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December 12, 2012
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  • Report calls for better use of CMS Medicare prepayment edits
    Medicare savings might have been better for fiscal years 2010 and 2011 if CMS had used its prepayment edits more for closer examination of patient claims, according to a study released by the Government Accountability Office. The report recommends CMS take steps to boost its use of edits, such as promoting more data sharing on effective edits and examining the feasibility of raising incentives for edit implementation. Healthcare IT News (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  EHRs and MU 
  • More providers seek outside help for revenue cycle management
    A KLAS report finds that more health care groups are enlisting the help of third-party companies to assist with revenue cycle management. This trend is driven in part by efforts to comply with federal meaningful use mandates, reduce costs and prepare for the ICD-10 transition, the report notes. (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Strong growth of ACOs expected in 2013
    Experts predict a rapid increase in the number of accountable care organizations in 2013. "This is becoming a more pervasive phenomenon," said Dr. Norman Chenven of the Austin Regional Clinic. As many as 31 million patients are involved in some way with the ACO model, according to consulting organization Oliver Wyman. American Medical News (free content) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PREPARE website to help families make advance care decisions
    There is a disconnect between a health system's needs for documentation and a patient and family's need for information about treatments and prognosis and support making medical decisions, writes Dr. Rebecca Sudore of the University of California, San Francisco. A new website called PREPARE, being launched in January, will provide information to patients and families that advance directives do not include to help them identify their values, communicate with physicians and make informed medical decisions, according to Sudore. GeriPal blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Game lets users connect neural dots
    Online game EyeWire asks players to map neural connections through the retina in an effort to understand the workings of junctional adhesion molecule B retinal cells. Co-developer and MIT researcher Sebastian Seung hopes the results will lead to a better understanding of some forms of blindness as well as autism. Nature/News Blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • ATA collaborates with legislative groups to promote telehealth
    Three minority legislative groups have collaborated with the American Telemedicine Association in an effort to inform lawmakers about telemedicine and move a model for state-level telehealth legislation forward. "We're using the outcomes evidence and lessons learned from these cases to show all state governments how telemedicine can improve the quality of healthcare, increase access, and reduce costs," ATA CEO Jonathan Linkous said. Healthcare Informatics online (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hacking-related data breach at N.C. hospital affects 6,300
    Carolinas Medical Center-Randolph in Charlotte, N.C., has informed about 6,300 patients about a data breach after a provider's e-mail account was found to have been hacked. The compromised information included Social Security numbers contained in five e-mails, patients' names, dates of birth, and medical record and account numbers. Health Data Management (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 5 strategies to safeguard patient privacy and prevent breaches
    A recent Ponemon Institute study finds that in the past two years, 94% of surveyed health groups experienced one or more data breaches, with 45% reporting more than five incidents. This article outlines five steps to safeguard patient privacy and health data, starting with integrating pre-breach and post-breach processes into day-to-day operations. Government Health IT online (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Career Track 
  • N.C. hospital network taps new CIO
    Steve Horsley, associate chief information officer at Cone Health, was promoted by the Greensboro, N.C., hospital network to CIO effective Jan. 1. Horsley, who earlier worked as chief technology officer at a hospital in Seattle, has overseen Cone Health's efforts to adopt an EHR system. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • WEDI seeks VP of development and external relations
    WEDI is seeking an extremely knowledgeable, determined and organized vice president for development & external relations with a track record of entrepreneurial leadership to accelerate our business development efforts. The successful candidate must be simultaneously a creative, visionary thinker and a hands-on player. The vice president will work to set strategies and processes to drive revenue programs and work in concert with the vice president of member services and the director of marketing to attract and retain members and attract new corporate sponsors. Read the full job description. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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