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ICD-10: CMS won't deny claims for first year

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 13:34

In a surprise concession, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Monday that it would work with the American Medical Association on four steps designed to ease the transition to ICD-10.

Despite longtime disagreements on the topic, CMS will now adopt suggestions made by none other than the AMA with regard to the code set conversion. Those changes concern:

ICD-10 & Coding

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The 'fatal cost' of poor IT rollouts

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 11:10

Too often, health organizations "make rookie mistakes" in their technology implementations, writes Leapfrog President and CEO Leah Binder. And too often, these rollouts leave hospitals vulnerable to serious patient safety risks.

Writing in the Wall Street Journal on July 1, Binder lays out a familiar list of complaints.

Quality and Safety

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MU, Cerner ink 10-year contract extension

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 10:59

The five-hospital University of Missouri Health Care based in Columbia, Missouri, announced it was extending its contract with EHR giant Cerner to 2025.

The contract, Cerner officials said, will focus specifically on population health, research and identifying cost savings for the health system.

Electronic Health Records

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Get My Health Data campaign launches

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 10:56

As promised last month, former ONC chief Farzad Mostashari, MD, and friends, launched on July 2, the Get My Health Data Campaign. The idea was to launch close to July 4 in order to declare the date as "Data Independence Day."

Policy and Legislation

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Nursing homes get help with HIE

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 10:25

While nursing homes have traditionally been one of the weakest links when it comes to health information exchange and care coordination, a new project aims to help improve those facilities' electronic communication with hospitals.

Health Information Exchange (HIE)

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How to save the meaningful use program

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 10:23

There was a better way to approach Stage 2 meaningful use program. Niam Yaraghi, a fellow in the Brookings Institution's Center for Technology Innovation, explains in a blog published today titled "Meaningful Use Program: Why it failed and how to save it."

Meaningful Use

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Big Data Byte: James Colbert, MD, on high-value referral networks

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 10:13
Short Headline:  Big Data Byte: James Colbert, MD

James A. Colbert, MD, Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, discusses how to use data to create a high-value referral network for specialty care and reduce costs.

 

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Aetna to buy Humana in $37B deal

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 09:43

Health insurance giant Aetna will acquire rival insurer Humana in a $37 billion deal announced July 3. The transaction equals about $230 per Humana share.

Accountable Care

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CIO Spotlight Episode 26: Eddy Stephens

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 12:01
Short Headline:  CIO Spotlight Episode 26: Eddy Stephens

Eddy Stephens, VP/CIO at Infirmary Health in Mobile, Alabama, talks about the current role of the CIO and how voice recognition software has helped the organization.

 

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Thumbnail:  CIO Spotlight Episode 26: Eddy Stephens Eddy Stephens, VP/CIO at Infirmary Health in Mobile, Alabama, talks about the current role of the CIO and how voice recognition software has helped his organization. Healthcare IT News video/cio-spotlight-episode-26-eddy-stephens

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Survey shows care coordination lacking

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 10:45

Health IT-enabled care coordination leaves much to be desired, according to a new survey of clinicians. The survey results were published online in the May/June issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

The survey showed that although 78 percent of the 350 respondents viewed timely notification of hospital discharges as very important, only about 49 percent used health IT systems to accomplish this task.

Quality and Safety

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Privacy & security: 'theater' vs. reality

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 10:41

At the Healthcare IT News Privacy & Security Forum in Chicago on Wednesday, Jim Goddard, executive director of Kaiser Permanente's Cyber Risk Defense Center, made the case that healthcare organizations too often depend on security protections that aren't much more than "theater."

Privacy & Security

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CHIME presses Congress for patient ID

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 10:07

In a July 1 letter, to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions group working on improving EHRs, CHIME highlights correct patient identification as a critical need for ensuring patient safety.

Clinical

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Top 10 stories of 2015 so far

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 09:43

As the summer dawns, we look back on the first six months of the year's biggest stories – from population health to ICD-10, meaningful use to privacy and security – that had Healthcare IT News readers clicking, tweeting, liking, sharing and commenting.

Population Health

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Big Data Byte: Brian Wells on liberating data

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:31
Short Headline:  Brian Wells on liberating data

Brian Wells, Associate VP of Health Technology and Academic Computing at Penn Medicine, talks about the PennSeek application and the effort to index and connect different types of data to make it accessible and effective for precision medicine.

 

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IPO for NantHealth coming this year

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:15

Patrick Soon-Shiong, businessman, surgeon, scientist and founder of health IT company NantHealth announced he plans to take the company public by the end of the year. 

"We feel we have one or two transactions to accomplish, then we will initiate the public offering that we anticipate will happen probably within this year," Soon-Shiong told the Los Angeles Times.

Financial/Revenue Cycle Management

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Don't believe everything you hear about ICD-10

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 10:52

Many healthcare organizations are focusing on being ready for the ICD-10 changeover on Oct. 1. Just as important is what will come after that.

Productivity losses

This is legend. The fear is that ICD-10 code set is so large and complex that medical coders aren't going to be able to keep up with their current coding output.

ICD-10 & Coding

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Healthcare adjusts to life as hacker target

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:23

During the Cold War, back when Richard "Dickie" George was a mathematician at the National Security Agency, security meant something different than it does today. The foes knew one another well. And if there was plenty of skulduggery to go around, at least there were some recognizable rules of engagement.

"Back when it was us and the Soviets, there was about one big espionage event every 10 years," he said, speaking at the Healthcare IT News Privacy & Security Forum in Chicago on Tuesday.

Privacy & Security

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Providers grapple with cybersecurity

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:02

The numbers should shake any provider still blissfully ignorant of privacy threats out of their complacency: Two-thirds of health organizations polled by HIMSS for its latest cybersecurity survey say they've recently experienced a "significant security incident."

Privacy & Security

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Managing up

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 08:32
Managing up

I took my first job at age 13, building model planes and skateboards at Palos Verdes Hobby Shop. Over the past 40 years, I’ve reported to over a dozen people. Some were inspirational and charismatic. Others were more task delegation oriented. Some were problem solvers. Others shunned detail. Some were great listeners. Others were talkers.

Every leader is different and working for them requires an understanding of their preferences. Although I’ve never “managed up," I have adapted to the needs of the various people I’ve worked for.

Workforce Managing up Every leader is different and working for them requires an understanding of their preferences. Here is John Halamka, MD's advice on thriving in complex hierarchical organizations. Healthcare IT News blog/managing

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Dispelling common HIE myths

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 08:15
Dispelling common HIE myths

Information sharing is front and center in the healthcare industry today, with many organizations debating how to best create and sustain an effective information sharing platform. A robust data repository, or a health information exchange (HIE), can be the linchpin in sharing information across the care continuum and different care settings. Those working on achieving this goal often stumble upon some common misconceptions that might delay launch or prevent successful operation of an HIE.

Health Information Exchange (HIE) Dispelling common HIE myths A robust data repository, or a health information exchange, can be the linchpin in sharing information across the care continuum and different care settings. Those working on achieving this goal often stumble upon some common misconceptions that might delay launch or prevent successful operation of an HIE. Healthcare IT News blog/dispelling-common-hie-myths

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