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July 30, 2013 / Issue 32

In this issue:

Practicing medicine pharma-free in a drug rep-filled world

The results are in: How did the Pioneer ACOs do?

Why the U.S. actually needs those crazy ICD-10 codes

AHA, AMA: Meaningful-use requirements should be eased

The hype over hospital rankings

Industry, advocates finalize mobile app guidelines

What’s your health IT investment worth?

Health law boosts status of alternative medicine – at least on paper

Getting health coverage through Obama law not as easy as shopping on Travelocity or Amazon

Alzheimer's blood test edges closer

Exercise reorganizes the brain to be more resilient to stress

10 cities where the most people have heart attacks

Most popular last issue: 10 things the most progressive hospitals do

Hot Clips: Practice Management


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Feature Article: Practice Management/Rx

Practicing medicine pharma-free in a drug rep-filled world

Armed with data on physician prescribing patterns, pharmaceutical marketing “detailers” push their wares. But some clinics are fighting back and kicking the drug-rep habit.

By Leila Gray, UW Health Sciences/UW Medicine

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Accountable Care Organizations

The results are in: How did the Pioneer ACOs do?

For the first year of the Pioneer ACO Model, more then 669,000 Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries were attributed to the 32 Pioneer ACOs. The financial results were generally positive, but inconsistent, across the ACOs.

Read The Advisory Board Co. article. >

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ICD-10

Why the U.S. actually needs those crazy ICD-10 codes

Richard Averill, senior vice president of clinical and economic research at 3M Health Information Systems, talks about the reason for things like macaw-related codes and why ICD-10 is just like any other dictionary.

Read the Government Health IT article. >

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Meaningful Use

AHA, AMA: Meaningful-use requirements should be eased

The American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association sent a joint letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius last week asking for greater flexibility in the requirements of the meaningful-use (MU) program.

Read the iHealthBeat article. >

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Hospitals

The hype over hospital rankings

U.S. News and World Report has just released its annual list of “Best Hospitals,” and websites are being updated to celebrate victories. (Johns Hopkins ranks No. 1!) Magazines will be plump with advertising. But what does this annual exercise mean for patients? And what does it say about American healthcare?

Read the NYT article. >

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Mobile Tech

Industry, advocates finalize mobile app guidelines

A group of industry lobbyists and privacy rights advocates voiced support last Thursday for new voluntary guidelines for mobile apps that should make it easier for consumers to know what personal information is getting sucked from their smartphone or tablet and passed along to marketers.

Read the AP article. >

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IT Investments

What’s your health IT investment worth?

HIMSS is introducing its Health IT Value Suite to help providers, policymakers, payers and other stakeholders evaluate the success of their IT spend.

Read about the new HIMSS initiative. >

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Health Law

Health law boosts status of alternative medicine – at least on paper

Complementary and alternative medicine – a term that encompasses meditation, acupuncture, chiropractic care and homeopathic treatment, among other things – has become increasingly popular. About four in 10 adults (and one in nine children) in the U.S. are using some form of alternative medicine, according to the National Institutes of Health. And with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the field could make even more headway in the mainstream health care system.

Read the KHN article. >

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Health Law

Getting health coverage through Obama law not as easy as shopping on Travelocity or Amazon

You may have heard that shopping for health insurance under President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul will be like using Travelocity or Amazon. But many people will end up with something more mundane than online shopping, like a call to the help desk.

Read the Washington Post article. >

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Research

Alzheimer's blood test edges closer

A technique published in the journal Genome Biology showed that differences in the tiny fragments of genetic material floating in the blood could be used to identify Alzheimer's patients. The test was accurate 93 percent of the time in trials on 202 people.

Read the BBC article. >

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Personal Health

Exercise reorganizes the brain to be more resilient to stress

Physical activity reorganizes the brain so that its response to stress is reduced and anxiety is less likely to interfere with normal brain function, according to a research team based at Princeton University. These findings potentially resolve a discrepancy in research related to the effect of exercise on the brain – namely that exercise reduces anxiety while also promoting the growth of new neurons in the ventral hippocampus.

Read the Princeton University news. >

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By The Numbers

10 cities where the most people have heart attacks

According to the Gallup-Healthways annual well-being study, some U.S. metropolitan regions have much higher rates of heart attacks than the rest of the country.

Read the USA TODAY article. >

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Most popular last issue: 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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Hot Clips

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  1. Humanizing healthcare with technology
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  3. How ICD-10 impacts revenue cycle management
    Converting to the new code set will touch virtually every aspect of a provider’s operations.
  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.

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