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July 2, 2013 / Issue 28

In this issue:

Prioritizing secure data delivery in the age of compliance

Digital health records’ risks emerge as deaths blamed on systems

AMA will lobby for two-year ICD-10 grace period

What’s behind the 17 percent EHR Incentive Program dropout rate?

Accounting woes hurt Medicare's tries to get lost money

ZirMed’s first-pass claims acceptance rates are 98 percent plus

athenahealth to create 500 jobs in Atlanta

CMS launches redesigned physician compare website

Homecare telepresence robot undergoes real-world testing

Your child's data is stored in the cloud

Two meals a day may be better for weight loss than 'grazing'

Wearable devices nudge you to health

Most popular last issue: Brought to you by Obamacare: Better hospital food

Hot Clips: Practice Management


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Feature Article: Data Storage/Data Management

Prioritizing secure data delivery in the age of compliance

To address breach-via-email threats, healthcare organizations should complement their existing data-protection solutions with outbound email-screening technologies and best practices.

By Bob Janacek, DataMotion

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EHRs

Digital health records’ risks emerge as deaths blamed on systems

Electronic health records are supposed to improve medical care by providing physicians quick and easy access to a patient’s history, prescriptions, lab results and other vital data. While the new computerized systems have decreased some kinds of errors, such as those caused by doctors’ illegible prescriptions, the shift away from paper has also created new problems, with sometimes dire consequences.

Read the Bloomberg article. >

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ICD-10

AMA will lobby for two-year ICD-10 grace period

During its annual meeting at the end of June, the American Medical Association's House of Delegates voted to lobby lawmakers and CMS for a two-year grace period to avoid complying with the ICD-10 transition deadline in October 2014.

Read the Advisory Board article. >

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EHRs

What’s behind the 17 percent EHR Incentive Program dropout rate?

The pace at which eligible providers are leaving the EHR Incentive Program is higher than most high school dropout rates, according to the latest data from CMS.

Read the EHR Intelligence article. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

Accounting woes hurt Medicare's tries to get lost money

The Medicare system may never collect more than $543 million in overpayments made in 2010, a new federal inspector general's report shows, because Medicare entered only a summary of each bill in its new system.

Read the USA Today article. >

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Claims

ZirMed’s first-pass claims acceptance rates are 98 percent plus

ZirMed, a leading health information connectivity and management solutions company, recently announced that it is consistently achieving a 98 percent or greater running average on its first-pass claims acceptance rates. The best-practice target rate for clean claims is 97 percent, according to HFMA's "HFMA Toolbox: Key revenue cycle metrics."

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Jobs

athenahealth to create 500 jobs in Atlanta

Healthcare information technology company athenahealth Inc. is planning to create 500 jobs in Atlanta, officials announced last Monday. The company specializes in managing cloud-based electronic health records, practice management and care coordination.

Read the CNBC article. >

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Doctors

CMS launches redesigned physician compare website

On June 27, 2013, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Marilyn Tavenner announced the redesign of Physician Compare, a website that allows patients to access information and compare healthcare providers when selecting providers and physicians.

Read the HIMSS news. >

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Telemedicine

Homecare telepresence robot undergoes real-world testing

GiraffPlus is a pan-European, EU-funded project that uses technology to monitor the elderly in their own homes. The system has already been tested in a demo apartment in Sweden. Now GiraffPlus is being taken further afield to be tested in real homes in Sweden, Italy and Spain.

Read the GizMag article. >

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Personal Data

Your child's data is stored in the cloud

Your child's school knows just about everything about your kid. Now, many school districts are storing all that information in the cloud.

Read the CNN article. >

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Personal Health

Two meals a day may be better for weight loss than 'grazing'

We’ve heard for years that a key to weight loss is swapping a few square meals a day for many mini-meals throughout the day. Now, a small but growing body of evidence is suggesting all that “grazing” isn’t necessarily a smart way to control your appetite. In some cases, it may even result in weight gain.

Read the NBC News article. >

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Personal Health

Wearable devices nudge you to health

You’ve heard of the Quantified Self movement? It’s the rise of watches, clips and bracelets that monitor your physical activity, sleep and other biological functions. The idea is that continual numerical awareness of your lifestyle works to motivate you. This article compares and contrasts the Fitbit Flex band and the Jawbone Up band, two of the most popular on the market.

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Most popular last issue: Hospitals

Brought to you by Obamacare: Better hospital food

When Lauren Heath learned she had to spend an extra day in Rex Hospital after delivering her baby girl in May, she wasn't complaining. "It means I get three more, really good meals," said Heath, 29, of Wake Forest, N.C. "The food is amazing." Rex, part of the University of North Carolina Health System, is one of a growing number of hospitals nationwide that are tossing out their fryers and adopting hotel-style "room service" where patients can order food anytime from a large menu. Administrators say the focus on food has taken on extra importance since Medicare last year began paying them based partly on their patient satisfaction scores.

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Hot Clips

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  1. Flying solo isn't easy
    Addressing the challenges of private practice.
  2. Achieve compliance with SNOMED CT
    How capturing problem lists affects Stage 2 MU strategies.
  3. One size does not fit all
    Six strategic tips that will help ensure the smooth selection and deployment of practice automation tools.
  4. How automation helps steer the revenue cycle process
    While the goal of revenue cycle management remains essentially the same, healthcare reform will make it infinitely more complex.
  5. Painless compliance
    Complying with meaningful use (MU) doesn’t have to be as complicated, costly and painful as it appears.

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