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December 27, 2012
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  • Health systems anticipate reduced capital investment growth
    U.S. health systems and hospitals expect their growth in capital investments to be lower than in 2010 because of expected lower patient admissions, according to Premier Healthcare Alliance's fall 2012 Economic Outlook. Of the 617 study respondents, 41% anticipate capital spending growth over last year, compared with 46% in spring 2011 and 42% in fall 2010. However, 43 percent of respondents said they expected to make their largest capital investment in health care information technology. Healthcare Informatics online (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Experts cite challenge of sharing DNA science across society
    Using cheaper and faster tools for DNA sequencing presents novel ways to combat disease and other issues, but sharing the value of this technology across society will be among the biggest obstacles that DNA scientists will face, experts said at a recent Nobel meeting in Sweden. Helga Nowotny of the European Research Council noted that academic centers in developed countries have most of the genetics expertise, and she cautions that it needs to be shared. "One possibility would be that we would end up with a genetic divide," she said, adding, "I'm most afraid of the corrosive effects of inequalities." Health Data Management (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ICD-10, HIPAA 5010 to see increased attention next year
    The new year will see more staff time, funding and external resources being redirected from other initiatives to the ICD-10 transition as the industry works to compensate for lost time, according to this article. Many health groups also will have to rework their ICD-10 plans and place a greater emphasis on efforts to comply with HIPAA 5010, this article notes. However, final rules addressing issues such as documentation have not been published. Government Health IT online (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ONC initiatives aim to expedite HIE growth
    The ONC is working to accelerate health information exchange with a variety of initiatives, including a funding opportunity meant to establish a cooperative agreement with groups that already oversee health information exchange efforts. The idea is to promote solutions to HIE barriers and work toward including those solutions in national policy. Government Health IT online (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Management & Operation 
  • Poll: Few systems confident they will satisfy stage 2 MU requirements
    Only 36% of the more than 140 health systems and hospital administrators responding to a KPMG survey expressed confidence that their groups are ready to meet the stage 2 EHR meaningful use standards. Some 47% said they are somewhat confident and 4% said they aren't confident at all. Change management and training were cited as the primary barriers to fulfilling the mandates. Healthcare Informatics online (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AHIMA merges with medical coding association
    The American College of Medical Coding Specialists and the American Health Information Management Association have merged in a move that will give ACMCS members access to more educational opportunities and job resources. "Joining AHIMA will provide ACMCS members access to a wealth of resources that ACMCS is unable to provide on its own, as well as a more influential voice in the future of the profession," said former ACMCS board of governors Chair Gretchen Segado. Healthcare Informatics online (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CMS issues EHR payments to more hospitals, providers
    About three-fourths of eligible hospitals and one-third of eligible doctors and other health care personnel have received incentives for EHR system adoption, data from CMS revealed. A total of $9.3 billion has been released since the incentive payment program commenced, with $6.1 billion going to hospitals and $3.1 billion going to professionals including physicians, the agency's November report stated. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HHS accepting public input on HIT safety plan
    HHS is seeking public comments as it unveils a safety plan from the ONC to address the possibility that HIT contributes to medical errors. The action program includes strategies and objectives to encourage stakeholders to better organize their plans to boost the safety of HIT. The deadline for comments is Feb. 4. Health Data Management (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CHIME SmartBrief will not publish on Tuesday, Jan. 1
    In observance of New Year's Day, CHIME SmartBrief will not publish on Tuesday, Jan. 1. Publication will resume Thursday, Jan. 3. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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