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October 4, 2012
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  • HHS releases notice on ICD-10, plan ID final rule corrections
    HHS has released a notice stating the corrections made to a recently issued final rule that assigns Oct. 1, 2014, as the compliance date for ICD-10 transition and authorizes the launch of a health plan identifier. The notice also states the correct identifier compliance dates for most health plans, small health plans and all covered entities. Health Data Management (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  EHRs and MU 
  • Federal agencies open access to stage 2 MU vocabulary through VSAC
    The ONC, CMS and National Library of Medicine confirmed they will soon introduce the NLM Value Set Authority Center, which will offer downloadable access to the official versions of the vocabulary Value Sets for stage 2 meaningful use Clinical Quality Measures. A Unified Medical Language System Metathesaurus license is needed to access the VSAC, and agencies that do not have one are urged to apply for the free license. Healthcare Informatics online (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Orthopedic surgeons see benefits from ACO participation
    Some orthopedic surgeons participating in accountable care organizations are seeing certain benefits from the move. For Tom Hunt of MidAmerica Orthopaedics in the Chicago area, the areas where orthopedic surgeons can reap the biggest savings through ACOs are shorter hospital stays, fewer readmissions and decreased use of emergency departments. (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Advanced Brain's sleep monitoring device wins FDA nod
    The FDA has given Advanced Brain Monitoring 510(k) clearance to market Sleep Profiler, which is used to help patients track their sleeping patterns at home for later clinical evaluation. The device, which comes with a three-channel frontal EEG and provides an option for use with an ECG machine, can transmit as much as 16 hours of stored data to a computer via a USB port. (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Tech consulting firm nabs 4 federal contracts
    Booz Allen Hamilton has nabbed four federal deals in the past two months. The contracts include a $26 million deal from CMS that focuses on providing business analysis and strategic planning services for the agency's consumer information and insurance systems unit. The company was also tapped by the NIH to offer IT services to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile health is expected to grow significantly
    Significant expansion is coming for mobile health applications and devices due to rapid IT progress, the rise of preventative and personalized medicine and the availability of mobile monitoring tools and cellular phones, according to a study conducted by Frost & Sullivan. As patient-monitoring platforms and health care IT are combined, all hospitals will be expected to have enterprise-wide wireless technology, the report predicted. Healthcare Informatics online (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New app scans skin moles to detect cancer risk
    The Doctor Mole application helps users determine whether their skin moles are cancerous. Developed by Australian programmer Mark Shippen, the app assesses the size and shape of a mole and stores an image for future comparison. TechCrunch (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Va. HIE, Inova set to share health data
    ConnectVirginia, the state's health information exchange, is set to share data with Inova Health System in Falls Church, its first partner, by the end of the year. "Having information available at the point of care for our patients and our physicians will lead to better care and better health outcomes for the population of patients we serve," said Dr. Marshall Ruffin, Inova's chief technology officer and executive vice president. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Collaborative effort aims to build health care superhighway
    Billionaire entrepreneur Patrick Soon-Shiong, a former surgeon and drug-company executive, is joining forces with health insurer Blue Shield of California, Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, Verizon and Intel to improve and speed diagnoses and expand personalized medicine. The collaborators will create a nationwide system for doctors to share genomics and other patient data. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (10/2), Reuters (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  WEDI News 
  • WEDI launches new Operating Rules Reporting System
    WEDI is excited to announce the launch of a new Operating Rules Reporting System. Located online and accessible to the health care industry at no cost, the new online tool is designed to help the industry identify common implementation challenges and solutions regarding the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) mandated Operating Rules. WEDI's system allows organizations to easily submit their issues to the online database, which can also be done anonymously. Users can also search through a catalogue of current documented implementation issues associated with the Operating Rules and access previously submitted problems and solutions. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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