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May 1, 2012 / Issue 21

In This Issue

It pays to integrate anesthesia

As U.S. Supreme Court mulls healthcare, rumors fly

Some health reforms will continue no matter what Supreme Court says about the Affordable Care Act

Chicken scratches vs. electronic prescriptions

Study: Texas tops health insurance rebate list

EMR opportunity seen in targeting physicians with Web-based products

Telemonitoring may not help older patients

In Congress, a move to look into a medical debt collector

Meaningful-use requirements seen as compliance challenge

Colorado hospitals' competition has eye on bigger healthcare forces

Hot Clips: Cloud Computing


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Featured Article: Med Device Integration

It pays to integrate anesthesia

One hospital’s integration of more than 200 devices (including anesthesia machines) with its medical record system resulted in increased accuracy in patient data, decreased charting time and more time for patient care.

By Mary Carr, R.N., chief nursing officer, iSirona.

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WebCast

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Across the healthcare industry, we are seeing forward-thinking organizations develop new competencies in anticipation of the opportunity that comes with industry-wide transformation. They are positioning themselves for success. And they are defining the future of healthcare. Will your organization be ready?

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Health Law

As U.S. Supreme Court mulls healthcare, rumors fly

The collective impatience is fueling a mini-industry of rumors, wagers and speculation not seen since the Bush v. Gore case of 2000.

Read the Reuters article. >

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White Paper

Nine Tips to Bring Order to Hospital Communications Chaos

With the amount of information healthcare technology generates, communications have become intricate webs of guesswork, unknown mobile devices, confusing schedules, and just too many systems going beep. In this paper, you’ll find nine tips to cope with this chaos.

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HIEs

Some health reforms will continue no matter what Supreme Court says about the Affordable Care Act

Though efforts to set up a health insurance exchange in Missouri have failed so far, the concept is regarded nationally as one of many Affordable Care Act measures that will take root and thrive no matter what the Supreme Court says about the overall health reform law.

Read the St. Louis Beacon article. >

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E-prescribing

Chicken scratches vs. electronic prescriptions

As email and texting have become our favored means of written communication, handwriting has almost disappeared. But one place where handwriting persists is on medical prescriptions, and that’s unfortunate.

Read the NYT article. >

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Medical Loss Ratio

Study: Texas tops health insurance rebate list

Texas consumers and businesses are poised to receive an estimated $186 million in rebates from health insurers under a requirement of the Affordable Care Act, according to a study released by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Read the Texas Tribune article. >

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EHRs/EMRs

EMR opportunity seen in targeting physicians with Web-based products

The fastest sales growth and heaviest competition in the EMR market is in products sold to physicians, particularly solutions sold over the Internet, according to healthcare market research publisher Kalorama Information.

Read the Kalorama Information article. >

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Telehealth

Telemonitoring may not help older patients

Older patients with heart, lung or kidney disease who were monitored with at-home electronic systems were just as likely to be sent to the emergency room or hospitalized as those who weren’t monitored, in a new study.

Read the Reuters article. >

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Collections

In Congress, a move to look into a medical debt collector

A California representative is calling for an investigation into Accretive Health, one of the nation’s largest collectors of medical debt, for potentially violating a federal law that requires hospitals to provide emergency care regardless of citizenship, legal status or the ability to pay.

Read the NYT article. >

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Meaningful Use

Meaningful-use requirements seen as compliance challenge

While a majority of business administrators at hospitals and health systems say they are well along in completing electronic health record (EHR) system adoption, many are expressing various levels of doubt about their ability to meet new EHR standards, according to the results of a poll conducted by KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory services firm.

Read the KPMG release. >

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Big Picture

Colorado hospitals' competition has eye on bigger healthcare forces

The fierce battle for patients between Poudre Valley Health System and Banner Health is a glorious competition for quality and convenience across northern Colorado. Or it stands for all that is wrong with the careening spending in the U.S. health system.

Read the Denver Post article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Cloud Computing

Click on the highlighted links below to read the top HMT archival properties concerning cloud computing, a topic that is at the forefront of healthcare discussions.

  1. Is cloud storage right for your organization?
    Many healthcare organizations are looking to third-party vendors for help.
  2. Making the cloud work for healthcare
    Cloud computing offers incredible opportunities to improve healthcare, reduce costs and accelerate ability to adopt new IT services.
  3. How safe is the cloud?
    All of the pieces are in place to enable secure and compliant cloud-based storage environments.
  4. Getting started with cloud computing
    Offloading ancillary applications helps data center expand without adding cost or staff.
  5. 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.
  6. Overcoming today’s PACS/RIS challenges
    Select experts give their opinions.

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