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December 12, 2014
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Interoperability roadmap recommendations formally endorsed by Health IT Policy Committee
Recommendations for the interoperability roadmap have been endorsed by the Health IT Policy Committee. Among the recommendations approved were public application program interfaces, coordinated architecture and the need to identify specific federal actions to promote interoperability. Clinical Innovation + Technology online (12/10)
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Leading health system speeds revenue cycle processes and adds visibility
After acquiring five new facilities and placing them all under the same tax ID, Norton Healthcare faced the challenge of bringing four additional billing systems into their processes. Manual and paper-based steps created a lack of visibility, resulting in 37 staff members taking four and a half days to complete one week of remittance transactions. Download the case study.

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Lawmakers express support for ICD-10 transition in 2015
A joint statement supporting the 2015 deadline for the ICD-10 transition has been issued by House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich. The lawmakers said they will stay in close contact with the CMS to assess and ensure stakeholders' readiness for the transition. Healthcare Informatics online (12/11)
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Athenahealth solutions to be used by Women's Health USA network
Athenahealth's athenaOne suite of services will be used by Women's Health USA to support the operations of its network of more than 250 physicians. In addition, the athenaCommunicator and athenaCollector solutions will be deployed in Women's Health USA's In Vitro Sciences business in New York and Connecticut. BeckersASC.com (12/11)
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4 Texas providers deploy software suite to support operations
Four specialty surgical facilities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas that are overseen by a partnership between White Health and Baylor Scott have implemented ProtonPACS' software suite to support their operations. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (12/11)
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5 positive ways to respond to negative comments.
Social media is a great way to connect with your customers, but what do you do when the conversation takes a negative turn? With 5 tips, you can learn how to positively respond and help direct the conversation. Read the article and learn the 5 ways to respond positively.

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Study looks at trends in patients' EHR use
A study conducted by the National Partnership for Women & Families found that 55% of participants used their EHRs at least three times annually, while 86% used their EHRs at least once a year. Among other significant findings is the rise in the percentage of adults whose doctors implement EHRs, to 80% this year from 64% in 2011. The study also revealed that patients who couldn't access their EHRs online have a lower level of trust in their doctors than those who have online access. BeckersHospitalReview.com (12/11)
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Study examines tablet, smartphone use by providers
A study by HIMSS Analytics found that 69% of 139 clinicians use smartphone and tablet health applications to view clinical data at work, while one-third of respondents believe the adoption of mobile devices will boost overall care efficiencies. However, the study also revealed that only 33% of respondents said they can use their mobile devices to access most of the clinical technologies they need. BeckersHospitalReview.com (12/11)
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Experts say companies need policies on wearable fitness devices
Increasing numbers of employees using wearable fitness devices mean employers may need to set guidelines for privacy, electronic communications and workers who choose to use their own personal trackers, experts say. Companies also may want to consider offering devices as part of health plans and integrating the devices with other corporate technology to track productivity. Entrepreneur online (12/10)
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CellScope begins preorder for mobile otoscope
CellScope has started accepting preorders for its Oto Home device from consumers in California. The smartphone-enabled otoscope was designed to enable users to capture visuals of a patient's ear canal and send recordings along with other health data to a remote doctor who will assess whether the patient has a chronic ear infection. A special version of the device called Oto Pro was made available earlier to doctors nationwide. MobiHealthNews.com (12/11)
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ACOs seek additional changes to Medicare Shared Savings Program rules
The CMS proposed relaxing some criteria for participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, but some accountable care organizations would like to see more concessions. The CMS proposed delaying until 2018 rules that establish penalties for missed savings goals and proposed reducing the sharing rate for achieved savings from 50% to 40%. ACOs are requesting a longer delay in the downside risk rules to optimize their programs and no cut in the sharing rate. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/8)
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Insurer works with physician network to enhance pediatric care in Ariz.
Phoenix Children's Care Network has agreed to establish an accountable care organization with Health Choice to improve care delivery for the pediatric members of Health Choice Arizona's acute Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System Medicaid plan. The Health Choice Preferred ACO also aims to enhance EHR sharing and provider collaboration in Arizona. BeckersHospitalReview.com (12/11)
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