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March 19, 2013 / Issue 13

In this issue:

Electronic faxing transforms healthcare data delivery

Hospital ratings are in the eye of the beholder

Will collecting data on your body make you healthier?

Can a sweepstakes encourage you to take your meds?

Applying for Obama healthcare plan not easy

Finding a partner for children’s health in centralized care

AHIMA calls for nominations to recognize outstanding achievement in health information management (HIM)

House lawmakers to examine regulation of medical apps

GE partners with NFL and Under Armour to tackle concussions

CMS: Meaningful-use EHR incentives hit $12.3B in February

Affordable Care Act extended free preventive care to 71 million Americans with private health insurance

Children's severe food allergies fade after one doc's new treatment

Most popular last week: 6 mistakes hospitals make in patient satisfaction efforts

Hot Clips: ACOs


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Feature Article: Cloud-Based Faxing

Electronic faxing transforms healthcare data delivery

From security to health-record management, the benefits of cloud-based fax technology keep increasing.

By Scott Hagenus, GFI Software

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Hospitals

Hospital ratings are in the eye of the beholder

How good a hospital is St. Mary Mercy Livonia Hospital? Depends on whom you ask. The Leapfrog Group, a respected nonprofit that promotes patient safety, gave an "A" to this Michigan hospital. The company Healthgrades named it one of America's best 50 hospitals. But the Joint Commission, a nonprofit organization that accredits hospitals, and U.S. News and World Report omitted St. Mary from their best hospital lists. Consumer Reports gave it an average safety score of 47 points out of 100, citing high numbers of readmissions, poor communication with patients and excessive use of scans. Medicare, which has a new program rewarding hospitals for meeting certain quality measures, is reducing St. Mary's payments by a fraction this year. What gives?

Read the KHN article. >

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Mobile Devices

Will collecting data on your body make you healthier?

With more body-tracking gadgets that can record everything from running blood pressure to respiration to perspiration rates and more, the next question is – so what? What are we supposed to make of the massive amounts of data that these constantly tracking devices amass?

Read the TIME article. >

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Rx

Can a sweepstakes encourage you to take your meds?

CVS Caremark and Vitality GlowCaps are working together in a new randomized control trial using GlowCaps to test the effectiveness of sweepstakes to improve medication adherence. GlowCaps, the music-making, glowing, cellular-connected caps designed to help people remember to take their pills, are a high-profile product in connected health.

Read the MobiHealthNews article. >

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Health Law

Applying for Obama healthcare plan not easy

Applying for benefits under President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul could be as daunting as doing your taxes. The government's draft application runs 15 pages for a three-person family. An outline of the online version has 21 steps, some with additional questions.

Read the AP article. >

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Coordinated Care

Finding a partner for children’s health in centralized care

A pilot program at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin coordinates care for medically needy children, providing access to pediatric physicians, medical specialists and behavioral healthcare, while offering family support services.

Read the NYT article. >

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Awards

AHIMA calls for nominations to recognize outstanding achievement in health information management (HIM)

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is looking to honor a healthcare delivery organization that has outstanding and innovative approaches to health information management. The chosen hospital, clinic or other healthcare delivery organization will be acknowledged by receiving the second AHIMA Grace Award. Evaluation criteria include how organizations contribute to a patient-centered model of care, advance electronic health records and integrate HIM throughout the workplace. The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics won last year. Think you’ve got what it takes? Application deadline is June 30, 2013.

Learn more about the AHIMA award. >

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Mobile Health

House lawmakers to examine regulation of medical apps

House lawmakers said last Tuesday that they will conduct a three-day series of hearings this week to look at how the Food and Drug Administration should regulate medical applications on smartphones and tablets.

Read the Washington Post article. >

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Research

GE partners with NFL and Under Armour to tackle concussions

GE, the National Football League and Under Armour recently launched a $60 million partnership designed to speed up diagnosis and improve treatment for mild traumatic brain injuries and stimulate new research and innovation in the field.

Read the GE Reports article. >

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Meaningful Use

CMS: Meaningful-use EHR incentives hit $12.3B in February

With some healthcare providers now into their second year of meaningful-use reporting, Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record payments were estimated at $12.3 billion paid to a total of 219,000 physicians and hospitals through February since the program’s inception.

Read the Government Health IT article. >

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Health Law

Affordable Care Act extended free preventive care to 71 million Americans with private health insurance

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced yesterday that about 71 million Americans in private health insurance plans received coverage for at least one free preventive healthcare service, such as a mammogram or flu shot, in 2011 and 2012 because of the Affordable Care Act.

Read the HHS article. >

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Personal Health

Children's severe food allergies fade after one doc's new treatment

There was a time not long ago when even the tiniest drop of whipped cream could have killed 10-year-old Tessa Grosso. She was allergic to milk, wheat, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts and shellfish. But under the care of Dr. Kari Nadeau, a pediatric allergy and immunology specialist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., Tessa has become the world’s first person to be desensitized to more than one allergen at the same time.

Read the TODAY article. >

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

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