Health group publishes checklist to help hospitals transition to ICD-10 | Ed Marx comments on getting help from professional organizations | Butler Health CIO: Why practicing doctors make efficient CIOs
August 20, 2015
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Health group publishes checklist to help hospitals transition to ICD-10
A checklist for hospitals leading up the Oct. 1 ICD-10 code deadline has been prepared by the American Hospital Association. The list covers financial protection as well as verification of the readiness of internal systems and external partners. EHR Intelligence (8/18), Health Data Management (8/18)
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Ed Marx comments on getting help from professional organizations
Ed Marx
(Ed Marx, NYC HHC IT leadership team)
A couple of weeks ago, I shared research findings showing that while hospitals are prepared for ICD-10, many physicians in smaller practices are not. Many professional organizations such as the American Hospital Association have stepped up to assist their members. The articles referenced above have a link to the AHA checklist that is useful for hospitals that may be struggling or just want to verify they are on the right path. The American Medical Association is doing something similar for their physician constituencies.

I appreciate professional organizations that not only advocate for their customers in government affairs and promote professional development, but that also go the extra mile in helping with real-life business challenges. ICD-10 is an excellent example in which professional organizations have bridged a gap between a mandate and its execution. CHIME operates in this manner, as well, on our behalf as CIOs. I appreciate how they advocate for CIOs, provide ample professional education and networking opportunities and help bridge the gap for us as we try hard to keep up with industry changes. See you at the Fall Forum.
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Butler Health CIO: Why practicing doctors make efficient CIOs
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Technology Spotlight
HIT revenues to reach $53.2B in 2019, report says
A Transparency Market Research report projected health care information systems market revenues will hit $53.2 billion in 2019, with a 7.1% compound annual growth rate from 2013 to 2019. Rising care costs, government programs, the growing aging population and more investments in health IT are expected to drive the trend. Interoperability problems, lack of skilled workers and the high costs of establishing and maintaining health care informatics are among the barriers to market growth. (free registration) (8/18)
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Report finds improved EHR satisfaction among physician practices in 2015
A Black Book Rankings report found the satisfaction of large physician practices with their EHR platforms rose from 8% in 2013 to 67% in the second quarter of 2015. The report said athenahealth, McKesson, Greenway and Allscripts were the companies with the biggest client satisfaction increases from 2014 to 2015. (8/19)
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Management & Operation
Report: IT professionals list data integration as top challenge in offering care benefits
A MeriTalk survey found that health and human services agencies are wasting an estimated $342 billion annually due to issues with benefit eligibility and verification. Data integration was IT executives' and program managers' most common answer for what could help, followed by addressing challenges to data accuracy. (8/18)
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Regulatory & Legislative
Survey to look at federal, state government's role in health IT
A HIMSS survey is exploring stakeholders' views on what roles federal and state governments should play in health IT as the sector moves beyond meaningful use. The group said the approaching final stage of MU, the launch of the Precision Medicine Initiative and recent efforts by HHS to improve the health care delivery system are creating an opportune time to assess how the government could best help advance health IT use. The deadline to take the survey is Sept. 9. Health Data Management (8/19)
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Telemedicine program boosts care experience of hip, knee replacement patients
A study of the OrthoCare Program launched by Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond, Va., with VOX Telehealth found the initiative enhanced the care experience and outcomes of patients who had hip and knee replacement surgeries at the hospital. The telehealth initiative, which begins before surgery and extends to up to three months post-surgery, resulted in shorter hospital stays and more direct-to-home discharges, and 91% of patients said the program helped manage their expectations of the procedure. Healthcare Informatics online (8/19)
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Survey: Most visitors to CVS MinuteClinic like telehealth tech
One-third of 1,734 respondents in a survey about telemedicine said they preferred a video visit with a physician at a CVS MinuteClinic station over an in-person appointment. While 33% preferred the telehealth technology experience, 57% liked it equally as well as a face-to-face meeting with a doctor, and 10% said the experience was worse. (8/18)
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Registration for CHIME15 is open
Registration for the health care IT industry's most anticipated event of the year is open. The CHIME15 Fall CIO Forum will be held Oct. 14-17 in Orlando and feature bestselling author and happiness expert Shawn Achor as the opening keynote. Visit the CHIME website for registration information, agenda, list of speakers and other conference details.
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