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February 21, 2012 / Issue 8

In This Issue

‘CMS, what’s my hurdle rate?’

HHS announces intent to delay ICD-10 compliance date for 'certain healthcare entities'

More hospitals charge upfront fees for non-urgent care in emergency rooms

Stemming the tide of over-treatment in U.S. healthcare

HHS ensures consumers get better value for their health insurance dollar

Across the Twittersphere: Using social media to connect at #HIMSS12

Army shows interest in bioelectric bandage

What’s happening at HIMSS12 right now? New products and solutions featured at the show

Hot Clips: ICD-10


Featured Article

‘CMS, what’s my hurdle rate?’

How not knowing their “hurdle rates” can impact organizations that have applied to CMS to be Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) accountable care organizations (ACO).

By Joel Hoffman, senior vice president, OptumInsight

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Coding

HHS announces intent to delay ICD-10 compliance date for 'certain healthcare entities'

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Feb. 16 that HHS will initiate a process to postpone the date by which certain healthcare entities have to comply with ICD-10.

Read the HHS announcement. >

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Emergency Department

More hospitals charge upfront fees for non-urgent care in emergency rooms

Next time you go to an emergency room, you should be prepared for this: If your problem isn’t urgent, you may have to pay up front.

Read the Washington Post article. >

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Testing

Stemming the tide of over-treatment in U.S. healthcare

A leading group of U.S. doctors is trying to tackle the costly problem of excessive medical testing, hoping to avoid more government intervention in how they practice.

Read the Reuters article. >

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Medical Loss Ration

HHS ensures consumers get better value for their health insurance dollar

Health and Human Services announced that consumers will soon begin receiving unprecedented information on the value of their health insurance coverage, and some will receive rebates from insurance companies that spend less than 80 percent of their premium dollars on healthcare.

Read the HHS release. >

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Social Media

Across the Twittersphere: Using social media to connect at #HIMSS12

Thousands of HIMSS12 attendees are already discussing topics, networking and creating an online social community around the conference with the help of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. Using the #HIMSS12 hashtag and with the help of @HIMSS, attendees will remain up to date on new speakers, breaking news and valuable resources that will help them prepare for the conference and show.

Read the HIMSS12 announcement. >

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Innovations

Army shows interest in bioelectric bandage

The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command is evaluating a new, silver-based bioelectric bandage dressing that creates its own anti-microbial, electrical impulses in the presence of moisture.

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What’s happening at HIMSS12 right now? New products and solutions featured at the show

Carts/COWs

Metro is unveiling a slew of products at HIMSS12, including: the 1770 Mobile Computing Workstation, the 1870 Advanced Telehealth Workstation, swappable power solutions from Anton-Bauer, MetroMonitor 3.0 Monitoring Software and the MetroESP Enhanced Service Program.


Reimbursement

McKesson is showing off Performance Analytics Explorer, an innovative offering that supports provider performance improvement initiatives by enabling healthcare stakeholders to measure, model and predict best practices and optimal outcomes for value-based reimbursement.


Practice Management Systems

The ZynxValue+ suite of services from Zynx Health helps organizations address key healthcare initiatives related to improving outcomes and reducing cost.


Labeling/Patient Tracking

DYMO is introducing its Patient Identification Wristband Solution that allows healthcare professionals to create on-demand patient wristbands and labels from the industry-exclusive dual-roll printer, the LabelWriter 450 Twin Turbo.


Imaging Management

Agfa HealthCare is showcasing its Imaging Clinical Information System (ICS) and the full lineup of its state-of-the-art solutions that creates and consolidates patient medical records while facilitating clinical collaboration.


RTLS/Tracking

Awarepoint is launching the aware360Suite, a complete real-time location system (RTLS) solution that optimizes healthcare workflow to enhance patient flow, increase care team efficiency and improve asset management and availability.


Mobile Telemedicine Carts

In partnership with HP, LifeBot is introducing its "Virtual Ambulance," the world's first Multi-Function Telemedicine Emergency Crash Cart system.




Bar Code Solutions

The BarCode360 Safety Optimizer from Cardinal Health offers a comprehensive approach to bedside verification.


Mobile Platform Services

MASH (manage, analyze, sustain, harness) is NIIT Healthcare Technologies’ innovative mobile technology platform that is transforming patient experience and information management from sign-in to check-out.


Carts/COWS

The innovative Mobile Technology Cabinet from Rubbermaid Medical Solutions blends premium cabinet aesthetics into the flexibility of a mobile computing cart.


Patient Flow

MEDHOST is launching MEDHOST HD, a Web-based solution that identifies process management issues, detects financial outliers and helps executives track operations that affect the overall health of their hospital.


Cloud Services/Radiology

Carestream is showing cloud services and capabilities that deliver significant benefits for healthcare IT staffs and radiology departments, including the expansion of CARESTREAM Vue for Cloud Services with mobile imaging data access from its Vue Motion zero-footprint viewer.


Health Information Exchange

dbMotion is demonstrating its Connected Healthcare solution, which integrates patient information from disparate health information technologies for clinicians within familiar workflows.


RFID Solutions

Hospitals use ThingMagic RFID readers to collect real-time location data for asset management, patient flow and temperature monitoring applications.


Desktop Management/Scanning

Software developer triCerat is showcasing its new Simplify Suite v5.5 desktop management software and previewing the beta version of Scanect software, the latest in remote scanning technology.


Acute Care

AccuNurse Interactive Care is a voice-directed headset product from Vocollect Healthcare Systems that provides real-time access to care plans, clinical data, interventions and outcomes.


EHRs With Analytics

Optum Care Suite helps streamline and improve health professionals’ decision-making by assembling much broader data on and views of patient, system and population health.

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

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