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July 10, 2012 / Issue 33

In This Issue

Population health management requires scale within provider organizations

Study: High CEO pay doesn’t boost hospital quality

Auto industry lean techniques boost morale and teamwork in the operating room

Can the iPad 2 adversely affect med equipment?

States could cut Medicaid rolls in 2014 as a result of court ruling

Clinical trials get boost from above

WakeMed to bolster communications for 1,000 N.C. physicians

Feds rank Texas worst healthcare provider

CMS proposes 7 percent payment increase for family physicians

What really makes us fat

Most popular last issue: Can NLP technology handle ICD-10?

Hot Clips: Workflow


Featured Article: Analytics

Population health management requires scale within provider organizations

Physician-led quality improvement initiatives, enabled by data analytics and scaled up with automation, will move the needle on today’s population health efforts.

By Steve Schelhammer, CEO, Phytel

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Money

Study: High CEO pay doesn’t boost hospital quality

Everybody agrees the health system needs to improve patient results even as it becomes more efficient. So shouldn’t we reward hospital managers who make progress in both areas?

Read the KHN article. >

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Workflow

Auto industry lean techniques boost morale and teamwork in the operating room

University of Michigan Health System study shows streamlining surgical practice may also enhance education for surgical residents.

Read the University of Michigan article. >

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Mobile Devices

Can the iPad 2 adversely affect med equipment?

Researchers find tablet computers may interfere with magnetically programmable shunt valve settings.

Read the ScienceDaily article. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

States could cut Medicaid rolls in 2014 as a result of court ruling

Starting in 2014, things could get worse for people in the Medicaid program.

Read the KHN article. >

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Cloud Computing

Clinical trials get boost from above

Oracle has launched the cloud-based Health Sciences Network to evaluate research protocols and recruit participants for clinical trials.

Read the eWeek article. >

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Communications

WakeMed to bolster communications for 1,000 N.C. physicians

WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, N.C., will roll out Amcom Mobile Connect encrypted smartphone communications for 1,000 users. The addition of smartphone communications will provide highly secure mobile messaging for busy clinicians who need immediate contact regardless of their physical locations.

Read the Amcom news. >

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Quality of Care

Feds rank Texas worst healthcare provider

Texas ranked dead last in the federal government's latest report card on the delivery of health services, falling short in areas ranging from acute hospital care to home treatment of the chronically ill. Find out which state ranked first.

Read the Houston Chronicle article. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

CMS proposes 7 percent payment increase for family physicians

The increase in payment to family practitioners is part of the proposed rule that would update payment policies and rates under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for calendar year (CY) 2013.

Read about the CMS proposed rule. >

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Personal Health

What really makes us fat

A CALORIE is a calorie. This truism has been the foundation of nutritional wisdom and our beliefs about obesity since the 1960s. But not everyone buys it.

Read the NYT article. >

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Claims and Coding

Most popular last issue: Can NLP technology handle ICD-10?

How making the jump from ICD-9 to ICD-10 can be less intimidating to coding professionals.

By Mark Morsch and Brian Potter, OptumInsight

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Workflow

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

  1. Easing the paper-to-EHR transition
    Consolidating administrative functions while ensuring clinical data is shared amongst the group.
  2. Staff scheduling synchronicity
    Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta implements a Web-based staffing and scheduling system.
  3. An alternative road to meaningful use
    Smaller hospitals may benefit from this affordable strategy.
  4. Eight reasons payer interoperability and data sharing are essential in ACOs
    Interoperability standards could be a prerequisite to measuring care.

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