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January 17, 2012 / Issue 3

In This Issue

arrowExpert: Cloud computing a game changer for businesses

arrowDoctors going broke

arrowTop tech issues for C-level execs

arrowProject gives patients access to doctors' notes

arrowReport: 5 percent of patients account for half of healthcare spending

arrowFederal healthcare IT spending set to grow

arrowNew HIMSS ICD-10 PlayBook aids healthcare providers

arrowMiami healthcare-technology company CareCloud on a roll

arrowHHS adopts HIPAA standard for electronic funds transfers/remittance advice

arrowHot Clips: ACOs


Featured Article

Expert: Cloud computing a game changer for businesses

Cloud computing is a game changer for businesses, which now face the choice of adapting to the demand for ubiquitous access to data or losing customers to tech-savvy competitors, says Michael J. Shaw, a University of Illinois expert in e-business strategy and information technology management.

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Small Practices

Doctors going broke

Doctors in America are harboring an embarrassing secret: Many of them are going broke. This quiet reality, which is spreading nationwide, is claiming a wide range of casualties, including family physicians, cardiologists and oncologists.

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Trends for Hospital Execs

Top tech issues for C-level execs

The ECRI Institute has released its “Top 10 C-Suite Watch List: Hospital Technology Issues for 2012” report. Electronic health records, new surgical options, advances in imaging technologies, cardiac developments and more are covered in a 32-page, no-charge white paper.

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Information Sharing

Project gives patients access to doctors' notes

What would happen if patients were encouraged to see their medical records and take them home, study them and really own them? A research collaboration called OpenNotes has set out to answer this question.

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Big Picture

Report: 5 percent of patients account for half of healthcare spending

Just 1 percent of Americans accounted for 22 percent of healthcare costs in 2009, according to a federal report released last week. That's about $90,000 per person, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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Infrastructure

Federal healthcare IT spending set to grow

With money tight, congressional appropriators rarely insist that agencies spend money. Yet the omnibus spending bill passed Dec. 17 approved $100 million for a joint Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs effort to develop digital medical records — even though they missed deadlines for requesting the money.

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Claims and Coding

New HIMSS ICD-10 PlayBook aids healthcare providers

In response to the fast-approaching ICD-10 conversion deadline of Oct. 1, 2013, HIMSS has released a major update of its ICD-10 PlayBook, which aims to empower care providers with the tools they need for transitioning to ICD-10. Version 2.0 includes complimentary access to a new resource: VitalVendors.

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Practice Management

Miami healthcare-technology company CareCloud on a roll

CareCloud of Miami, which offers a high-tech solution for managing medical records and streamlining practices, is attracting funding, adding jobs.

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Medicare & Medicaid

HHS adopts HIPAA standard for electronic funds transfers/remittance advice

CMS recently announced an interim final rule with comment period (IFC) under which the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) adopts standards for the Health Care Electronic Funds Transfers (EFT) and Remittance Advice transaction (RA) under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

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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. 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?
  2. Supporting ACOs
    A flexible strategy for expanding health information exchange.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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