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May 15, 2012 / Issue 23

In This Issue

PHI data sharing and secure collaboration made easy

Healthcare law means uncertainty for doctors

Which hospitals’ patients cost Medicare the most?

Congress to former CMS chiefs: How would you fix Medicare?

Report: Health law rule to yield $1.3 billion in insurance rebates

EHR vendor contract controversy persists

NJ gov vetoes Obama-related health exchange bill

Latest Lenovo workstation: Solid power for professionals on a budget

A benefits statement you can read

Swallowed battery hazards: ER visits double

Virtual doctors visits catch on with insurers, employers

Hot Clips: Cloud Computing


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Featured Article: Data Exchange

PHI data sharing and secure collaboration made easy

Today’s technology facilitates secure compliance and fast user adoption.

By Alan Gonsenhauser, Biscom

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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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Health Law

Healthcare law means uncertainty for doctors

The president of the Colorado Medical Society, Dr. Brent Keeler, says nobody knows what will happen if the Supreme Court strikes the law down. But if it upholds it, the future isn’t exactly clear, either.

Read the Colo. Public Radio story. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

Which hospitals’ patients cost Medicare the most?

New government data identify the 10 hospitals whose patients cost Medicare the most – both during their stays and for all services in the month afterward.

Read the KHN blog. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

Congress to former CMS chiefs: How would you fix Medicare?

Four former CMS administrators have one month to develop a plan to overhaul the widely panned Medicare physician payment system.

Read the Advisory Board article. >

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Health Law

Report: Health law rule to yield $1.3 billion in insurance rebates

A rule created by the 2010 healthcare law and finalized Friday will yield about $1.3 billion in insurance rebates for nearly 16 million Americans, according to estimates by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Read The Hill article. >

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EHRs

EHR vendor contract controversy persists

Like many industries that evolve in a somewhat unregulated marketplace, health IT has enjoyed a bit of a Wild West existence, albeit within a highly competitive environment. One hot-button issue is electronic health record vendor contract language that some claim impedes safety improvement. Two types of clauses have landed in the limelight.

Read the iHealthBeat article. >

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HIEs

NJ gov vetoes Obama-related health exchange bill

Gov. Chris Christie vetoed legislation last Thursday that would set up a state health insurance exchange as part of President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul, saying the state shouldn't rush to enact such a law and possibly create new burdens on taxpayers while the constitutionality of the federal act remains to be decided.

Read the AP article. >

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Hardware

Latest Lenovo workstation: Solid power for professionals on a budget

Lenovo announced the release of the Lenovo ThinkStation E31 yesterday, an entry-level workstation for professionals requiring a powerful desktop workstation within a PC budget. Offered as a mini-tower or small form factor (SFF), both include choices of the latest speedy Intel Xeon Processor E3 along with enhanced memory performance and graphics capabilities.

Read about the new Lenovo workstation. >

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Claims & Coding

A benefits statement you can read

Belle Likover, a 92-year-old seniors advocate in Shaker Heights, Ohio, led the Ohio Department of Aging’s advisory council last year, and she is not easily deterred by government mumbo jumbo. Still, she struggled to understand the summary of payments she recently received from Medicare after a five-day hospital stay. Starting next year, officials will begin using a new consumer-friendly format.

Read the NYT blog. >

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Family Health

Swallowed battery hazards: ER visits double

An increasing number of children are swallowing the button batteries that power everything from remote controls to musical greeting cards and can burn a hole in a child's esophagus in less than two hours.

Read the MSNBC article. >

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Most Popular Last Issue: Telehealth

Virtual doctors visits catch on with insurers, employers

NowClinic, which started in 2010 and has expanded into 22 states, is part of the explosion of Web- and telephone-based medical services that experts say are transforming the delivery of primary healthcare and giving consumers access to inexpensive, round-the-clock care for routine problems.

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

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