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May 8, 2012 / Issue 22

In This Issue

A prescription for healthcare security

Virtual doctors visits catch on with insurers, employers

Pitting employees against each other … for health

Health systems spending billions to prepare for the 'last war'

AMA reminds physicians of impending e-prescribing deadline

Electronic-records goals aren’t met by four-fifths of U.S. hospitals

Want to boost productivity? Take an email vacation

CMS delays Sunshine Act data collection until 2013

107 charged in Medicare fraud crackdown

Hot Clips: Cloud Computing


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Featured Article: Security

A prescription for healthcare security

Healthcare organizations with strong security programs share five common elements.

By Andrew Jaquith, chief technology officer, Perimeter E-Security.

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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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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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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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Wellness Incentives

Pitting employees against each other … for health

In the effort to make workers healthier, employers and insurers have dangled carrots. They've threatened with sticks. Now, they are trying games.

Read the WSJ article. >

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Meaningful Use

Health systems spending billions to prepare for the 'last war'

Healthcare IT departments have focused much of their attention on the $19 billion portion of the stimulus package allocated for the meaningful use of electronic health records. While this is logical given the available money, it is paying for health IT systems that are optimized for the "do more, bill more" model of reimbursement. However, that model is rapidly being replaced by a focus on value and outcomes – a 180-degree shift.

Read the iHealthBeat article. >

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E-prescribing

AMA reminds physicians of impending e-prescribing deadline

The American Medical Association (AMA) put out a reminder last Friday to physicians that June 30, 2012, is the deadline to report on at least 10 electronic scripts to avoid the 2013 Medicare e-prescribing program penalty.

Read the AMA notice. >

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EHRs

Electronic-records goals aren’t met by four-fifths of U.S. hospitals

More than 80 percent of hospitals have yet to achieve the requirements for the first stage of a $14.6 billion U.S. program to encourage doctors to adopt electronic medical records, the industry’s largest trade group said.

Read the Bloomberg article. >

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Workflow

Want to boost productivity? Take an email vacation

Being cut off from work email significantly reduces stress and allows employees to focus far better, according to a new study by UC Irvine and U.S. Army researchers.

Read the UC Irvine findings. >

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Transparency

CMS delays Sunshine Act data collection until 2013

Implementation of this provision of the health law, which is designed to shed light on the financial arrangements between doctors, drug makers and medical device companies, will now begin in 2013.

Read the KHN blog. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

107 charged in Medicare fraud crackdown

The latest Medicare fraud crackdown involves bogus claims totaling $452 million, officials say. Arrests are made in seven cities, including Los Angeles.

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

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