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February 5, 2013 / Issue 6

In this issue:

Great patient care begins at registration

5 things that could make BlackBerry 10 a hit

What will drive HIE growth? Business value for providers

Unplugged: Why is Michael Dell buying back his company?

Out-of-network billing is 'out of control,' report finds

Battles erupt over filling doctors' shoes

Reforms of regulatory requirements to save healthcare providers $676 million annually

Healthcare spending in America, in two graphs

Boomers aging worse than past generation, report suggests

Be there even if you can’t be there

Comprehensive RAC solutions

Hospitals reassess the age factor in evaluating candidates for kidney transplants

GSU to offer health informatics degree

Congratulations to winner of HMT’s Signet ad survey

Most popular last issue: Is an 'Ultimate' iPad in the works?

Hot Clips: ICD-10



Feature Article: Revenue Cycle Mgmt

Great patient care begins at registration

But collecting initial information is just the beginning in the integrated revenue management cycle.

By Blair Baker, Emdeon

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View the NEW exciting White Papers and Webinars on HMT!

Navigate the Change in Healthcare

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

6 Critical Tips Regarding Hospital Smartphone Integration

Intelligent Medicine by Design

Click here to read these white papers. >


Mobile Tech

5 things that could make BlackBerry 10 a hit

For one, a new feature called Balance splits a BlackBerry phone into two separate devices, one for work and one for personal use. The separate profiles cordon off sensitive work information so that IT departments can control the flow of data.

Read the CNN article. >

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HIEs

What will drive HIE growth? Business value for providers

The business value for providers and patients is what will drive health information exchange forward, even though most discussions typically center on the technology involved. And different uses for exchange will require different technologies.

Read the Government Health IT article. >

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Tech Movers

Unplugged: Why is Michael Dell buying back his company?

"Hey, dude, you're gettin' a Dell." Remember that seminal ad campaign for the personal computer maker from Round Rock, Texas? Only this time the dude is chairman and CEO Michael Dell himself, and he's not just getting a custom-built PC. He's buying the whole company, with a little help, of course, from his friends on Wall Street and in Redmond, Wash.

Read the USA Today article. >

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Claims

Out-of-network billing is 'out of control,' report finds

A health insurance industry report released on Friday highlights the exorbitant fees charged by some doctors to out-of-network patients. The report, by America’s Health Insurance Plans, or AHIP, contrasts some of the highest bills charged by non-network providers in 30 states with Medicare rates for the same services. Some of the charges, the insurers assert, are 30, 40 or nearly 100 times greater than Medicare rates.

Read the NBC News article. >

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Doctors

Battles erupt over filling doctors' shoes

As physician assistants and other midlevel health professionals fill growing gaps in primary healthcare, turf battles are erupting in many states over what they can and can't do in medical practices.

Read the WSJ article. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

Reforms of regulatory requirements to save healthcare providers $676 million annually

Reforms to Medicare regulations identified as unnecessary, obsolete or excessively burdensome on hospitals and healthcare providers would save nearly $676 million annually, and $3.4 billion over five years, through a rule proposed Feb. 4 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services (CMS). Read about the proposed rule.

Read the HHS article. >

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By The Numbers

Healthcare spending in America, in two graphs

Spending on healthcare has, of course, been rising in the U.S. for decades. Healthcare now accounts for 18 cents of every dollar Americans spend, up from 7 cents in 1970. But where, exactly, is all that money going?

Read the KHN article. >

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Personal Health

Boomers aging worse than past generation, report suggests

Only 13 percent of boomers report “excellent health,” compared to 32 percent of the earlier generation at that age.

Read the NBC News article. >

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HIMSS13: Optimize Your Experience

Be there even if you can’t be there

If you are unable to attend HIMSS13 in person, you can still get in on the action. HIMSS13 Online provides access to select portions of both live and on-demand events for a one-time fee of $39. Participants can gain valuable information and engage with peers as they seek out practical solutions to healthcare’s most demanding challenges. If you plan to attend the conference in person, add HIMSS13 Online to your registration and gain access to event highlights – during and after the show. Get a sneak peek at this offering.

Click here to learn more. >

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HIMSS13: Learn About RAC Solutions

Comprehensive RAC solutions

Revenue Integrity Compass from The Advisory Board Co. is more than RAC tracking – it’s a comprehensive business technology solution that protects current revenues from audit activity across all payers, systematically addresses clinical documentation issues to prevent future losses, minimizes compliance risk and identifies underpaid claims. For an invitation to the Advisory Board’s Member Appreciation Reception at HIMSS 2013, please contact Jordan English at englishj@advisory.com.

Learn more about Revenue Integrity Compass. >

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Personal Health

Hospitals reassess the age factor in evaluating candidates for kidney transplants

Robert Brown was healthy, willing and a good match: So why not give a kidney to his wife, who otherwise would need dialysis? There was just one potential obstacle: Brown was 74, an age once unthinkable for a kidney donor.

Read the Washington Post article. >

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Education

GSU to offer health informatics degree

Georgia State University will offer a new undergraduate degree in health informatics. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services projects that the United States will face a shortfall of 51,000 health information technology workers over the next four years.

Read the Atlanta Business Chronicle article. >

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HMT Survey Winner

Congratulations to winner of HMT’s Signet ad survey

HMT’s December Signet ad survey winner, randomly selected from all who participated, is Maribeth Lane, HIT program director at Northwest Iowa Community College. In addition to our gratitude, Maribeth will also receive an American Express card worth $100.

Signet Research – a leading provider of ad measurement studies specializing in publication, association and advertising research – conducted an AdProbe study on the December 2012 issue of Health Management Technology. The objective of the study is to provide comparative feedback on the effectiveness of ads from a particular issue.

According to Signet, “By analyzing the effectiveness of the content of each ad and comparing it to others in the same issue, advertisers are given the opportunity to find new ways to better communicate with their audience and realize a stronger return of investment with their media buy.”

Congratulations to Maribeth, and thanks to all of you who took time out of your busy schedules to participate in the survey.

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Most popular last issue: Mobile Tech

Is an 'Ultimate' iPad in the works?

Apple to launch 128GB iPad.

Read the Yahoo Finance article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: ICD-10

Click on the highlighted links below to read the top HMT archival properties concerning ICD-10, a topic that is at the forefront of healthcare discussions.

  1. Code explosion: Can current NLP technology handle ICD-10?
  2. How ICD-10 impacts revenue cycle management
  3. ICD-10 FAQ
  4. Five steps to avoid ICD-10 stress
  5. ICD-10, Claims & Coding Solutions Guide, December 2012

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