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March 12, 2013 / Issue 12

In this issue:

Clinical engineering’s evolving role and impact on medical device security and compliance

Sequestration's healthcare cuts: From vaccinations to research

CHIME CIO compensation survey reveals base salary and imbursement influencers for healthcare’s top IT executives

6 mistakes hospitals make in patient satisfaction efforts

Just one in 50 health plans meets ACA benefits requirements

Some fear EHR meaningful use is too much, too soon for doctors

HHS announces agenda to bring down costs and improve care using health information technology

Anger management courses are a new tool for dealing with out-of-control doctors

‘We have a limited window of opportunity’: CDC warns of resistance ‘nightmare’

Too little sleep fuels your appetite, study says

Most popular last week: Waterproof phones and tablets make a splash

Hot Clips: ACOs


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Feature Article: Security

Clinical engineering’s evolving role and impact on medical device security and compliance

With HIPAA penalties and enforcement on the rise, it’s important that clinical engineers understand how to safely maintain the patient data flowing in and through connected medical devices — including the not-so-obvious ones.

By Derek Brost, eProtex

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Budgets

Sequestration's healthcare cuts: From vaccinations to research

The cuts will likely affect how poorer Americans get maternal care, vaccinate children and get mental illness treatment, even if the cuts mostly spare Medicare and Medicaid.

Read the Stateline article. >

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Salaries

CHIME CIO compensation survey reveals base salary and imbursement influencers for healthcare’s top IT executives

Healthcare CIOs earned an average base salary of $208,417 in 2012, according to a recent survey conducted by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). However, the survey found that compensation for IT leaders varied widely based on several factors, including size and type of organization, title held by the respondent and reporting relationships.

Read about the CHIME survey. >

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Patient Satisfaction

6 mistakes hospitals make in patient satisfaction efforts

Hospitals' and health systems' efforts to raise patient satisfaction scores take more than good intentions. In fact, these efforts can be riddled with management mistakes if not implemented thoughtfully and deliberately.

Read the Becker's Hospital Review article. >

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Health Law

Just one in 50 health plans meets ACA benefits requirements

Just one out of every 50 health plans in the private insurance market currently meets the minimum coverage or essential health benefit standards that will be required in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a new HealthPocket analysis.

Read the Advisory Board article. >

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EHRs

Some fear EHR meaningful use is too much, too soon for doctors

A new report shows the range of electronic health record use by state. But some experts worry if rapid adoption could compromise safety and efficiency.

Read the AMA news. >

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HIEs

HHS announces agenda to bring down costs and improve care using health information technology

HHS is setting the goal of 50 percent of physician offices using electronic health records (EHRs) and 80 percent of eligible hospitals receiving meaningful-use incentive payments by the end of 2013.

Read the HHS article. >

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Doctors

Anger management courses are a new tool for dealing with out-of-control doctors

For generations, bad behavior by doctors has been explained away as an inevitable product of stress or tacitly accepted by administrators reluctant to take action and risk alienating the medical staff, but that time-honored tolerance is waning.

Read the Washington Post article. >

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Superbugs

‘We have a limited window of opportunity’: CDC warns of resistance ‘nightmare’

It’s not often that you get to hear a top federal health official deliberately deploy a headline-grabbing word such as “nightmare,” or warn: “We have a very serious problem, and we need to sound an alarm.” Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said both last Tuesday, during a press conference announcing new CDC statistics on the advance of the highly drug-resistant bacteria known as CRE.

Read the Wired article. >

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Personal Health

Too little sleep fuels your appetite, study says

Getting too little sleep during the workweek may take a toll on the waistline, according to a new study. Participants who lived for two weeks in a sleep lab gained almost two pounds over a five-night period when they were limited to five hours of sleep nightly. When they returned to sleeping as much as nine hours a night, they ate less and lost a small amount of weight.

Read the NBC News article. >

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Most popular last issue: Mobile Devices

Waterproof phones and tablets make a splash

A soaked phone or tablet has traditionally meant shelling out for a costly replacement. But new technology has moved beyond waterproof cases and "rugged" cell phones designed to withstand rough conditions.

Read the CNN article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: ACOs

Click on the highlighted links below to read the top HMT archival properties concerning accountable care organizations (ACOs), a topic that is at the forefront of healthcare discussions.

  1. This isn't my information!
    The impact of accurate identity management on patient safety.
  2. Better health begins with better understanding
    Industry experts discuss disease management solutions.
  3. ACOs set to expand cost savings
    Looking for proof that ACOs will work? It already exists.
  4. Prescription for ACOs
    Telehealth is transforming healthcare delivery by removing traditional barriers, such as distance, mobility and time constraints.

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