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Best of Health IT News: Week of 03/12/15 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

And if you're attending ACC.15 in San Diego this week, be sure to stop by LUMEDX Booth #523! Schedule a meeting here

ACC 2015 Scientific Sessions: Contemporary Cardiology Embellished With San Diego Sunshine 

Medscape reports on ACC.15, taking place from March 14-16, 2015 in San Diego, CA. The conference will cover the latest trials and discussions on issues facing cardiology every day, including studies exploring imaging modalities for chest pain, optimal antiplatelets post PCI and in chronic CAD, and much more. 

How CPOE Can Reduce Length of Stay 

According to Health IT News, computerized provider order entry (CPOE) can help reduce length of stay when used in conjunction with bedside bar coding and electronic health records. A study published in Applied Clinical Informatics in July 2014 found that 63% of the reduction in LOS correlated with the rise in CPOE. 

Study: Patients Would Change Healthcare Providers Over Security Concerns

A study sponsored by the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance found that 79% of respondents considered it important for providers to protect their information. 48% stated that they would consider changing healthcare providers if their medical records were stolen or lost. 

Next Generation ACO Launched by CMS, Tightens Financial Benchmarks

Healthcare Finance reports that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a new model of accountable care organization called The Next Generation ACO. Participants of this program will have more predictable financial targets as well as goals linked to patient engagement. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 03/05/15 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

And if you're attending ACC.15 in San Diego next week, be sure to stop by LUMEDX Booth #523! Schedule a meeting here

Understanding the Basics of the Patient-Centered Medical Home

Health IT Analytics discusses the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) healthcare designation and what exactly it means. This is a structured approach to primary care that emphasizes putting the patient-provider relationship at the center of all healthcare decision making. It also focuses on preventative services, care coordination, and access to care. 

Will ONC Plan Protect Patient Privacy? 

Health IT Security reports on how although efforts have been made to improve the healthcare industry, some lawmakers feel that more needs to be done in order to protect patient privacy, further interoperability, and reduce costs. Some of the proposed solutions include core technical standards and functions, certification to support adoption of health IT products, privacy and security protections for health information, and more. 

5 Top Ideas for Improving Healthcare in 2015, CEO Survey Finds

According to a new survey by The Advisory Board, some of the top ideas for improving healthcare include: engaging physicians in cost and quality improvements, redesigning service portfolios for population health, strengthening primary care physician alignment, and more. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 02/26/15 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

ICD-10 Propels CAC Market to Reach $3.5B by 2019 

EHR Intelligence reports that the computer-assisted coding (CAC) market has grown as the ICD-10 transition in October approaches. CACs are instrumental in helping the accuracy of patient data in EHRs by reducing coding errors, and the market is projected to grow to $3.5B by 2019. 

FDA Calls for Medical Device Oversight

According to Healthcare IT News, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has commissioned a report by the Brookling Institution that calls for the formation of a national surveillance system for medical devices. The report states that the surveillance system would be a part of the emerging national health information infrastructure and would use data captured as an integral part of care to generate information about medical devices. 

CMS Animates ICD-10, Videos Explore Coding Changes 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has delivered a series of videos designed to help explain changes in ICD-10 coding to doctors and consumers. The switch to ICD-10 for diagnostic and billing codes is scheduled to happen on Oct. 1, 2015. 

Infographic - Human Error Causes Alarming Rise in Data Breaches 

An infographic by Egress Software Technologies shows that 94% of data breaches are caused by human error. An ICO FOI request carried out by the company also shows that there has been a 44% increase in data breaches in the healthcare sector between April-June 2014 as compared with April-June 2013. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 02/19/15 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

Big Data Redefines the Traditional Scientific Methods Used in Medicine 

Tech Republic reports that with the rise of big data in healthcare, medical professionals can now turn to shared information to understand experiences and outcomes -- and to inform their own treatment decisions. Some hospitals, like Cleveland Clinic, are already using big data and analytics on a regular basis. 

CMS Approves Transitional Payment for DCB in Outpatient Settings 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved a transitional pass-through patient for IN.PACT Admiral drug-coated balloon for the treatment of peripheral artery disease in outpatient settings. CMS stated that the "use of the new device significantly improves clinical outcomes for a patient population as compared to currently available treatments." 

History of Value-Based, Accountable Care Models at CMS 

RevCycle Intelligence reports on the history of value-based, accountable care models that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has implemented. For example, the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program is designed to provide a snapshot of how hospitals are performing on quality indicators including patient care, quality, efficiency, and more. 

Study: HIEs Help Reduce Repeat Imaging 

According to Healthcare Dive, the use of HIEs can significantly reduce duplicate testing by 25%. This was found in a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care, which noted that medical imaging tests are frequently repeated due to lack of access to previous images.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 12:04:00 PM Categories: analytics health IT healthcare analytics healthcare today HIE HIT ICD-10 industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 02/12/15 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

Analytics Predict Which Patients Will Suffer Post-Surgical Infections 

The Wall Street Journal reports that the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has reduced its rate of surgical infections by using predictive analytics. By the end of 2014, the healthcare provider saw a 58% decrease over two years for patients who had undergone colon surgery. 

Few Patients Use IT Tools to Access Health Data, Survey Finds 

According to a survey conducted by Salesforce, 21% of patients are currently using the Web to access their health data. Furthermore, 36% of respondents said that they use electronic health records to keep track of their information, whereas 28% rely on a paper record. 

Analytics a Top Priority for Majority of Healthcare Companies in 2015

A new report by CDW has found that the majority of healthcare organizations name analytics as one of their top three priorities for the year. The factors driving analytics adoption include: the rising cost of healthcare, Medicare/EHR incentive programs, and accountable care. 82% of survey respondents said that using analytics helps to improve patient care. 

Friday, February 13, 2015 1:18:00 PM Categories: analytics health IT healthcare analytics healthcare today HIT ICD-10 industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 01/29/15 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

90% of Medicare Will Be Value-Based Reimbursement by 2018

Health IT Analytics reports that HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell has announced a new timeline that hopes to see 90% of Medicare payments transformed into value-based reimbursements by the end of 2018. HHS has outlined three strategies to achieve this goal: incentives, care quality improvement tactics, and health IT and data analytics adoption. 

Consumer Interest in Telemedicine Continues to Rise 

According to Fierce Health IT, a recent survey by EHR comparison site Software Advice has found that 75% of patients who have not used telemedicine are at least "moderately interested" in using it. However, the survey also captured consumer concerns about telemedicine, with 21% of respondents calling telemedicine visits "less personal." 

1,700 Hospitals Win Quality Bonuses from Medicare, But Most Will Never Collect 

Although Medicare is giving bonuses to 1,700 hospitals, many of the payments will be wiped out by penalties that the government has issued for other infractions. In fact, fewer than 800 of the 1,700 hospitals that earned bonuses from this program will actually receive extra money because they are being penalized for too many hospital readmissions or patients who develop infections during their hospital stays. 

Why ICD-10 and Cybersecurity Must Go Hand in Hand 

Fierce Health IT reports that as we get closer to the ICD-10 implementation date, industry experts continue to recommend that providers focus on cybersecurity in conjunction with ICD-10. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015 1:27:00 PM Categories: health IT ICD-10 industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 01/22/15 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

Chronic Disease Management Lowers Heart Failure Hospital Rates 

A study from the American Journal of Managed Care finds that improved chronic disease management for heart failure patients with one or more comorbidities lowers the rate of readmissions. The study found that for every twelve patients put on a CV disease management program, at least one hospitalization can be prevented. 

5 Trends That Will Redefine Your Healthcare Experience in 2015

Fortune Magazine releases its predictions for the five top healthcare trends that we will see in 2015. These trends include increased interoperability among healthcare IT systems, widespread use of digital tools, the rise of patient portals, and more. 

2015 a Year of Changes in Revenue Cycle with Population Health, ICD-10

Healthcare Finance projects that in 2015, hospital financial managers will be concerned with implementation of ICD-10 and the roll-out of population-based payments. In addition, hospital financial managers need to ensure that good contract management systems are in place. 

Acceptance of Heart Failure Improves Patients' Quality of Life 

According to a study in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, patients who accept their heart failure diagnosis tend to have a higher quality of life than those who do not. In seeking out information about heart failure, its symptoms and treatments, these patients are more likely to rebound emotionally and to follow medical recommendations. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015 9:17:00 AM Categories: EHR health IT healthcare today HIT hospital management hospitals ICD-10 industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 12/11/14 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

What Factors Influence Physician EHR Adoption? 

A recent data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) found that 80% of physician surveyed said that they were already using an EHR or planned to implement the technology. The survey also found that primary care physicians and larger physician practices are more likely to adopt EHRs. 86% of multispecialty practices used an EHR as compared with 76% of single-specialty practices. 

Hospital Groups Call for Avoiding Another ICD-10 Delay 

EHR Intelligence reports that a group of hospital and health system associations have signed a petition asking Congress to avoid another ICD-10 delay. These groups include the American Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and America's Essential Hospitals. 

HHS Will Push Broader Reach for Information Technology 

According to Modern Healthcare, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has created a new plan that focuses on improving the penetration of healthcare IT beyond hospitals and physician practices. The new plan also takes into account long-term and post acute care, behavioral health, community-based care, and other populations.

CMS: Meaningful Use Payments Tops $25.7B 

As of December 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has paid out over $25.7B in meaningful use payments to eligible hospitals and healthcare professionals. Despite this, less than 35% of the national's hospitals have met Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014 9:20:00 AM Categories: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services CMS EHR health IT HHS HIT hospitals ICD-10 industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 10/30/14 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

CCHIT Set to Close Its Operations 

According to Medical Economics, the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) will end all of its business operations by November 14, 2014. The CCHIT has been certifying electronic health record (EHR) systems since 2006. 

Health IT Leader DeSalvo Takes Dual HHS Roles 

Information Week reports that Dr. Karen DeSalvo will now have dual HHS roles. She will continue to lead the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) while also taking on a role as acting assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 

AMA Unwraps Mapping Tool to Locate Caregivers

The American Medical Association (AMA) has released its Health Workforce Mapper, an interactive tool that shows the geographic locations of the healthcare workforce in each state. The tool can be used to identify health professional shortage areas, hospital locations, and more. 

36 Positive Signs of Health IT Adoption Progress

This month, the ONC and HHS submitted their annual report to Congress that highlights the progress and accomplishments currently advancing healthcare IT adoption. Some of the signs identified in the report include increased EHR system adoption, additional rural community support, and increased health information exchange among physicians. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 10/09/14 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

Groups React to New Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Deadline

According to iHealthBeat, many groups have reacted positively to CMS' decision to reopen the submission period for hardship exception applications for the meaningful use program. Eligible hospitals and providers can now file for hardship exceptions until Nov. 30. The previous deadlines were July 1 for eligible providers and April 1 for eligible hospitals. 

Reform Update: 1% of Patients Account for 22.7% of Spending, AHRQ 

A recent Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality report finds that hospitals and providers seeking to lower healthcare costs need to look at the most costly patients. The costliest  1% of patients account for 22.7% of total expenses, while the top 5% account for half of overall spending. 

Telemedicine Poised for Tipping Point Despite Remaining Hurdles  

Fierce Health IT reports on a recent U.S. News and World Report Hospitals of Tomorrow Conference, during which many panelists stated that the healthcare industry has reached a tipping point for telemedicine. Despite barriers such as billing, reimbursement, and licensure, telemedicine is becoming increasingly prevalent. 

Bad EHR Workflow Played Role in Ebola Patient's Release 

According to CIO, bad EHR workflow did play a role in the case of Thomas Eric Duncan, the man with the first diagnosed case of Ebola in the United States, being released from Texas Health Presbyterian on September 26. This was partially due to the fact that the nurse and physician workflows were separate. 

Thursday, October 09, 2014 11:30:00 AM Categories: EHR health IT healthcare today industry news
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