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May 21, 2013 / Issue 22

In this issue:

The power of the Purple Button

CMS: Do EHRs lead to upcoding?

EHR dissatisfaction: A tech or people problem?

U.S. Senate confirms Tavenner as Medicare/Medicaid chief

AMA: Skipping ICD-10 for ICD-11 is 'not recommended'

CVS ends refill reminders as new privacy rule looms

Suit alleges IRS improperly seized 60 million personal medical records

Doctors take their tablets to work

Chorus of critics greets new psychiatric manual release

With high deductible health plans, it pays to shop around for care

iPads could affect implanted heart devices, early study finds

What do we eat? New food map will tell us what we buy at stores and what we consume

Most popular last issue: The scientific 7-minute workout

Hot Clips: Telemedicine


Mobile Technology

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Feature Article: EHRs

The power of the Purple Button

With the right technology, healthcare organizations can securely and effectively exchange patient safety information while complying with federal regulations.

By Douglas Dotan, CRG Medical

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EHRs

CMS: Do EHRs lead to upcoding?

The accuracy of physician documentation has been scrutinized for years, but a relatively new focus of complaints involves how doctors use features of electronic health record systems to support their claims.

Read the AMA news article. >

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EHRs

EHR dissatisfaction: A tech or people problem?

Doctors and nurses really don’t like their new electronic health records systems. And, as EHR implementations increase ahead of government deadlines for incentive dollars, dissatisfaction among clinicians is growing. The problem might be that EHR implementation is treated as a purely technological issue when in reality it is a workforce issue.

Read the Government Health IT article. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

U.S. Senate confirms Tavenner as Medicare/Medicaid chief

Last Wednesday the U.S. Senate confirmed Marilyn Tavenner, a former nurse and hospital company executive, as the first full-fledged administrator for the Medicare and Medicaid healthcare programs since 2006.

Read the Reuters article. >

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ICD-10

AMA: Skipping ICD-10 for ICD-11 is 'not recommended'

The American Medical Association (AMA) has released a report clarifying its position on the idea of skipping ICD-10 altogether and moving straight to ICD-11 when it becomes available in an unknown number of years. While the AMA has been protesting the implementation of ICD-10 for some time, and continues to do so, the report states that moving straight to ICD-11 is “fraught with pitfalls” and “not recommended.”

Read the EHR Intelligence article. >

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Rx

CVS ends refill reminders as new privacy rule looms

File this under “unintended consequences.” In response to a new federal rule that is designed to strengthen patient privacy protections, CVS has decided to end its so-called refill reminder program that is funded by the pharmaceutical industry.

Read the PharmaLive article. >

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Data Security

Suit alleges IRS improperly seized 60 million personal medical records

The Internal Revenue Service is facing a class action lawsuit alleging that more than 60 million personal medical records were improperly seized by agents from the embattled agency.

Read the Forbes article. >

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Mobile Tech

Doctors take their tablets to work

Broward Health, which has 2,000 physicians who practice at its southeast Florida hospitals, recently launched a "bring your own device" program at its Imperial Point hospital. The program invites doctors to bring their laptops or tablets into the hospital to enroll and encrypt them for use at the hospital or wherever they may want to update their patient orders or see records online. Two hundred physicians have enrolled so far.

Read the Orlando Sentinel article. >

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Mental Health

Chorus of critics greets new psychiatric manual release

The fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association's manual of mental disorders is finally out, offering the latest revision in nearly 20 years of the diagnostic bible used by individuals and agencies, insurers, schools and government bodies to navigate the mental health landscape. But just as it’s birthed, the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders – widely known as the DSM-5 – is under attack by prominent critics, including the chairman of the task force that created the last version.

Read the NBC News article. >

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Insurance

With high deductible health plans, it pays to shop around for care

Welcome to the new world of health insurance where high deductible plans are growing more popular and the consumers in those plans often have an incentive to haggle with providers.

Read the KHN article. >

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Mobile Tech

iPads could affect implanted heart devices, early study finds

Sprawled out on the couch, reading the news on your iPad, you'd never think you could be putting yourself at risk. But you might be, if you happen to have an implanted heart device.

Read the U.S. News & World Report article. >

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Personal Health

What do we eat? New food map will tell us what we buy at stores and what we consume

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have taken existing commercial databases of food items in stores and people’s homes, including the store-based scanner data of 600,000 different foods, and matched that information with the nutrition facts panels on the back of packages and government data on individuals’ dietary intake. The result is an enormous database that has taken almost three years to construct and includes more detail than researchers have ever had on grocery store items – their individual nutritional content, who is buying them and their part in consumers’ diets.

Read the AP article. >

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

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