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April 23, 2013 / Issue 18

In this issue:

Healthcare CIOs: Putting the patient first when it comes to health IT

Use your personal smartphone for work email? Your company might take it

Analysis: Ahead of reform, medical care slowdown hits companies

New hospital gown at Henry Ford Hospital has patients' backs

'The Drinking Man's Diet' and more ways to lose weight in the 'Mad Men' era

Health insurance actuaries in the hot seat on ‘rate shock’

When HIPAA and states collide

Health IT workgroup to discuss patient safety, innovation and regulatory efficiency

CHIME to HHS: Extend certification criteria to HIE market

Plan now to attend the ICD-10 forum

CMS announces 2014 Medicare Shared Savings Program application deadlines

The lies we tell in the exam room

Most popular last issue: 10 best strategies for infection prevention and control

Hot Clips: Meaningful Use


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Feature Article: The Big Picture

Healthcare CIOs: Putting the patient first when it comes to health IT

Here’s some simple advice for handling a multitude of priorities successfully.

By Don Dally, PerfectServe

Read the HMT featured article. >

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Mobile Tech

Use your personal smartphone for work email? Your company might take it

If you use your personal smartphone or tablet to read work email, your company may have to seize the device some day, and you may not get it back for months.

Read the NBC News article. >

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Health Law

Analysis: Ahead of reform, medical care slowdown hits companies

As the clock ticks down to the start of a U.S. healthcare overhaul, companies from device makers to hospital chains have been surprised to see Americans make even fewer trips to the doctor's office.

Read the Reuters article. >

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Hospitals

New hospital gown at Henry Ford Hospital has patients' backs

The despised hospital gown with its drafty backside may soon be a relic. Researchers at Henry Ford Health System have come up with a snugger alternative: a wrap-around robe.

Read the Detroit News article. >

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Personal Health

'The Drinking Man's Diet' and more ways to lose weight in the 'Mad Men' era

Last season, we saw our favorite angry housewife, Betty Francis, attending an early Weight Watchers meeting. But someone like Betty, a trim disciplinarian who suddenly finds herself overweight for the first time in her life, might well be tempted to try one of the era's questionable fad diets, say experts.

Read the TODAY article. >

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Health Law

Health insurance actuaries in the hot seat on ‘rate shock’

Few aspects of the Affordable Care Act are more critical to its success than affordability, but in recent weeks experts have predicted costs for some health plans could soar next year.

Read the KHN article. >

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Privacy

When HIPAA and states collide

Far from Direct messaging or clinical repositories, a more basic form of health information exchange comes in the form of families managing the healthcare of elderly relatives and seeking their medical records at the end of life and after death.

Read the Government Health IT article. >

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Health IT Policy

Health IT workgroup to discuss patient safety, innovation and regulatory efficiency

Members of a new workgroup that will focus on identifying key considerations to improve patient safety and promote innovation in health information technology (Health IT), including mobile medical applications, have been selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The workgroup will report to the Health IT Policy Committee that advises the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

Read the HHS article. >

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Interoperability

CHIME to HHS: Extend certification criteria to HIE market

The government should explore ways to extend the concept of certification to the health information exchange marketplace to advance interoperability, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) said April 18 in comments submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Read the CHIME article. >

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Events: ICD-10

Plan now to attend the ICD-10 forum

HIMSS Media group invites you to one of the most important, mission-critical events of the year: the ICD-10 Forum, held June 17-18 in the Washington, D.C. area. The event is for CIOs, IT directors and other healthcare leaders and is specifically designed to position them to provide leadership and guidance to successful ICD-10 compliance by the October 2014 deadline.

Learn more about the event. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

CMS announces 2014 Medicare Shared Savings Program application deadlines

CMS has released the application schedule for joining the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) in January 2014. CMS moved the application deadlines forward by one month, starting the process in May rather than June this year.

Read the Advisory Board Co. article. >

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Personal Health

The lies we tell in the exam room

Doctors and patients are never supposed to lie directly to each other. Of course, rare indeed is the examining room where complete mutual honesty prevails.

Read the NYT article. >

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Most popular last issue: Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI)

10 best strategies for infection prevention and control

Four infection prevention and process improvement experts weigh in on the 10 best strategies for prevention of infections.

Read the Becker's Hospital Review 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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