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February 14, 2012 / Issue 7

In This Issue

arrowChecking the pulse of 5010

arrowMedicare could delay ICD-10 switch

arrowMedical debts put patients at risk of financial collapse

arrowWhat doctors are telling us even when they’re not talking

arrowTeaching hospitals challenge low safety ranking by Medicare

arrowReport draws lessons of states' experience with sharing health information

arrowBloodless blood testing now a reality

arrowFeds require consumer-friendly health plan briefs

arrowScore some cash: HHS launches health IT challenge

Hot Clips: ICD-10


Featured Article

Checking the pulse of 5010

In the next month or two, almost all providers can expect to see claims held up due to rejections from the 5010 claims transition. Here are some tips to help you get over the most recent industry hurdles.

By Jackie Griffin, client services director, Gateway EDI

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Claims & Coding

Medicare could delay ICD-10 switch

The acting head of the Medicare agency said this morning that she is considering giving the nation's doctors more time to switch to a new insurance coding system that critics say would cost millions of dollars for little gain to patients.

arrow Read the article from The Hill >>>

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Big Picture

Medical debts put patients at risk of financial collapse

The crisis in American healthcare is not limited to hospital emergency rooms where uninsured people wait for care.

arrow Read the article from The Record >>>

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Personal Interaction

What doctors are telling us even when they’re not talking

For nearly two decades, teaching good communication skills has been mandatory for medical schools because of research showing that good patient-doctor communication can lead to improved patient satisfaction and better healthcare outcomes.

arrow Read the NY Times article >>>

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Medicare & Medicaid

Teaching hospitals challenge low safety ranking by Medicare

Medicare’s first public effort to identify hospitals with patient safety problems has pinpointed many prestigious teaching hospitals in Boston and around the nation, raising concerns about quality at these places but also bolstering objections that the government’s measurements are skewed.

arrow Read the Boston Globe article >>>

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Information Exchanges

Report draws lessons of states' experience with sharing health information

States vary widely in how effective they are at creating systems that help healthcare providers and insurers share health information such as insurance claims and medical data, according to a new study from two researchers at the Brookings Institution.

arrow Read the article from The Hill >>>

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Devices

Bloodless blood testing now a reality

The Pronto-7 looks like an iPhone and uses a small sensor that painlessly clips onto your finger to measure hemoglobin, heart rate and blood oxygen in seconds on the spot – without removing a drop of blood.


arrow Read about the new device >>>

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Regulations

Feds require consumer-friendly health plan briefs

Don't have the slightest clue what your health insurance covers? The Obama administration says that's going to change.

arrow Read the AP article >>>

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Innovation Challenge

Score some cash: HHS launches health IT challenge

The National Coordinator for Health Information Technology recently announced the Discharge Follow-Up Appointment care transitions initiative. The program uses prizes and challenges to facilitate innovation and obtain solutions to intractable health IT problems.

arrow Read about the HHS program >>>

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: ICD-10

Click on the highlighted links below to read the top HMT archival properties concerning the ICD-9 to ICD-10 conversion, a topic that is at the forefront of healthcare discussions.

  1. What ICD-10 means for doctors
    The 2013 coding update may lead to revenue loss if physicians are not prepared.
  2. The 7 biggest ICD-10 challenges for payers
    2013 is right around the corner. Are you ready for the biggest coding challenge of your life?
  3. ICD-10: A master data challenge
    ICD-10 is mandated at a difficult time of many changes.
  4. Mike's all-time WSJ favorite: Walked into a lamppost? Hurt while crocheting? Help is on the way
    Nine codes for macaw mishaps.
  5. The switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10
    HMT’s expert panel addresses how to reduce claims and coding errors.

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