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April 30, 2013 / Issue 19

In this issue:

A day in the life of an implantable device

Obama administration simplifies healthcare form

10 overlooked opportunities for hospital cost savings

Smartphone comparison 2013

Startup helps health insurance cards go digital

Debate heats up over U.S. prescription drug tracking

Survey: Hospitals unprepared for ICD-10

Ranking the highest and lowest paid specialties

Certification for EHR products revoked

HHS to increase reward for reporting fraud to nearly $10 million

Carestream ships more than 6,000 wireless DR detectors

How much exercise to work off this sandwich?

Most popular last issue: Use your personal smartphone for work email? Your company might take it

Hot Clips: Meaningful Use


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Feature Article: Supply Chain Tracking

A day in the life of an implantable device

How collaboration and change can avoid errors and waste.

By Suzanne Alexander-Vaughn, GHX

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Health Law

Obama administration simplifies healthcare form

The first draft was as mind numbing and complex as tax forms. Now the Obama administration is unveiling a simplified application for health insurance benefits under the federal healthcare overhaul. Details to be released this week include a three-page short form that single people can fill out.

Read the AP article. >

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Hospitals

10 overlooked opportunities for hospital cost savings

Reducing expenses continues to be a top priority for hospitals and health systems, and there are several untapped performance areas where hospitals can find millions in cost savings, according to a whitepaper from Huron Healthcare.

Read the Becker's Hospital Review article. >

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Mobile Tech

Smartphone comparison 2013

Gizmag breaks down the top smartphones of (early) 2013 by size, weight, storage, features and so much more.

Read the Gizmag article. >

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Insurance

Startup helps health insurance cards go digital

As more of our lives go digital, a Philadelphia startup has a plan for making our flimsy paper insurance cards virtual. With a virtual insurance card, physicians could get a more seamless, reliable way of collecting payments and patients could get better information on how much healthcare costs.

Read the USA Today article. >

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Rx

Debate heats up over U.S. prescription drug tracking

U.S. lawmakers seeking to create a national set of standards for tracking prescription drugs as they pass through the distribution chain heard testimony last Thursday from government and industry officials about how stringent the regulations should be.

Read the Reuters article. >

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Claims & Coding

Survey: Hospitals unprepared for ICD-10

The pace at which hospital administrators, health information professionals and compliance employees are moving toward the ICD-10 transition has elicited concern among industry leaders, according to a new survey that finds some 20 percent of small- and mid-size hospitals have yet to begin any education or training for what's been billed as one of the biggest shifts U.S. healthcare organizations have ever faced.

Read the Government Health IT article. >

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Doctors

Ranking the highest and lowest paid specialties

For the first time in several years, physicians in nearly every specialty saw at least a 1 percent increase in their annual salary, according to Medscape Medical News' 2013 Physician Compensation Report.

Read the Advisory Board article. >

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EHRs

Certification for EHR products revoked

Two electronic health records from EHRMagic, previously certified as part of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, have had their certifications revoked.

Read the HHS announcement. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

HHS to increase reward for reporting fraud to nearly $10 million

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a proposed rule last week that would increase rewards paid to Medicare beneficiaries and other individuals whose tips about suspected fraud lead to the successful recovery of funds.

Read the CMS announcement. >

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Radiology

Carestream ships more than 6,000 wireless DR detectors

Carestream Health has shipped more than 6,000 DRX detectors since launching the CARESTREAM DRX-1, a revolutionary wireless X-ray detector that delivers high-quality, affordable digital X-ray images in about four seconds.

Read more from Carestream. >

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Personal Health

How much exercise to work off this sandwich?

In a recent study, diners who ordered from restaurant menus that listed the amount of brisk walking required to work off each dish were less likely to overeat than those with menus that listed calories or no health information.

Read the NYT article. >

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Most popular last issue: 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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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. Meaningful, meaningful use
    Moving beyond implementation to strategy and analysis to improve clinical processes.
  2. Engaging staff to engage patients
    Patient engagement is essential for meaningful use, and studies show it is becoming more definitively linked to consumer satisfaction.
  3. Emerging directions in analytics
    Predictive analytics will play an indispensable role in healthcare transformation and reform.
  4. 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.
  5. Achieve compliance with SNOMED CT
    How capturing problem lists affects Stage 2 MU strategies.

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