are going to be "online marketplaces, like Travelocity" where people will buy health policies like plane tickets. But a consumer focus group in Colorado suggests people are going to want something more like TurboTax.

Read the KHN article. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

Feds: Ariz. overbilled Medicaid program

Arizona failed to properly document efforts to enroll children in its Medicaid program for years and overcharged the federal government nearly $12 million, auditors found in a report expected to be released soon.

Read the Arizona Republic article. >

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Economic Outlook

Four healthcare businesses that will see 'tailwinds' in 2nd Obama term

With Barack Obama’s inauguration to a second term, so launches a boom in the next 12 months for the healthcare industry preparing to provide benefits and services to potentially 30 million uninsured Americans.

Read the Forbes article. >

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Most popular last issue: 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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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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