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December 13, 2011 / Issue 49

In This Issue

arrowThe economics of interfacing

arrowEssay: When care is worth it, even if end is death

arrowHealth technology's enthusiasm gap

arrowInteractive: A status report on health information technology in the states

arrowGE, Microsoft to launch joint healthcare venture

arrowCrowded ERs help urgent care centers thrive

arrowHospitals expected to achieve meaningful-use increases

arrowVillanova Univ. announces online IT Service Management Program


White Paper

Post-Acquisition Physician Practice Billing Strategies

10 Key Considerations When Deciding If Hospital-Owned Physician Practices Should Maintain Independent Billing Solutions and Processes

The recent wave of physician practice acquisitions by hospitals and health systems is creating extensive discussion and assessment as organizations look to evaluate synergies and efficiencies. Although physician practices and hospitals share the mission of providing care to patients, they often approach patient care and billing in different ways.

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Featured Article

The economics of interfacing

Should you build a custom healthcare interface solution or buy one? Here are several key considerations to review before you decide.

By Eliot Muir, CEO and founder, iNTERFACEWARE

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Big Picture

Essay: When care is worth it, even if end is death

The policy conceit that spending money on patients who die is a waste overlooks the core purpose of healthcare.

arrow Read the NYT article >>>

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Mobile Devices

Health technology's enthusiasm gap

Presenters at last week’s mHealth Summit predict that healthcare in coming years will be highly personalized, ultra efficient and will most likely involve smartphones and tablets. That is, of course, only if mobile health entrepreneurs can get healthcare providers to embrace the new technologies, which so far they have been slow to do.

arrow Read the Washington Post article >>>

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Meaningful Use

Interactive: A status report on health information technology in the states

A new map provides a status report on where states stand in distributing Medicaid incentive payments for adoption of health information technology. This latest data was provided by CMS and reflects information as of October 2011.

arrow View the iWatch map >>>

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Workflow

GE, Microsoft to launch joint healthcare venture

Partly at Mayo Clinic's prodding, General Electric Co. and Microsoft Corp. have launched an ambitious plan to develop the next generation of healthcare management software.

arrow Read the Post-Bulletin article >>>

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Critical Care

Crowded ERs help urgent care centers thrive

Concerned he may have broken a bone, Dwayne Duckenfield didn't go to the nearest emergency room or wait until Monday to call his physician for an appointment. Like an increasing number of Americans looking for fast and affordable healthcare, he went to an urgent-care facility.

arrow Read the USA Today article >>>

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Meaningful Use

Hospitals expected to achieve meaningful-use increases

When it comes to meeting Stage 1 of meaningful use, new research from HIMSS Analytics reports a 16 percent increase, from 25 to 41 percent in the seven months from February to September 2011, in hospitals being well positioned to meet Stage 1 of meaningful use.

arrow Read the HIMSS Analytics report summary >>>

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IT Education

Villanova Univ. announces online IT Service Management Program

U.S. News-ranked Villanova University's new Master Certificate in IT Service Management program shows professionals how to efficiently manage IT systems, while saving their organization time and money. This is accomplished, in part, by mastering high-quality IT service management practices such as those found in the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL). The three-course master certificate program offers a variety of skills to enhance projects and increase quality, including methods to identify, plan, deliver and support IT services.

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