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September 17, 2013 / Issue 39

In this issue:

A cure for the common mobility cold

Power to the patient

The overlooked Obamacare sales force: Hospitals

New seat in the hospital C-suite: The rise of the chief experience officer

Why fingerprints, other biometrics don't work

HHS launches Meaningful Consent site

23,000 killed by superbugs in US each year, CDC says

iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, or neither: Which new iPhone should you buy?

Dirty hands? Think twice about using that public restroom soap

Florida psychiatric CEO, 60, sentenced to 25 years in prison for Medicare fraud

When teams lose, fans tackle fatty foods

Most popular last issue: ICD-10 arrives early in new claims form

Hot Clips: Security


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Feature Article: Mobile Tech

A cure for the common mobility cold

Mobility challenges got you down? Total Mobility Management can heal your IT woes.

By Andrea Bradshaw, CDW

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Feature Article: Events

Power to the patient

Why this week’s National Health IT Week virtual event matters.

By Geeta Nayyar, M.D., PatientPoint

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Health Law

The overlooked Obamacare sales force: Hospitals

As community groups, brokers and insurers prepare to recruit members for medical plans that go on sale in October under the health law, nobody has a bigger financial stake in their success than hospitals. And few may work harder to sign consumers up for the Obamacare insurance marketplaces than hospitals themselves.

Read the KHN article. >

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Hospitals

New seat in the hospital C-suite: The rise of the chief experience officer

The new emphasis on patient experience has caused many hospitals and health systems to add a seat in the C-suite: a chief experience officer. A CXO is essentially in charge of making every patient's experience a positive one in the hospital or health system and innovating new ways to improve patient experience and boost satisfaction scores.

Read the Becker's Hospital Review article. >

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Security

Why fingerprints, other biometrics don't work

Weak passwords are often blamed for many security breaches – but one of the biggest mistakes we can make is to replace them with biometrics.

Read the USA Today opinion article. >

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HIEs

HHS launches Meaningful Consent site

An online resource to help healthcare providers effectively engage patients in choosing how they want their electronic patient health information shared was recently launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The site includes strategies and tools that can be used to engage and educate patients about health information exchanges (HIEs).

Read the HHS news. >

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Infectious Agents

23,000 killed by superbugs in US each year, CDC says

More than two million people are infected by drug-resistant germs each year, and 23,000 die of their infections, federal health officials reported Monday. The biggest killer by far is C. difficile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports in its first big overview of a growing problem.

Read the NBC News article. >

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Mobile Tech

iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, or neither: Which new iPhone should you buy?

Apple unveiled not one, but two brand-spanking new iPhones last Tuesday. But should you buy a new iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, or neither?

Read the Macworld article. >

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Infectious Agents

Dirty hands? Think twice about using that public restroom soap

Here's something that might send you dashing back to the washroom: Microbiologists at GOJO Industries and other institutions have discovered that a quarter of the soap in public restrooms is so contaminated that it leaves your hands filthier than before you washed them.

Read the cleveland.com article. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

Florida psychiatric CEO, 60, sentenced to 25 years in prison for Medicare fraud

The former CEO of the Hollywood Pavilion psychiatric facility was handed a 25-year prison sentence for Medicare fraud last week. A federal jury found that Karen Kallen-Zury conspired with the other defendants to submit false Medicare claims for $67 million over almost a decade. The 12-person jury also found that Medicare was tricked into paying almost $40 million to Hollywood Pavilion, whose CEO and others covered up the scheme by falsifying the records of ineligible patients and fabricating marketing contracts with patient recruiters. The recruiters, many of them convicted felons, were paid more than $1 million for the patient referrals.

Read the Miami Herald article. >

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Personal Health

When teams lose, fans tackle fatty foods

When Vinnie Richichi started watching the Pittsburgh Steelers’ home opener against the Tennessee Titans last Sunday, he was feeling great. After all, the Steelers had won their first home game six years in a row. Then things indeed went south. "My weight goes up and down with my teams," said Mr. Richichi. “My team does well? I’m 40, 50 pounds lighter.”

Read the NY Times article. >

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Most popular last issue: Claims and Coding

ICD-10 arrives early in new claims form

Within the revised CMS-1500 form is a requirement for health IT vendors to support a component of ICD-10 as soon as April 1, 2014. Here's a look at what that actually means.

Read the Government Health IT article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Security

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

  1. Don't ask, don't tell
    How the Omnibus Final Rule assigns responsibility for safeguarding protected health information (PHI).
  2. Critical to care
    A comprehensive approach to data management in a hospital environment.
  3. How to maintain security in the cloud
    Seven factors to consider.
  4. Clinical engineering's evolving impact on medical device security and compliance
    All about spotting breaches, partnering with IT, managing vulnerabilities and preparing for potential changes to your job description.

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