To view this email in your browser, please click here.
HMT Header
Healthcare Information Systems Solutions since 1980
January 10, 2012 / Issue 2

In This Issue

arrowMedical facilities protect against unauthorized access

arrowThe Affordable Care Act, helping Americans curb healthcare costs

arrowReport finds most errors at hospitals go unreported

arrowFeds: Standardizing electronic health payments could save $4.5 billion

arrowAmerican College of Physicians updates ethics manual

arrowQuadraMed acquires NCR healthcare solutions

arrowOpinion: Online records – a medical revolution in Georgia

arrowScientists find safer ways to test medical procedures

arrowHot Clips: ACOs


Featured Article

Medical facilities protect against unauthorized access

Not just doors, but cabinets, carts, computers, ambulances and parking lots can be secured using the latest centralized access control systems that run off your existing IT network.


arrow Read the HMT article >>>

arrow Return to the table of contents >>>


Opinion: Kathleen Sebelius

The Affordable Care Act, helping Americans curb healthcare costs

The rising cost of health insurance coverage has imposed a heavy burden on our nation. Over the past decade, insurance premiums for working families have grown three times faster than have wages. Small businesses have seen healthcare become one of their biggest operating expenses. And rising state and federal spending on health programs has crowded out critical investments in better schools, new roads and other areas.

arrow Read the Washington Post article >>>

arrow Return to the table of contents >>>


Medicare & Medicaid

Report finds most errors at hospitals go unreported

Hospital employees recognize and report only one out of seven errors, accidents and other events that harm Medicare patients while they are hospitalized, federal investigators say in a new report.

arrow Read the NYT article >>>

arrow Return to the table of contents >>>


Payers

Feds: Standardizing electronic health payments could save $4.5 billion

A new rule being issued under the Affordable Care Act could result in billions of dollars in savings over the next decade.

arrow Read the NPR blog >>>

arrow Return to the table of contents >>>


Ethics

American College of Physicians updates ethics manual

The college released a new version of its professional guidelines and included a section about considering costs involved in treatment.

arrow Read the new guidelines >>>

arrow Return to the table of contents >>>


Acquisitions

QuadraMed acquires NCR healthcare solutions

Self-service solutions aim to streamline patient access and improve patient satisfaction.

arrow Read the QuadraMed release >>>

arrow Return to the table of contents >>>


HIEs

Opinion: Online records – a medical revolution in Georgia

Georgia is building a statewide exchange, fueled with a $13 million federal grant. It will be a pathway to securely transmit health information among physicians, hospitals, pharmacies, laboratories, imaging centers and other medical sites.

arrow Read the Georgia Health News article >>>

arrow Return to the table of contents >>>


Virtual Patients

Scientists find safer ways to test medical procedures

Scientists are developing ever-more-sophisticated versions of "virtual patients" with the aim of testing medical devices and procedures that can't readily be assessed in real people.

arrow Read the WSJ article >>>

arrow Return to the table of contents >>>


Hot Clips: ACOs

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

  1. The new reality for healthcare providers: Access to data is crucial; measurement is mandatory
    ACOs, CINs and the transition to a patient-centered medical home model for both prevention and treatment are making data access crucial for physicians.
  2. Chicken or the egg – the HIE or the ACO?
    With financial, clinical and regulatory pressures increasing steadily, and the new and confounding acronyms appearing daily, many hospitals and health systems today are wondering where they should first put their focus – building a robust health information exchange (HIE) or preparing for an accountable care organization (ACO) or other payment reform model?
  3. Supporting ACOs
    A flexible strategy for expanding health information exchange.
  4. Why agile network management will be a game changer
    Imagine the ability to roll out a new provider network in a matter of days not months.
  5. A peek inside the network
    New Jersey’s HealthecITi-NJ HIE lays the groundwork for a statewide data network. Let’s take a look at how it works.

arrow Return to the table of contents >>>


> READ ALL NEWS AT HEALTHMGTTECH.COM

                   

Resources

> Resource Guide
> Career Builder
> Editorial Inquiries
> Advertising Inquiries
> Website and Newsletter Inquiries
> Subscription Inquiries


          
Latest Industry News

Gateway EDI and AAPC partner on ICD-10 education


Doctors agree on top healthcare IT benefits, according to Accenture eight-country survey


MedApps and MedMinder partner to expand medication compliance


Pollux Systems, Inc. extends contract with medical billing leader Zotec Partners


CAQH CORE operating rules adopted by HHS for patient eligibility and health claim status transactions


   

Subscribe to Health Management Technology | Contact the Publisher | Advertise With Us  |   Privacy Statement

Copyright 2011 NP Communications LLC, 2506 Tamiami Trail North, Nokomis, FL 34275