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July 16, 2013 / Issue 30

In this issue:

What you need to know about encryption

7 states, governors team to tackle hospital ‘frequent flyers’ problem

WellPoint fined $1.7 million for exposing health data on Internet

Doctors badmouthing other doctors

Who should regulate mHealth?

CMS proposes new rule to modify reporting requirements

Why your doctor may still have paper records

Rising above the competition by reengineering the patient experience

New Certified Health IT Mark announced

HIMSS Analytics: Lack of health IT workers may delay EHR adoption

My doctor used the "F" word

Most popular last issue: The hospital CEO's ultimate dashboard: What to check daily, quarterly and yearly

Hot Clips: Practice Management


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Feature Article: Security

What you need to know about encryption

You should start by differentiating between data at rest and data in motion.

By Mac McMillan, CynergisTek

Read the HMT featured article. >

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Hospitals

7 states, governors team to tackle hospital ‘frequent flyers’ problem

Seven states and the National Governors Association are teaming up to find ways to save money and better coordinate the care of Medicaid and uninsured patients who frequently use hospital emergency rooms and other costly health services.

Read the KHN article. >

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Security

WellPoint fined $1.7 million for exposing health data on Internet

Security weaknesses in a WellPoint online application database exposed information for 612,402 individuals between October 2009 and March 2010, according to HHS.

Read the Reuters article. >

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Doctors and Patients

Doctors badmouthing other doctors

Over the last decade, few issues have garnered as much interest among healthcare experts as disrespectful behavior among doctors. While sociologists have devoted careers to researching the topic, it wasn’t until the 1990s that the medical profession itself began to take serious note.

Read the NYT article. >

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mHealth

Who should regulate mHealth?

Both the FDA and ONC are "jockeying for jurisdiction" of the mobile healthcare (mHealth) landscape.

Read the Government Health IT article. >

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EHRs

CMS proposes new rule to modify reporting requirements

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new rule to modify and streamline reporting requirements for certain federal programs, among them the electronic health record (EHR) incentive program.

Read the HIMSS Health IT News article. >

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EHRs

Why your doctor may still have paper records

Nearly half of all physicians in America still rely on paper records for most patient care, and time is running out to take advantage of the government incentive payments. So practices like Colorado Springs Internal Medicine are scrambling to get with the program.

Read the Colorado Public Radio article. >

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Hospitals

Rising above the competition by reengineering the patient experience

At a time when performance, if not survival, is based on how well an organization can contain costs, how do you differentiate yourself from the competition, yet do so in a fiscally responsible way that drives down healthcare costs?

Read the Becker's Hospital Review article. >

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EHRs

New Certified Health IT Mark announced

A new mark for certified electronic health records (EHR) technology was unveiled July 10 by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The mark will appear on EHR products that have been certified by an ONC-Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) and will indicate that the product meets the 2014 Edition Standards and Certification Criteria.

Read the HHS news. >

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EHRs

HIMSS Analytics: Lack of health IT workers may delay EHR adoption

The inaugural HIMSS Analytics Workforce Survey shows that while health IT hiring was robust in 2012, there was a shortage of qualified applicants for information technology positions, possibly resulting in a delay for EHR implementations and the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Read the EHR Intelligence article. >

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Personal Health Blogs

My doctor used the "F" word

He made a remark that I found deeply cutting and hard to digest (no pun intended). “You’re overweight,” he said. "You need to do something about it." OK, he didn’t use the word “overweight.” He actually used the “F” word. Fat.

Read Najaf Ahmad's blog on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation site. >

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Most popular last issue: Management

The hospital CEO's ultimate dashboard: What to check daily, quarterly and yearly

The job of a hospital CEO can be overwhelming. There are so many areas to oversee, decisions to make and problems to solve. If you aren't careful, you'll spend your whole day responding and reacting instead of laser-focusing on the issues that drive results.

Read the Becker's Hospital Review article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Practice Management

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    While the goal of revenue cycle management remains essentially the same, healthcare reform will make it infinitely more complex.
  3. Painless compliance
    Complying with meaningful use (MU) doesn’t have to be as complicated, costly and painful as it appears.
  4. One size does not fit all
    Six strategic tips that will help ensure the smooth selection and deployment of practice automation tools.

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