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April 2, 2013 / Issue 15

In this issue:

IBM’s Watson gets to work transforming care of cancer patients

New HIPAA rules pose challenges for healthcare industry

Job prospects are dimming for radiology trainees

MGMA, others back bill to amend MU penalties

Small-business insurance market from health law delayed a year

Reports of hospital mistakes now available online

CDW report: Work imitates life in cloud computing adoption

Officials unveil resilience mobile app for healthcare providers

'Astronomical' rise in ADHD diagnoses raises questions

Medicare dashboard advances ACA goals for chronic conditions

Generic Rx drugs cheapest at Costco, Consumer Reports finds

Most popular last issue: As telehealth grows, experts question cost benefits

Hot Clips: Meaningful Use


Patient Engagement Starts with Regular Focused Communication

Feature Article: Evidenced-Based Care

IBM’s Watson gets to work transforming care of cancer patients

WellPoint and Memorial Sloan-Kettering train the IBM super computing system in oncology and utilization management.

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Health Information Privacy

New HIPAA rules pose challenges for healthcare industry

As the healthcare industry gears up to comply with new Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations that took effect March 26, providers are looking for guidance on how broader patient-privacy rules could affect their businesses.

Read the Reuters article. >

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Radiology

Job prospects are dimming for radiology trainees

For years, medical students who chose a residency in radiology were said to be on the ROAD to happiness. The acronym highlighted the specialties – radiology, ophthalmology, anesthesiology and dermatology – said to promise the best lifestyle for doctors, including the most money for the least grueling work. Not anymore.

Read the NYT article. >

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Meaningful Use

MGMA, others back bill to amend MU penalties

A newly proposed bill garnering the support of several medical associations would establish exemptions and amend certain penalties for Medicare providers struggling to attest to meaningful use.

Read the Government Health IT article. >

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Health Law

Small-business insurance market from health law delayed a year

Small-business employees will have to wait a year before they can choose their own medical plans after the Obama administration delayed a part of the 2010 U.S. healthcare law intended to provide them with coverage options.

Read the Bloomberg article. >

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Hospitals

Reports of hospital mistakes now available online

Hospitals make mistakes. When they are reported – by patients, employees or family members – state and federal officials investigate. Now, for the first time, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has released those inspection reports for hospitals nationwide from the past two years.

Read the AP article. >

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Cloud Computing

CDW report: Work imitates life in cloud computing adoption

CDW’s new 2013 State of the Cloud Report, an assessment of the current and future drivers behind cloud computing adoption in the United States, finds that more than half of organizations are migrating or planning to migrate specific applications or infrastructure to the cloud, and that personal use of cloud services is significantly influencing organizational decisions. The report is based on a survey of 1,242 IT professionals familiar with their organization’s plans for the cloud.

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Wellness Apps

Officials unveil resilience mobile app for healthcare providers

Military healthcare providers now have a mobile application to help keep them productive and emotionally healthy as they cope with burnout and compassion fatigue. The Provider Resilience app, from the Defense Department's National Center for Telehealth and Technology, is the first mobile application for healthcare workers to build resilience for the stress in their lives.

Read the U.S. Department of Defense article. >

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Personal Health

'Astronomical' rise in ADHD diagnoses raises questions

A new CDC report finds that the number of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has increased 53 percent over the last decade – but some experts say that increase may reflect overuse of the diagnosis and its medications.

Read the Advisory Board article. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

Medicare dashboard advances ACA goals for chronic conditions

A new Medicare Chronic Conditions Dashboard furthers the Affordable Care Act’s goals for health promotion and the prevention and management of multiple chronic conditions. The dashboard offers researchers, physicians, public health professionals and policymakers an easy-to-use tool to get current data on where multiple chronic conditions occur, which services they require and how much Medicare spends helping beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions.

Read the HHS announcement. >

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Rx

Generic Rx drugs cheapest at Costco, Consumer Reports finds

Some of the most popular prescription drugs that recently became available in generic form are sold at the lowest prices at Costco and at the highest prices at CVS Caremark, according to an analysis by Consumer Reports.

Read the NBC News article. >

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Most popular last issue: Telemedicine

As telehealth grows, experts question cost benefits

Monitoring patients at home using modern technology, so-called “telehealth,” is tipped as the next big thing in healthcare, but a new study by British researchers suggests it may not be worth the extra expense.

View the Reuters article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Meaningful Use

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

  1. Achieve compliance with SNOMED CT
    How capturing problem lists affects Stage 2 MU strategies.
  2. Meaningful, meaningful use
    Moving beyond implementation to strategy and analysis to improve clinical processes.
  3. Engaging staff to engage patients
    Patient engagement is essential for meaningful use, and studies show it is becoming more definitively linked to consumer satisfaction.
  4. Emerging directions in analytics
    Predictive analytics will play an indispensable role in healthcare transformation and reform.
  5. Meaningful-use implications for selecting radiology EHRs
    For radiology practices, it's important to find a vendor that can unify the EHR, PACS/RIS and patient portal.

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