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February 26, 2013 / Issue 8

In this issue:

An Epic journey: Implementing a single-bill initiative

A digital shift on health data swells profits in an industry

C-Suite Watch List of Top 10 Hospital Technology Issues for 2013 released

Half of U.S. patients can access Obamacare's 'accountable care organizations'

Coupons for prescriptions to be integrated into EHRs

Key long-term-care insurer to raise women's premiums

Healthcare law protects consumers against worst insurance practices

ONC launches Stage 2 meaningful-use education module

Doctors warn about medical tests, treatments you don't need

HIMSS13: Be there even if you can’t be there

FDA approves first bionic eye

New clue shows why some never get a cold

Most popular last week: How Samsung is out-innovating Apple

Hot Clips: ICD-10


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Feature Article: Billing

An Epic journey: Implementing a single-bill initiative

A new CHIME case study illustrates the wide impact of IT in facilitating business office improvement.

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EHRs

A digital shift on health data swells profits in an industry

As doctors and hospitals struggle to make new records systems work, the clear winners are big digital-records companies like Allscripts that lobbied for that legislation and pushed aside smaller competitors.

Read the NYT article. >

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Trends

C-Suite Watch List of Top 10 Hospital Technology Issues for 2013 released

A new Watch List from ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit that researches best approaches to improving patient care, provides a roadmap to 10 technology issues that healthcare leaders should have on their radar in 2013 and beyond. From electronic health records and mHealth to metabolic surgery and lung cancer screening, this Top 10 list covers issues that impact patient safety, capital expenditures and care delivery.

Get the ECRI white paper. >

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Accountable Care

Half of U.S. patients can access Obamacare's 'accountable care organizations'

The latest analysis from consulting firm Oliver Wyman says more than half of the U.S. population lives in “localities served by ACOs,” which link medical care providers together to improve quality. If the providers in the ACO achieve better outcomes, they divvy up money saved with the health plans.

Read the Forbes article. >

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EHRs

Coupons for prescriptions to be integrated into EHRs

Physicians Interactive and Greenway Medical Technologies are collaborating to deliver pharmaceutical coupons to users of Greenway's PrimeSUITE solution.

Read the Physicians Interactive release. >

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Insurance

Key long-term-care insurer to raise women's premiums

Starting next year, the Affordable Care Act will largely prohibit insurers who sell individual and small-group health policies from charging women higher premiums than men for the same coverage. Long-term-care insurance, however, isn't bound by that law, and the country's largest provider of such coverage has announced it will begin setting its prices based on sex this spring.

Read the KHN article. >

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Health Law

Healthcare law protects consumers against worst insurance practices

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule on Feb. 22 that implements five key consumer protections from the Affordable Care Act and aims to make the health insurance market work better for individuals, families and small businesses.

Read the HHS article. >

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Meaningful Use

ONC launches Stage 2 meaningful-use education module

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has launched a self-paced education module on the "transitions of care" from both a meaningful-use and electronic health record technology certification perspective.

Read the Becker's Hospital Review article. >

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Personal Health

Doctors warn about medical tests, treatments you don't need

Seventeen of the top medical specialty groups, representing pediatricians, ear, nose and throat specialists, family doctors and others, released their latest list of common tests, treatments and procedures that people don’t need.

Read the NBC News article. >

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Optimize Your Experience

HIMSS13: 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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Health Science

FDA approves first bionic eye

Last Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a device created by Second Sight Medical Products that can be used to treat a rare type of blindness called retinitis pigmentosa. The artificial retina, called the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System, consists of a panel of electrodes that is surgically implanted in the eye and a pair of glasses with an attached camera. It is the first implantable device to treat the condition.

Read the CNN article. >

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Personal Health

New clue shows why some never get a cold

In an intriguing new study, researchers isolated a biological marker that appears to predict who is most likely to catch cold.

Read the NBC News article. >

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Most popular last issue: Mobile Tech

How Samsung is out-innovating Apple

It's no longer about being just as good as Apple. You have to be better. The evidence is everywhere, but it's most apparent in products made by Apple's biggest mobile rival, Samsung.

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

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