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October 23, 2012
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Computer-Assisted Coding: Are you REALLY Ready?
Computer-Assisted Coding (CAC) technology is helping hospitals improve coding efficiency and accuracy, but does your facility have the technology, documentation, and other resources needed to reap the full benefits? Learn the three vital steps you can take today to assess your hospital's readiness. Download this free CAC white paper today.
  EHRs and MU 
  • CMS issues corrections for final stage 2 MU rule errors
    A 10-page document has been issued by CMS to correct typographical and technical mistakes in the final rule for stage 2 EHR meaningful use that was released on Sept. 4. The errors include omissions and other mistakes that could have an impact on how covered entities interpret the rules, and the corrections are being published today in the Federal Register. Health Data Management (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Poll: Patients want drugmakers to correct online misinformation
    Pfizer had the highest name recognition among so-called health activists, followed by Johnson & Johnson, Novartis and Sanofi, according to a WEGO survey of 356 patients who are highly active online. When asked to name a drug company that uses social media to engage patients, activists praised Sanofi for its diabetes engagement program and said Novartis is well-represented in the cancer space. However, 61% said general social media sites include misconceptions and misinformation about health care products, and 82% said companies have a responsibility to correct misinformation in social media. Medical Marketing & Media (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • More mobile apps are designed to streamline clinician workflow
    Mobile health applications have made strides in clinical settings to the point where developers have begun integrating their software directly into clinicians' workflow, according to attendees at a health technology event last week. Companies showcased applications to reduce hospital readmissions, cut emergency department wait times and provide nurses with data when patients are at medical care sites. InformationWeek (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tenn. provider informs patients of data breach
    Around 27,000 patients have been notified by Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, Tenn., after a laptop with their protected data was stolen on Aug. 25. Compromised patient data include patient names, birth dates, addresses and billing information, as well as Social Security numbers for 5,000 of the patients. Health Data Management (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Onsite clinics draw interest of D.C. area employers
    Some employers in the Washington, D.C., area see a return on investment from their onsite health clinics, and others are studying the issue to see if the upfront cost is worth it. Discovery Communications says it will save about $2.2 million this year when comparing clinic costs with visits to a private physician, while Montgomery County, Md., is seeking proposals for a clinic that would be open to all employees. The Washington Post (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  HIE 
  • Teenagers facing health risks eager to share, access health data
    Teenagers who have an increased risk of health problems are interested in accessing their online health data, according to a study by the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and Stanford University School of Medicine. Researchers found that troubled teenagers face different challenges, including having tough relationships with their parents and constantly moving, which are factors that prevent physicians from getting a complete picture of their health history. The study also indicated that most adolescent participants would be willing to share health records online. Healthcare Informatics online (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Career Track 
  • Patient surveys can help educate staff, improve medical practices
    Better-performing medical practices survey patients about their satisfaction and leverage the findings to examine and boost practice operations as well as educate staff and doctors regarding their behavior, according to a study by the Medical Group Management Association. The study also showed the top multi-specialty practices posted lower overall operating costs as a percentage of total medical revenue compared with other practices. Healthcare Informatics online (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • ASC X12 Clearinghouse Caucus attendees to collaborate on 5 areas
    Cooperative Exchange, the national association representing organizations in the health care information technology and transaction industry, hosted the first-ever Clearinghouse Caucus at the ASC X12 Standing Committee meeting. Caucus Chairman Joseph Gonzalez, president of the Cooperative Exchange, led attendees to identify five areas of collaboration:
    • Stakeholder collaboration, reduction of administrative burden and increased adoption of EDI solutions;
    • EDI enrollment;
    • Understanding issues of clearinghouses (removing "Black Box" perspective);
    • Emerging regulation/legislative landscape (including operating rules, HPID/OEID and workers' compensation state legislation); and
    • ICD-10-CM industry collaboration.
    Also, Betty Gomez, ASC X12 Provider Information co-chair, provided an overview of the EDI enrollment work group efforts. Attendees can join this work group by sending an e-mail to betty.gomez@zirmed.com. The next ASC X12 Clearinghouse Caucus meeting will take place in conjunction with the Standing Committee meeting Jan. 20–24 in Seattle, Wash. For more information, contact Executive Director Tim McMullen, JD, CAE, at tim@cooperativeexchange.org. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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