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March 5, 2013
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  • CMS data show 70,000 fewer readmissions in 2012
    CMS data show 30-day readmission rates for Medicare patients dropped to 17.8% late in 2012 from an average of 19% over the preceding five years. The 70,000 fewer readmissions for 2012 show the Affordable Care Act is improving quality and slowing the growth in spending, Jonathan Blum, a CMS deputy administrator, told the Senate Finance Committee. Bloomberg (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Panel IDs 10 "strongly encouraged" patient safety schemes
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality published in a supplement in the Annals of Internal Medicine 10 strategies for improving patient safety that should be adopted immediately and an additional 12 strategies that are encouraged. Among those strongly encouraged for immediate use are preoperative and anesthesia checklists, hand hygiene, and interventions for reducing urinary catheter use. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Practice Management 
 
  • Prescribing on paper remains widespread, study finds
    A study by MediScripts revealed the use of paper prescriptions was more than 60% higher than the use of e-prescriptions in 2012, despite advances in the technology's adoption rates. "Prescribers are considering e-prescribing systems, which are rapidly adapting to meet their needs, but until physicians gain comfort with the technology, many will continue to depend on ... pen and paper," said MediScripts CEO Erez Lapsker. Drug Store News (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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How Physicians Can Use Technology To Bring A Mega Group To Life
In an increasingly complex business environment, U.S. Physicians are banding together into mega groups that gain leverage with payers without sacrificing independence. Innovative technology platforms are playing a major role in making it happen. One leading mega-group shares its story in this whitepaper.

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  • Study suggests lower-income patients left out of HIT advances
    A survey of more than 400 patients in low-income areas showed 78% of respondents want to communicate electronically with their physicians, but only 17% are able to interact with providers via e-mail, researchers wrote in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. "Lower-income patients from a wide variety of backgrounds want to be part of the health information technology revolution," said Dr. Adam Schickedanz. "The question is whether they will be afforded the opportunities to take part in the same way as their middle- and higher-income peers." U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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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.

  Products & Innovation 
  • Virtual assistants to help docs boost care delivery, survey says
    A survey conducted by Nuance Communications found 80% of participating physicians said virtual assistants would alter the way they utilize health care applications and EHRs over five years. Doctors also said mobile virtual assistants could boost health care delivery by improving their access to patient data and giving them more time to spend with patients. Healthcare IT News (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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10 ways to inspire creativity in your staff.
Fostering creative business practices isn't as hard as it seems and can lead to smart solutions. Use these ten techniques to help inspire and encourage creativity in your staff. Read the article and learn 10 ways to get the creative juices flowing.

  Policy & Reform Spotlight 
  • Change fee-for-service model to cut spending, report advises
    Health care payment models that reimburse based on services rendered should be replaced with a blended model, according to a report from the National Commission on Physician Payment Reform. A more efficient model would reimburse better for diagnostics and management, incorporate quality metrics into reimbursement rates, eliminate differential payments based on facility, encourage small organizations to share resources, and include fixed payments for certain patients. MedPage Today (free registration) (3/4), Kaiser Health News/Capsules blog (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Obama, Congress discuss Social Security, Medicare cuts
    President Barack Obama's negotiations with Republicans and Democrats includes talk of cuts to Social Security and Medicare, National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling said. "He's reaching out to Democrats who understand we have to make serious progress on long-term entitlement reform, and Republicans who realize that if we had that type of entitlement reform, they'd be willing to have tax reform that raises revenues to lower the deficit," Sperling said. The House is set to decide on a spending bill Thursday to avoid a March 27 shutdown. United Press International (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ACC News 
  • ACC offers new mobile resources for physicians and patients
    The increasing use of mobile technologies such as smartphones, tablets and e-readers has the ability to transform work flow, as well as enhance the way physicians communicate and share information on both a personal and professional level. To that end, the ACC has developed a number of mobile resources designed to help facilitate optimal cardiovascular care at the point of care, as well as help further the patient and cardiovascular care team relationship. Notably, the American College of Cardiology’s CardioSmart Explorer App is the first medical app by the ACC. Previously available exclusively to members of the ACC, it is now available to the general public. “There are so many tools and different ways we can impact health care,” said ACC President William Zoghbi, MD, FACC. “With the increasing College-wide focus on digital collaboration, there will soon be even more mobile offerings and tools to help the cardiac care team and their patients achieve their goals.” Read more about the ACC’s mobile resources in a recent ACC in Touch Blog post. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • ACCF releases AUC for implantable cardioverter-defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy
    The American College of Cardiology Foundation and the Heart Rhythm Society, along with other key specialty societies, have released appropriate use criteria for implantable cardioverter-defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy. The document is the first to incorporate the updated ACCF AUC methodology and provides assessed levels of appropriateness for implanting ICDs and CRTs in 369 real-life case scenarios, with the goal of enhancing physician and patient decision-making and improving care and health outcomes. "Appropriate use of ICDs has been garnering attention over the past few years, and this document helps address some of these concerns," said Mark Kremers, MD, FACC, FHRS, member of the writing committee and chair of the ICD Registry steering committee. Read more on CardioSource.org. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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