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June 26, 2012 / Issue 29

In This Issue

Discovering the value of automated referral management

New health IT effort aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse

How some physicians use YouTube for networking

Health law is mixed bag for employers

Healthcare technology will survive if Obamacare is overturned

The irrelevance of the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare

Why many young adults might lose coverage if health law falls

Healthcare industry feels the shortage of IT workers

U.S. healthcare needs data standards, registries, study says

AHIMA toolkit helps HIM departments prepare for EHR transformation

Most popular last issue: HHS official's exit spurs speculation

Hot Clips: Meaningful Use


Featured Article: Referrals

Discovering the value of automated referral management

A Dallas-area hospital deploys automated referral management solutions in the emergency department (ED) to improve care coordination and build stronger ties with physician practices.

By Julie Martin, director of business development and marketing, Texas Regional Medical Center at Sunnyvale

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Prescriptions

New health IT effort aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse

Existing prescription drug use data will be made available to providers and pharmacists when treating patients in ambulatory and emergency departments through a new pilot program launched June 21 by the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

Read about the HHS program. >

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Self-Promotion

How some physicians use YouTube for networking

A new survey finds that many healthcare professionals, including physicians, are making important professional connections through the video sharing site – even if they never make a video.

Read the AMA article. >

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Healthcare Law

Health law is mixed bag for employers

A decision to invalidate the entire healthcare law would have vastly different effects on employers, depending on their size.

Read the KHN article. >

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Healthcare Law

Healthcare technology will survive if Obamacare is overturned

Many hospital CIOs say their plans for implementing technology won’t be affected by the outcome, even though some aspects of the act incentivize the use of new applications.

Read the CIO Journal blog. >

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Healthcare Law

The irrelevance of the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare

Dave Chase's “day job” is working with healthcare providers recognized as Disruptive Innovators who are reinventing healthcare and slaying the healthcare cost beast as a byproduct – regardless of what happens in Washington.

Read the Forbes article. >

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Healthcare Law

Why many young adults might lose coverage if health law falls

Coverage for young adults who are no longer dependents of their parents could be considered taxable income.

Read the NPR article. >

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Jobs

Healthcare industry feels the shortage of IT workers

The next wave of workers hired by the nation's healthcare industry may never see a patient. Instead, they'll need to know what Kelly Dale teaches at St. Paul College – the complex medical coding system used by hospitals and clinics to get paid.

Read the Star Tribune article. >

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Clinical Data

U.S. healthcare needs data standards, registries, study says

Several IT obstacles hold the nation back from establishing a value-based healthcare system, according to the Boston Consulting Group.

Read the InformationWeek article. >

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EHRs

AHIMA toolkit helps HIM departments prepare for EHR transformation

A new eBook provides resources and guidance on the design and operations of the HIM department.

Learn more about the AHIMA book. >

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Most popular last issue: HHS

HHS official's exit spurs speculation

From the outside, the timing of the announcement that Department of Health and Human Services’ top insurance regulator is leaving for a job with UnitedHealthcare couldn’t have looked any worse.

Read the Politico article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Meaningful Use

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

  1. Overcoming today’s PACS/RIS challenges
    An HMT roundup exclusive.
  2. The ICD-10 delay clarified: What it means for you
    Five implications of CMS' proposal to push back compliance to October 2014.
  3. Let the evolution begin
    Meaningful-use Stage 2 criteria signal a maturing of care coordination.
  4. Unstructured data a common hurdle to achieving guidelines
    Healthcare organizations are increasingly looking for solutions to transform paper-based processes into more efficient electronic workflows.

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