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April 24, 2012
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  • HIPAA 5010 conversion is making headway, despite delays
    The industry is making strides in the HIPAA 5010 conversion, despite glitches that led the CMS to push back the compliance date to June 30, writes WEDI board member Debbi Meisner. Health groups using the 5010 standards are starting to see benefits such as consistency in claims processing, and complying with the HIPAA mandate could prove most beneficial for the impending ICD-10 switch, she notes. Government Health IT online (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  EHRs and MU 
  • HIT panel wrestles with clinical quality measures in stage 2 MU
    A Health IT Policy Committee work group met Monday to discuss how best to integrate clinical quality measures into the second stage of EHR meaningful use criteria. One option would allow eligible providers to choose 12 out of 125 proposed measures, with at least one standard for each of the six domains for care improvement. The group will meet again Friday and submit its final thoughts to the full committee May 4. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Report: Docs should bring ACO concepts to workplace programs
    Occupational and environmental medicine doctors should create ways to address primary care, workforce compensation and disability management issues within the models of accountable care organizations and patient-centered medical homes, according to a position statement by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wi-Fi scale helps users track weight information
    Fitbit recently confirmed the commercial availability of its Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale, which allows users to upload and track their weight data on the company's website. The device, which will be offered at stores including Best Buy, also enables users to receive motivational badges and create weight-loss plans. (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Report: More providers show interest in computer-assisted coding
    Almost half of providers in a KLAS report said they intend to buy an inpatient computer-assisted coding tool over the next two years, in part to compensate for reimbursement and productivity losses that could stem from the switch to ICD-10. The report cited 3M, OptumInsight and Dolbey as the top three CAC vendors being considered by providers. (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • UAMS confirms data breach involving 7,000 radiology patients
    The University of Arkansas Medical Sciences announced a security breach involving the data of 7,000 interventional radiology patients from 2009 to 2011. A doctor failed to de-identify patients' records when transmitting financial information to an outside organization to evaluate billing charges. The compromised records include patients' account numbers, radiology procedures and diagnosis charges. (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 4 free mobile apps to track users' health and fitness
    A range of free iOS and Android applications is available to help users keep track of their health and fitness. The applications include The Eatery, which enables users to take pictures of their meal and assess how healthy it is, and the CardioTrainer, which helps exercisers monitor their progress during workouts. PCWorld (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Featured Content 

  • Pediatric hospital introduces mobile app
    Children's Hospital Boston has unveiled a free mobile platform called Boston Children's MyWay that helps patients and families make their way around clinical sites and facilities. The application also can be used to schedule appointments, access medical records stored online and view information on more than 1,000 providers. (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Career Track 
  • Mapping technology addresses workforce recruitment problems
    Stanford University Medical Center principal workforce planner David Schutt is using GIS mapping technology to revolutionize workforce planning and lessen costs for employee turnover and recruitment. Schutt says geographic and demographic data could help health care leaders effectively attract and retain providers, as well as determine and address factors that cause employees to be dissatisfied with their work such as uncompetitive pay and mandatory call. HealthLeaders Media (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • WEDI online 5010 Issue Reporting System
    WEDI has launched its online 5010 Issue Reporting System in collaboration with the CMS to support the health care industry's upgrade to ASC X12 5010. The reporting system allows all affected parties, including providers, payers, clearinghouses and vendors, to easily submit their issues associated with implementing ASC X12 5010 and search through a database of current documented problems. This Web-based system offers an easy-to-use interface with multiple sorting categories and sub-categories, including the option to view previously submitted issues and responses to those posted issues. Visit the online WEDI 5010 Issue Reporting System. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • WEDI webinars now available online
    Did you miss a WEDI webinar due to a scheduling conflict? Several key webinars from 2012, 2011 and 2010 are now available for purchase on the WEDI website. Visit the WEDI website to view the various resources available to you. Purchase the webinar now and have access to it within minutes. All future WEDI webinars will be made available online for those who cannot attend the live events. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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