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August 6, 2013 / Issue 33

In this issue:

HIX: Seizing opportunities while stemming operational impacts

Revealing a healthcare secret: The price

'Top' hospitals aren't always tops, new report finds

Armed with bigger fines, Medicare to punish 2,225 hospitals for excess readmissions

Obamacare privacy fears loom as computer links agencies

Georgia Tech uncovers iOS security weaknesses

Apple now repairing iPhone 5 screens in-store for $149 as part of AppleCare overhaul

Effort to move patient data online may spur a more efficient, affordable network

Oregon officials brace for scammers over health enrollment push

Hospital layoffs on the rise: 4 best practices for hospitals facing the last resort

Sony's head-mounted 3D video display gives surgeons an inside view

5 things to look for in a personal trainer

Most popular last issue: 10 cities where the most people have heart attacks

Most popular last issue: Why the U.S. actually needs those crazy ICD-10 codes

Hot Clips: PACS/RIS/Imaging


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Feature Article: Health Insurance Exchange

HIX: Seizing opportunities while stemming operational impacts

An integrated technology solution can help manage – and prevent disruption to – the pivotal enrollment, reconciliation and revenue process challenges posed by the new HIX marketplace.

By John Kelly, Edifecs

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Transparency

Revealing a healthcare secret: The price

The Surgery Center of Oklahoma is an ambulatory surgical center in Oklahoma City owned by its roughly 40 surgeons and anesthesiologists. What makes it different from every other such facility in America is this: If you need an anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, you will know beforehand – because it’s on their website – that it costs $6,990 if you self-pay in advance. If you need a tonsillectomy, that’s $3,600. Repair of a simple closed nasal fracture: $1,900. These prices are all-inclusive.

Read the NYT article. >

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Hospitals

'Top' hospitals aren't always tops, new report finds

The top hospitals don’t always live up to their reputations when it comes to handling surgery, according to a new report released last Wednesday. Consumer Reports used newly available federal government data to look at how patients fared after surgery at nearly 2,500 hospitals in 50 states.

Read the NBC News article. >

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Medicare and Medicaid

Armed with bigger fines, Medicare to punish 2,225 hospitals for excess readmissions

Medicare will levy $227 million in fines against hospitals in every state but one for the second round of the government’s campaign to reduce the number of patients readmitted within a month, according to federal records released last Friday.

Read the KHN article. >

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Security

Obamacare privacy fears loom as computer links agencies

The biggest overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system in 50 years has spawned one of the most complex computer projects in the government’s history. Dubbed the “Hub,” the $267 million computer system built by a unit of UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UNH) is one of the most important determiners of whether the Affordable Care Act succeeds.

Read the Bloomberg article. >

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Mobile Tech: Apple Devices

Georgia Tech uncovers iOS security weaknesses

Researchers from the Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) have discovered two security weaknesses that permit installation of malware onto Apple mobile devices using seemingly innocuous applications and peripherals such as chargers, uncovering significant security threats to the iOS platform.

Read the Georgia Tech article. >

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Mobile Tech: Apple Devices

Apple now repairing iPhone 5 screens in-store for $149 as part of AppleCare overhaul

File this under "just in case." Apple recently began replacing iPhone 5 screens instead of swapping out the broken units for refurbished devices, saving money for both Apple and its customers.

Read the AppleInsider article. >

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Data Exchange

Effort to move patient data online may spur a more efficient, affordable network

The sharing of healthcare data electronically is in its beginning stages, and implementation of new record-keeping systems is creating some confusion among health professionals across the country. But that can be a good thing according to a number of health experts who gathered last week at a health information conference in Santa Rosa.

Read the California Healthline article. >

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Health Law

Oregon officials brace for scammers over health enrollment push

Two days after filling out a state form to apply for health coverage, the Oregon woman received a call with good news: She'd been approved. The caller just needed her bank account information to cover the sign-up fee. The only problem? There was no sign-up fee, and the caller was a fake.

Read the Oregon Live article. >

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Jobs

Hospital layoffs on the rise: 4 best practices for hospitals facing the last resort

Large layoffs and workforce reductions have become more common at hospitals and health systems across the country, regardless of size or for- or nonprofit status. Through July this year, several organizations have laid off dozens and cut hundreds more jobs through attrition.

Read the Becker's Hospital Review article. >

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Hospital Tech

Sony's head-mounted 3D video display gives surgeons an inside view

Unveiled in July in Tokyo, the "head-mount image processing unit" gives surgeons virtual X-ray vision by means of an endoscope feeding images to a pair of head-mounted monitors. This setup allows surgeons to view high-definition 3D images from inside the patient while carrying out laparoscopic surgery.

Read the Gizmag article. >

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Personal Health

5 things to look for in a personal trainer

Finding a personal trainer who makes you feel comfortable enough to expose your biggest flaws can be challenging. But they're called "personal" trainers for a reason – they're there to guide you to your personal fitness goals, and to do so, they need to fit with your personality.

Read the CNN article. >

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Most popular last issue: 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: 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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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: PACS/RIS/Imaging

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

  1. Making the switch to vendor-neutral archiving
    How to optimize comprehensive data storage for healthcare's new age.
  2. Imaging: Taking its rightful place at the enterprise level
    Image-enabling the EMR leads to increased productivity and efficiencies.
  3. Advancing RIS features while addressing MU
    New business intelligence tools enable improved care and profitability.
  4. The endless potential of RTLS
    Asset management and real-time location systems save money, time and equipment.

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