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February 12, 2013 / Issue 7

In this issue:

Keys to reversing healthcare’s communications breakdown

Glitch in medical code threatens mental healthcare, therapists warn

R2-D2 4 ICU: GE to develop 'intelligent' hospital robot system to sort and sterilize surgical tools

Price for a new hip? Many hospitals are stumped

Insider's Guide to HIMSS13

AHRQ, CMS announce new children's EHR format

U.S. scales back goal on veterans' health records with an eye on costs

eClinicalWorks invests $25 million in patient engagement

Representative proposes FDA office of wireless health

FAQ on Medicare doctor pay: Why is it so hard to fix?

U.S. military’s BioZen app helps monitor multiple biofeedback sensors

Food, drink industries undermine health policy, study finds

Most popular last issue: Great patient care begins at registration

Hot Clips: ICD-10


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Feature Article: Hospital Communications

Keys to reversing healthcare’s communications breakdown

Three things every hospital exec needs to know.

By Terry Edwards, PerfectServe

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Claims & Coding

Glitch in medical code threatens mental healthcare, therapists warn

A growing number of U.S. mental health professionals say their insurance claims have been denied – and their payments have been withheld – because of problems resulting from nationwide changes in psychotherapy treatment codes that took effect Jan. 1. Worse, systemwide delays and outright denials of payment could last for months, jeopardizing not just the nation’s 500,000 providers, but also access to care for millions of mentally ill Americans.

Read the NBC News article. >

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Robotics

R2-D2 4 ICU: GE to develop 'intelligent' hospital robot system to sort and sterilize surgical tools

The Institute of Medicine estimates that tens of thousands of Americans die needlessly every year from avoidable medical errors, including infections acquired during surgery. GE and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have teamed up to change that.

Read the GE Reports article and watch an informative video. >

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Procedure Costs

Price for a new hip? Many hospitals are stumped

A new paper puts a spotlight on an opaque medical system in which prices are often hidden from consumers and hospitals alike. When queried by telephone, quotes for a hip-replacement procedure ranged from $11,100 to a whopping $125,798.

Read the NYT article. >

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HIMSS13

Insider's Guide to HIMSS13

NextGen Healthcare has put together the "Insider's Guide to HIMSS13," a valuable, downloadable resource that includes tips from a HIMSS veteran, 10 sessions you shouldn't miss, a definitive guide to MU2 and ICD-10, and more.

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EHRs

AHRQ, CMS announce new children's EHR format

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and CMS have announced the new format for children's electronic health records.

Read the Becker's Hospital Review article. >

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EHRs

U.S. scales back goal on veterans' health records with an eye on costs

The U.S. government is ditching ambitious plans to create a single computer system for troops and military veterans to track their health records, opting instead for a more modest, less costly plan that officials said will deliver on goals faster.

Read the Reuters article. >

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EHRs

eClinicalWorks invests $25 million in patient engagement

With 8 million consumers using the company’s electronic patient portal, eClinicalWorks is investing an additional $25 million over the next 12 months to further enhance and expand patient engagement tools under the business unit Health & Online Wellness (healow). In contrast to most mobile health applications available today, healow directly connects patients to their own and family electronic health records (EHRs).

Read more about eClinicalWorks' new venture. >

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Telehealth

Representative proposes FDA office of wireless health

Congressman Michael Honda (D., Calif.), who has been representing Silicon Valley in the U.S. House of Representatives for the past 12 years, recently submitted a bill asking for Congress to create and fund a new office at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that would be called the Office of Wireless Health.

Read the WSJ article. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

FAQ on Medicare doctor pay: Why is it so hard to fix?

While physicians have sidestepped drastic Medicare payment cuts for 2013, doctors’ groups and lawmakers are gearing up for yet another battle to scrap the formula that forces Congress to consider the “doc fix” on a yearly basis.

Read the KHN article. >

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Mobile Tech

U.S. military’s BioZen app helps monitor multiple biofeedback sensors

The U.S. Department of Defense has released a new free Android app that helps integrate and show live data coming from multiple wireless body sensors.

Read the Medgadget article. >

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Personal Health

Food, drink industries undermine health policy, study finds

Multinational food, drink and alcohol companies are using strategies similar to those employed by the tobacco industry to undermine public health policies, health experts said last week.

Read the Reuters article. >

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Most popular last issue: 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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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. The 7 biggest ICD-10 challenges for payers (in no particular order)
  2. Computer-assisted coding top strategy for ICD-10
  3. The ICD-10 delay clarified: What it means for you
  4. ICD-10’s impact on staffing
  5. What ICD-10 means for doctors

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