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February 28, 2012 / Issue 12

In This Issue

Managing big data for improved customer communications

Automating healthcare still a daunting task

CHIME asks HHS Secretary Sebelius to move quickly in setting new ICD-10 compliance date

State to close program on federal health law

FAQ: The 'doc fix' dilemma

Navyís hand-held brain scanner could be a lifesaver

Health reform law provides coverage for nearly 50,000 Americans with pre-existing conditions

Did you miss our coverage on HIMSS12 or reactions to the release of the proposed rule for Stage 2 meaningful use last week?

Hot Clips: ICD-10


Featured Article

Managing big data for improved customer communications

Big data will provide healthcare organizations with an unprecedented opportunity to improve customer experience through highly personalized and targeted communications. However, this opportunity will only be realized if data from all relevant, siloed sources can be efficiently mined and translated into actionable information that enhances the patient or member experience.

By Michael Watts, COO, GMC Software

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Big Picture

Automating healthcare still a daunting task

The effort to drag the healthcare industry into the technology age trudges onward, and itís still not clear whether the nationís 500,000 to 600,000 physicians will successfully make the journey.

Read the MarketWatch article. >

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ICD-10

CHIME asks HHS Secretary Sebelius to move quickly in setting new ICD-10 compliance date

In a letter submitted last week, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) said that a prolonged delay to ICD-10 implementation, or more specifically, prolonged uncertainty about the timing and details of a delay, will create more problems than it would solve.

Read CHIMEís letter. >

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Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

State to close program on federal health law

A program created to help insurance-seekers in Texas cut through the complexities of federal healthcare reforms is shutting down in April, just 15 months after it opened its call center and years before the law goes into full effect.

Read the NYT article. >

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Medicaid & Medicare

FAQ: The 'doc fix' dilemma

Now that Congress has passed legislation to avert drastic payment cuts to physicians who treat Medicare patients, attention is turning to what will happen when the temporary solution expires at the end of this year.

Read the KHN article. >

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Innovations

Navyís hand-held brain scanner could be a lifesaver

Battlefield corpsmen and medical professionals across the country gained a valuable tool last December when the Food and Drug Administration approved the first hand-held device to detect life-threatening bleeding in the brain.

Read about the device. >

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Pre-Existing Conditions

Health reform law provides coverage for nearly 50,000 Americans with pre-existing conditions

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced last week that the new healthcare lawís Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) program is providing insurance to nearly 50,000 people with high-risk pre-existing conditions nationwide. The Department released a new report demonstrating how PCIP is helping to fill a void in the insurance market for consumers with pre-existing conditions who are denied insurance coverage and are ineligible for Medicare or Medicaid coverage.

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Did you miss our coverage on HIMSS12 or reactions to the release of the proposed rule for Stage 2 meaningful use last week?

Stage 2 MU, Friday, Feb. 24

http://www2.healthmgttech.com/enews/201202/24/toc.htm

HIMSS12, Thursday, Feb. 23

http://www2.healthmgttech.com/enews/201202/23/toc.htm

HIMSS12, Wednesday, Feb. 22

http://www2.healthmgttech.com/enews/201202/22/toc.htm

HIMSS12, Tuesday, Feb. 21

http://www2.healthmgttech.com/enews/201202/21/toc.htm

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

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