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March 27, 2013
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  • Providers have until Sept. 23 to comply with new HIPAA regs
    New HIPAA rules, which took effect Tuesday, make business associates of health care professionals liable for violations and add some patient control over data disclosures. Providers generally must comply with the new rules by Sept. 23, according to an official at the American Health Information Management Association. Providers in some cases have longer to comply with the measure addressing business associates. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Data breach affects 4,000 Ore. patients
    Oregon Health & Science University announced a data breach affecting around 4,000 surgery patients. The incident occurred when an unencrypted laptop with patient data was stolen at a vacation rental home of an OHSU surgeon in Hawaii. Compromised data included patient names, surgery dates and medical record numbers. Healthcare Informatics online (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CIOs must be able to articulate strategy
    It is just as important to be able to communicate your organization's health IT strategy as it is to have an effective strategy, writes Ministry Health Care & Affinity Health System CIO Will Weider. He recommends ditching the PowerPoint templates in favor of more engaging ways to present ideas, and he encourages CIOs to read up on the latest techniques. HealthSystemCIO.com (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  EHRs and MU 
  • Outpatient provider "workarounds" point to EHR shortcomings
    Doctors working in outpatient clinics use consistent "workarounds" including paper reminders and alert overrides to cope with limited EHR systems, researchers wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. The findings reflect shared issues in outpatient clinics that EHR platforms fail to address. BeckersHospitalReview.com (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NCQA recognizes specialists through PCMH initiative
    A patient-centered medical home recognition program has been unveiled by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for physician specialist groups that share data with primary care practices. The Patient-Centered Specialty Practice Recognition is in line with stage 1 and stage 2 EHR meaningful use criteria. Health Data Management (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  mHealth 
  • New app looks at foot, ankle conditions
    A mobile health application called Heel Thy Tendon was designed by orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Furia and a group of Bucknell University students to examine four commonly afflicted areas of the foot and ankle: Achilles tendinopathy, planter fasciopathy, posterior tibial tendinopathy and peroneal tendinopathy. The app, developed for iPhone and Android devices, also allows users to easily identify the symptoms of foot and ankle problems and learn ways to manage their conditions. Health Tech Zone (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • McKesson's medical-billing app saves staff time
    McKesson's Medisoft Mobile medical-billing application for iOS devices decreases the time spent entering charges, Calvin Azuri writes. "This allows us to focus on working the accounts receivable rather than charge entry. The doctor and his staff are excited because they don’t have to track down missing encounter forms," MD Solutions owner Cheryl Gerlitz says. The app coordinates with Medisoft v18 to allow for easier schedule viewing and many other uses. Health Tech Zone (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • UnitedHealthcare, Coastal Medical establish ACO
    An accountable care organization is being established through the partnership of Coastal Medical in Rhode Island and UnitedHealthcare and will begin operations April 1. "We're very interested in the 'triple aim' of better quality, lower costs and a better patient experience, and we think this agreement between us and Coastal helps get us there," said Stephen Farrell, CEO of UnitedHealthcare of New England. BenefitsPro.com/The Associated Press (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Mich. HIE welcomes first health plan participant
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is the first health plan to join the Michigan Health Information Network and be connected to providers and medical care groups. "BCBSM is helping pioneer the next phase of health information exchange in Michigan. With the inclusion of health plans in Michigan's statewide network, the opportunities for better care coordination rapidly accelerate," MiHIN Executive Director Tim Pletcher said. EHR Intelligence (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • WEDI holds free webinar to address automation in property and casualty industry
    WEDI recently announced the creation of a new Property and Casualty Electronic Medical Bill (eBill) Sub-Workgroup dedicated to streamlining workers' compensation and auto medical bill and payment processing. To ensure maximum stakeholder participation in this effort, the sub-workgroup is hosting a FREE introductory webinar, "Bringing automation into the Property and Casualty Industry: Overview of eBilling and How it Works," on Thursday, March 28, at 2:00 p.m. ET. Participants will learn how they can support the subgroup's work by helping to identify successes, remove barriers to eBilling and accelerate and expand industry-wide adoption of eBilling and electronic attachments. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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