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May 14, 2013 / Issue 21

In this issue:

Beyond the boom

Hospitals lose $8.3 billion using old technology

CMS makes bid for transparency regarding hospital charges

Obama's health secretary seeks donations from companies for healthcare law

Differences in state spending on consumer assistance could have ‘huge impact’ on marketplace enrollment

ACOs: The least agreed-upon concept in healthcare?

U.S. to delete data on life-threatening mistakes from website

Hospital IT leaders agree on network priorities and future wireless challenges

Competition spurs Oregon insurers to lower proposed rates

Duke engineers build living patch for damaged hearts

Over-diagnosis and over-treatment of depression is common in the U.S.

The scientific 7-minute workout

Most popular last issue: AMA says EHRs create 'appalling catch-22' for docs

Hot Clips: Telemedicine


Mobile Technology

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Feature Article: Providers

Beyond the boom

Signs about the future of the “provider IT boom” do not indicate a soft landing. Here’s what you can do to prepare yourself and your organization.

By Steven Heck, MedSys Group

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Hospitals

Hospitals lose $8.3 billion using old technology

U.S. physicians and hospitals are in the digital dark ages when it comes to using the latest mobile devices and Internet services to deliver patient care. As a result, U.S. hospitals are absorbing an estimated $8.3 billion annual hit in lost productivity and increased patient discharge times, according to a Ponemon Institute survey of 577 healthcare professionals released last week.

Read the USA Today article. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

CMS makes bid for transparency regarding hospital charges

CMS announced a three-part initiative last week that aims, for the first time, to give consumers information on what hospitals charge. A comprehensive hospital data set (“Inpatient Prospective Payment System Provider Level Charges and Medicare Payments for the Top 100 Diagnosis-Related Groups”) released shows significant variation across the country and within communities in what hospitals charge for common for inpatient services. A link to the full chart, which shows some really dramatic price differences, is provided.

Read the CMS post. >

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Health Law

Obama's health secretary seeks donations from companies for healthcare law

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is asking companies for financial donations to help implement President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul, months before it is due to take effect.

Read the Reuters article. >

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Health Law

Differences in state spending on consumer assistance could have ‘huge impact’ on marketplace enrollment

Florida is on course to spend $6 million to reach out to nearly 4 million uninsured people and help them sign up for coverage in the federal health law’s online marketplace this fall. Maryland will spend more than four times as much, or about $24.8 million, to help only about 730,000 uninsured. Why the huge disparity?

Read the KHN article. >

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ACOs

ACOs: The least agreed-upon concept in healthcare?

Healthcare is one of the country's most heavily regulated industries, one also driven by diagnoses, evidence and clinical expertise. Yet, despite this objectivity, one three-letter acronym has caused quite a divide among healthcare policy experts, physicians, health systems and payors. The ACO, or accountable care organization, may very well be the least agreed-upon concept in healthcare today.

Read the Becker's Hospital Review article. >

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Hospitals

U.S. to delete data on life-threatening mistakes from website

Two years ago, over objections from the hospital industry, the U.S. announced it would add data about “potentially life-threatening” mistakes made in hospitals to a website people can search to check on safety performance. Now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is planning to strip the site of the eight hospital-acquired conditions, which include infections and mismatched blood transfusions, while it comes up with a different set.

Read the Bloomberg article. >

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Networks

Hospital IT leaders agree on network priorities and future wireless challenges

HIMSS Analytics has just released the results of a study of hospital IT leaders on information network challenges and barriers, as well as strategies being implemented to address current and future network demands. The findings show that these leaders are aligned in IT infrastructure priorities, but they diverge in their approaches to addressing the current issues relating to network scalability, executive support and the viability and security of cloud computing.

Read the HIMSS Analytics article. >

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Health Law

Competition spurs Oregon insurers to lower proposed rates

Maybe competition among health insurance plans can lead to lower rates. As soon as Oregon became the fourth state to publicly list health insurers’ proposed 2014 rates for individual and small group coverage, two plans moved to cut their suggested prices.

Read the KHN article. >

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Research

Duke engineers build living patch for damaged hearts

Duke University biomedical engineers have grown three-dimensional human heart muscle that acts just like natural tissue. This advancement could be important in treating heart attack patients or in serving as a platform for testing new heart disease medicines.

Read the Duke University article. >

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Personal Health

Over-diagnosis and over-treatment of depression is common in the U.S.

Americans are over-diagnosed and over-treated for depression, according to a new study conducted at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The study examines adults with clinician-identified depression and individuals who experienced major depressive episodes within a 12-month period. It found that when assessed for major depressive episodes using a structured interview, only 38.4 percent of adults with clinician-identified depression met the 12-month criteria for depression, despite the majority of participants being prescribed and using psychiatric medications.

Read the Johns Hopkins article. >

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Personal Health

The scientific 7-minute workout

In 12 exercises deploying only body weight, a chair and a wall, this routine fulfills the latest mandates for high-intensity effort, which essentially combines a long run and a visit to the weight room into about seven minutes of steady discomfort – all of it based on science.

Read the NYT article. >

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Most popular last issue: EHRs

AMA says EHRs create 'appalling catch-22' for docs

As the healthcare industry moves to EHRs, the medical record has essentially been reduced to a tool for billing, compliance and litigation that also has a sustained negative impact on doctors' productivity, according to Steven J. Stack, M.D., chair of the American Medical Association’s board of trustees. “Documenting a full clinical encounter in an EHR is pure torment,” Stack said during the CMS listening session “Billing and Coding with Electronic Health Records” on May 3. And vendor templates that are all similar can make doctors appear to be committing fraud by record cloning.

Read the Government Health IT article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Telemedicine

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

  1. Prescription for ACOs
    Telehealth is transforming healthcare delivery by removing traditional barriers, such as distance, mobility and time constraints.
  2. Preventable readmissions: The care-transition crisis
    Re-hospitalization among the elderly is a serious challenge facing the healthcare system today. Innovative solutions are required.
  3. The key to making telemedicine work
    Successful adoption of telemedicine solutions is all about design and functionality.
  4. HMT’s Telemedicine Solutions Guide
    Latest products and services.

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