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July 23, 2013 / Issue 31

In this issue:

Taking the pulse of cardiovascular services

Cerner builds recession-proof 'bunker' for health data

10 things the most progressive hospitals do

Will your next physical be done by smartphone?

National healthcare reform sparks concern about scams

Even doctors are clueless on Obamacare, poll finds

What non-coders need to know about ICD-10

Data show EHRs empower patients, equip doctors

Hospitals may soon be reaching for the stars

Most common medical malpractice claims: missed cancer, heart attacks

First health IT products certified for interoperability under new program

After a sprain, donít just walk it off

Most popular last issue: Doctors badmouthing other doctors

Hot Clips: Practice Management


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Feature Article: Mobile Solutions

Taking the pulse of cardiovascular services

Three reasons why cardio care is ripe for mobility.

By Matt Patterson, M.D., AirStrip

Read the HMT featured article. >

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Security

Cerner builds recession-proof 'bunker' for health data

This is a story about data. Lots and lots of data. And not just any data. Extremely sensitive data.

Read the KHN article. >

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Hospitals

10 things the most progressive hospitals do

It's been said that there are three types of people in the world: the retrograde, the stationary and the progressive. The same could be said for organizations, particularly in healthcare. There are hospitals that will cling to the ways of the past. There are also organizations that will settle as they are, resisting major change, surviving rather than excelling. Then there are the progressive ones.

Read the Becker's Hospital Review article. >

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Doctors

Will your next physical be done by smartphone?

Many doctors are skeptical of using smartphones in medicine. But what if these technologies not only make physiciansí physical exams easier but also improve interactions with patients?

Read the Washington Post article. >

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Health Law

National healthcare reform sparks concern about scams

The national health reform law is expected to open the door for identity theft and insurance scams when millions of uninsured Americans begin enrolling in coverage this fall, officials and advocates warn.

Read the LA Times article. >

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Health Law

Even doctors are clueless on Obamacare, poll finds

The doctor is ... skeptical about the Affordable Care Act. And clueless, too.

Read the NBC News article. >

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Claims and Coding

What non-coders need to know about ICD-10

While many healthcare coders are already training arduously to master the new ICD-10-CM/PCS code set, some experts predict other sectors of healthcare may find themselves unprepared and in a pinch when the new system replaces ICD-9-CM on October 1 of next year. Who in the industry, besides coders, should prepare for the advent of the new system? Just about everyone.

Read the AHIMA article. >

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EHRs

Data show EHRs empower patients, equip doctors

Among other statistics, CMS is touting that since the EHR Incentive Programs began in 2011, more than 190 million electronic prescriptions have been sent by doctors, physicianís assistants and other healthcare providers using EHRs, reducing the chances of medication errors.

Read the CMS news. >

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Medicare and Medicaid

Hospitals may soon be reaching for the stars

Medicare is considering assigning stars or some other easily understood symbol to hospitals so patients can more easily compare the quality of care at various institutions. The ratings would appear on Medicareís Hospital Compare website and be based on many of the 100 quality measures the agency already publishes. The plan has plenty of detractors.

Read the KHN article. >

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Doctors

Most common medical malpractice claims: missed cancer, heart attacks

Medical malpractice can be a nightmare for both patients and doctors. A large new study takes a close look at claims to get an idea where most of these cases are coming from.

Read the CBS News article. >

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Interoperability

First health IT products certified for interoperability under new program

A joint initiative of IHE USA and ICSA Lab has certified eight health IT products that met rigorous testing requirements for security and interoperability.

Learn about the new certification. >

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Personal Health

After a sprain, donít just walk it off

Ankle injuries should never be taken lightly and are too often mistreated or not treated at all.

Read the NYT article. >

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Most popular last issue: 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 wasnít until the 1990s that the medical profession itself began to take serious note.

Read the NYT article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Practice Management

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

  1. How ICD-10 impacts revenue cycle management
    Converting to the new code set will touch virtually every aspect of a providerís operations.
  2. 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.
  3. Humanizing healthcare with technology
    Streamlining the clinical documentation process augments doctor/patient interaction.
  4. Flying solo isn't easy
    Addressing the challenges of private practice.

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