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December 6, 2011 / Issue 48

In This Issue

arrowThe power of community

arrowCMS health official takes parting shot at ‘waste’

arrowAnalysis: Hospitals target pricey medical devices for savings

arrowHealthcare data breaches increase 32 percent

arrowTransition to electronic medical records gradually taking hold

arrowHealthcare jobs grow ... in administration

arrowBoth patients and physicians can suffer when test results aren’t reported

arrowCalifornia hospital report cards likely to go away

arrowNew HIPAA tool helps organizations meet security requirements


Barcode Technology

POC Solutions from CDW Healthcare

With CDW Healthcare, you can leverage barcode technology at the point of care to help improve patient safety and boost staff productivity.

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Featured Article

The power of community

Health plans leverage social networking and gaming to improve clinical outcomes.

By David Metzler, CEO, OneRecovery

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Video

CPOE: A physician’s personal story

Successful CPOE adoption is critical for meaningful use. How do you get your physicians on board? View this video to hear from one physician who went from doubter to believer, working with Healthcare Management Systems. Contact HMS directly at 1-800-383-3317 for more information, or visit us at hmstn.com.

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Medicare and Medicaid

CMS health official takes parting shot at ‘waste’

Dr. Donald M. Berwick, in charge of Medicare and Medicaid for the last 17 months, said that 20 percent to 30 percent of health spending is “waste” that yields no benefit.

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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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Bottom Line

Analysis: Hospitals target pricey medical devices for savings

When U.S. hospitals cut expenses as the economy slid into recession, they looked first to basic supplies like light bulbs and bandages. Next on the list: artificial hips and knees.

arrow Read the Reuters article >>>

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Security

Healthcare data breaches increase 32 percent

Healthcare data breaches are rising and many mobile devices are unprotected, according to an annual report by the Ponemon Institute.

arrow Read the eWEEK article >>>

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EHRs

Transition to electronic medical records gradually taking hold

As of the end of November 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that more than 100,000 primary care doctors across the country had taken advantage of federal incentives to adopt a certified electronic medical record system. Half of the doctors were members of small practices that serve Medicaid and Medicare patients, and the rest worked in community health centers, public hospitals, rural health clinics and other public settings.

arrow Read the Stateline article >>>

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Employment

Healthcare jobs grow ... in administration

After New Hampshire's legislature severely cut Medicaid funding last summer, hospitals throughout the state began shedding jobs. Exeter Health Resources, which runs a 100-bed hospital near the coast, lopped off 110, almost 5% of its workforce, many of them nurses and other caregivers. Yet Exeter is still hiring – mainly administrative workers.

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Records

Both patients and physicians can suffer when test results aren’t reported

In Peggy Kidwell's case, a mix-up over doctors' names led to a year-long delay in a breast cancer diagnosis.

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Reviews

California hospital report cards likely to go away

On the Cal Hospital Compare website, conscientious consumers in California can look up scorecards for their local hospitals, but Jan Emerson-Shea, a spokesperson for the California Hospital Association, says the report cards have outlived their usefulness.

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Security

New HIPAA tool helps organizations meet security requirements

A new tool developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and offered for free, can help public and private organizations to understand and implement the requirements of the HIPAA Security Rule.

arrow Read the NIST article >>>

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