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October 4, 2011 / Issue 39

In This Issue

arrowBeyond the CMS ACO

arrowHHS initiative will pay bonuses to primary care doctors

arrowInsurers to pool claims data for study on healthcare costs

arrowCool technology of the week: Frog skin

arrowRecords of 4.9 million stolen from car in Texas data breach

arrowHospitals flunk readmission test

arrowWeb-based EHR for primary care practices

arrowWhy doctors order so many tests


Featured Webinar

Best practices for implementing interoperable EDR and EHR solutions

View a free webinar and learn how Health Choice Network developed strategic steps and best practices that you can follow to implement a seamless interoperable EHR/EDR solution for your organization.

You will discover:

  • Best practices for EDR and EHR implementation
  • Considerations for choosing EDR and EHR vendor partners
  • Next steps on your journey towards Meaningful Use

Presenter
Alex Romillo serves as Sr. Vice President and CIO for HCN, Inc. and was awarded the 2010 CIO Technology Leader of the Year by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce in Miami-Dade Florida.

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Featured Article

Beyond the CMS ACO

These emerging models of collaborative care allow for the ability to scale to various-size populations and design customized shared-savings arrangements.

By Todd Cozzens, CEO of Accountable Care Solutions, Optum

arrow Read the HMT article >>>

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White Paper

First Smartphones. Now Tablets. New Survey Results Uncover How Hospitals Like Yours Are Keeping Up

After surveying more than 600 healthcare organizations, we now have a better understanding of how smartphones & tablets are changing the way hospital staff communicate today. Discover key findings, learn more about the state of smartphones & tablets in hospitals and the steps your organization can take to keep up with the changes.

arrow Download the report now >>>


Reimbursement

HHS initiative will pay bonuses to primary care doctors

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched a new initiative Sept. 28 to help primary care practices deliver higher quality, more coordinated and patient-centered care. Under the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative, Medicare will work with commercial and state health insurance plans to offer additional support to primary care doctors who better coordinate care for their patients.

arrow Read more about the initiative >>>

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Event

The 7th Annual World Healthcare Innovation and Technology Congress (WHIT v.7.0)

November 7 - 8 | Washington, DC

Payers and Providers Harnessing the Power of IT to Drive Innovation, Improve Quality and Lower Costs

 

arrow For more information visit WHIT >>>


Healthcare Costs

Insurers to pool claims data for study on healthcare costs

In what is believed to be the first collaboration of its kind, four of the country's largest private health insurers have agreed to offer their claims data for use in health research projects in the hopes of adding to the understanding of what is driving healthcare costs.

arrow Read the amednews.com article >>>

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Mobile Devices

Cool technology of the week: Frog skin

Clinicians have been adopting iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches so fast that they have become the most popular mobile devices at Beth Israel Deaconess. One problem: How do you use these devices in the wet and messy world of medicine? The answer: A waterproof "case" called a Frog Skin.

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Security

Records of 4.9 million stolen from car in Texas data breach

A massive data breach, in which the personal and medical records of millions of military patients and their families were compromised, happened when the records were stolen out of a data contractor's car in San Antonio.

arrow Read the Reuters article >>>

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Medicare

Hospitals flunk readmission test

Hospitals are about to get punished for so-called readmissions – when patients end up right back in the hospital after being discharged. Yet they’ve done very little to improve, researchers report.

arrow Read the National Journal article >>>

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Practice Management

Web-based EHR for primary care practices

McKesson Practice Choice is a fully integrated, Web-based EHR and practice management system that offers an affordable, easy-to-use alternative for the independent primary care practice. Certified for Stage 1 meaningful use, it provides clinical, financial and operational tools on a single database, enabling simple deployment and the ability to care for patients from any location with an Internet connection.

arrow Read about the solution >>>

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Primary Care

Why doctors order so many tests

For harried doctors, writing a prescription or ordering tests is often the fastest and easiest thing to do. A new study looks at why so many doctors prescribe excessive care, and how they feel about it. Pauline W. Chen, MD, gives her side of the story.

arrow Read the NYT article >>>

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