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Best of Health IT News: Week of 10/16/14 

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.

Medicare Fines Record Number of Hospitals for Excessive Readmissions

NPR reports that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has reported that over the next year, 2,610 hospitals will lose some payments due to readmissions. In the three years since hospitals have started facing penalties under the Affordable Care Act, this year represents the highest penalties: up to 3% of Medicare bills. 

Health Groups Urge Changes to Meaningful Use Program

Several health care groups, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the Medical Group Management Association, have addressed a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell calling for changes to the meaningful use program that would reflect a greater focus on interoperability. 

Health IT Funding Reaches $956M in Q3 2014, Report Finds 

According to a recent report from Mercom Capital Group, venture capital funding for healthcare IT companies reached $956M in Q3 2014. This is down from Q2 2014, when funding for healthcare IT reached a staggering $1.8 billion across 161 deals. 

Healthcare IT News Unveils 2014 Best Hospital IT Department Winners

Healthcare IT News has released its winners for the 2014 "Best Hospital IT Departments" program. The award recognizes hospitals and healthcare systems that provide a positive hospital IT workplace. This year's top winner is Meridian Health System in Neptune, New Jersey. 

ICD-10: Future Impacts on Cardiology 

By Cheryl Iseberg

With the new ICD-10 compliance date set as October 1, 2015, heart hospitals need to prepare for change and determine how their cardiovascular service lines will be affected.

Below are some of the major documentation changes in ICD-10:

For acute myocardial infarctions:

  • The acute phase of MI is now defined as eight weeks instead of four weeks
  • Codes specifying subsequent episodes of care for acute MI are now discontinued
  • There are new unique codes for distinguishing a new acute MI that happens while a patient is still in treatment for an acute MI

There is a new combination code for coronary artery disease with angina. In ICD-9, coders had to use two separate codes: “coronary atherosclerosis of native coronary artery” and “intermediate coronary syndrome.”

The term “congestive” is now a nonessential modifier for systolic, diastolic, and combined systolic/diastolic heart failure, and only one code is required to describe the specificity and acuity of heart failure.

LUMEDX can help you prepare for ICD-10 while still using ICD-9, ensuring a smooth and successful transition. LUMEDX Healthcare Consultants and Project Managers offer technical assistance and professional guidance so that you can easily navigate the challenges that will arise from the change to ICD-10. To learn more, click here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 8:47:00 AM Categories: CMS data security EHR health information technology healthcare today HIT ICD-10 ONC

Best of Health IT News: Week of 07/24/14 

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.

IT, Patient-Centered Research Key to Pushing Disease Prevention Efforts 

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association argues that information technology and patient-centered research will be critical to supporting disease prevention efforts. The researchers stated that a "widespread uptake" of personalized health technology is necessary to treat diseases including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. 

Population Health, Analytics, mHealth Vendors Raise $1.8B in Q2

EHR Intelligence reports that health IT vendors have brought in over $1 billion in venture capital funding in Q2 of 2014. The $2.6 billion raised by health IT companies this year has already surpassed last year's total of $2.2 billion. 

Mental Health Providers Plead for Meaningful Use Payments 

According to Politico, mental health providers appealed to Congress to pass a law that will extend meaningful use incentive payments to mental health care. Providers argue that mental health work is underfunded and suffering from faulty connections to other health care providers. 

Wearables in Healthcare: Privacy Rules Needed

Information Week reports on how John Hopkins Hospital has agreed to pay out $190 million to settle claims from former patients of gynecologist Dr. Nikita Levy. The case brings to light the need for CIOs and security officers to create privacy rules around the use of wearable technology in order to protect patient data. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 04/17/14 

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.

Most Laboratory Errors Happen Outside the Lab, ECRI Report Finds 

A new ECRI Institute report finds that most laboratory errors do not happen in the lab itself. Nearly 75% mistakes occur in the pre-analytic stage: when tests are selected and ordered, specimens are identified and transported, and patients are prepared. To reduce errors, the report recommended breaking down silos between care units and the lab. 

Accountable Care Success Requires Strong Health IT

According to InformationWeek, the accountable care organization model has produced mixed rates. To ensure success, organizations need to implement analytics in order to analyze risks and trends across the population -- and to identify opportunities for intervention. 

Health IT Investments Reached $858M in Q1 2014, Report Finds 

iHealthBeat reports that health IT companies have received $858 million in venture capital funding in the first quarter of 2014. This number is up 154% from Q4 2013, says a Marcom Capital Group Report. 

The Future of Health IT Security 

Government Health IT reports on the challenges of offering small, independent medical offices full network access to medical files while making security a priority -- especially in medical offices that have no meaningful IT staff available. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 11/7/13 

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 don't forget to register for our upcoming webinar: "Cloud-based Analytics for Performance Improvement -- Reports from the Field." The webinar will take place on Thursday, November 14 at 1pm Eastern time. 

CMS CIO Steps Down 

In other HealthCare.gov news, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services CIO Tony Trenkle is stepping down. The CMS announced that his departure will be effective November 15, 2013. 

ONC Pilot Program Demonstrates Patient Control Over Protected Data 

iHealthBeat reports that the ONC has completed the pilot phase of the Health IT Data Segmentation for Privacy program. The pilot was carried out at the University of Texas-Austin, Jericho Systems, and Conemaugh Health System. 

21% of Obamacare Visitors Have Enrolled 

InformationWeek covers this week's HealthCare.gov website news. Despite the issues plaguing the website, 21% of site visitors have enrolled in a health plan. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 8/29/13 

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.

ONC calls for behavioral mHealth in new app challenge

According to EHR Intelligence, the ONC and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration are currently looking for innovative mobile-based solutions to behavioral health disorders and substance abuse. If you are an app developer interested in entering the contest, you can read the rules and details here.

Cloud Computing becoming more prevalent in healthcare

CIOL reports on the rise of cloud computing in the healthcare space. According to the 2013 Desktop Virtualization Trends in Healthcare report, the proliferation of desktop virtualization in healthcare continues to increase.

Health IT spending on pace to top $34.5B

According to FierceHealthIT, healthcare IT spending will reach $34.5 billion in North America in 2014. A recent report by Mercom Capital Group also found that venture capital funding in the healthcare IT sector continues to grow rapidly, with $623 million raised in Q2 of 2013.

Clinical data analytics next big thing

Healthcare IT News makes the argument that the clinical analytics market will be the next big thing as the healthcare world shifts towards new payment models and more and more healthcare facilities adopt electronic health records. Healthcare groups are now looking to analytics solutions for population health management.

Biggest challenges as hospitals prepare for patient portals

Government Health IT discusses some of the challenges as hospitals prepare for patient portals. The article highlights Catholic Health Partners, which is currently working to go live with online bill payment as the first piece of their patient portal. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 6/7/13 

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.

3 Paths Big Data Will Blaze

With big data on everyone’s mind, Healthcare IT News covers the top three ways that data will improve the patient experience.

Meaningful use incentives ascend past $14.5B

Government Health IT reports on how the federal government has paid out $14.6 billion in EHR incentive payments to date. More than 292,000 Medicare and Medicaid eligible providers have received EHR incentive payments.

Big Data Surge From Federal Agencies Will Drive Health IT

The big story this week is the release of new federal health data by HHS, CMS, and ONC. CIO covers the news and discusses how the federal government is using data transparency as a means to drive private sector innovations in health care.

EHRs could use an infusion of mobile technology

In FierceMobileHealthcare, Editor Greg Slabdokin discusses the increasing adoption of EHRs and what it means for the future of health care. He also highlights a study released on May 30 that found that an overwhelming majority of physicians surveyed say that mobile applications are necessary in order to access data anytime, anywhere.

HHS, CMS, ONC release new health data to promote openness

EHR Intelligence reports on HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s announcement that new data will be released from HHS, CMS, and ONC on a variety of health topics.

Friday, June 07, 2013 9:29:00 AM Categories: best practices data security EHR HHS industry news ONC patient experience of care

Photos From the Lumedx User Group Conference in San Francisco 

 

(Top left: Training session for new users presented by Linda Grdina of Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Top center: LUMEDX team members Senior Marketing & Events Coordinator Joelle Mitchell and Senior Director–Client Relations/Inside and Vertical Sales Gwen Korney. Top right: Senior Product Education Trainer John Nicholls and Clinical Registries Manager Katrina Craig. Bottom row, left: Linda Grdina and Joelle Mitchell. Bottom row, center: Reception in San Francisco's Hotel Nikko. Bottom row, right: John Nicholls and Joelle Mitchell.)

This week was a special one for LUMEDX and many of our users. Converging in San Francisco's Hotel Nikko in the days before NCDR.13 and ACC.13, users of LUMEDX software arrived from all over the United States to network, learn about new updates to the product suite and get some additional training. 

It was also a chance for those of us at LUMEDX to spend some time connecting and reconnecting with our end users in person. Many of our clients may be familiar with Senior Product Education Trainer John Nicholls, Clinical Registries Manager Katrina Craig and Senior Marketing & Events Coordinator Joelle Mitchell (who organizes this event and is omnipresent during ACC week!). Users also heard from Senior Director of Client Relations/Inside and Vertical Sales Gwen Korney, Nicole Blalock of John Muir Health, Vice President of Client Satisfaction Bill Gazda and Practice Director of Analytics Consulting Gus Gilbertson. 

We hope our attendees found this year’s conference educational and enjoyable. See you all again next year.

Vast Majority of Surveyed Hospitals Experience Breaches 

(Photo credit: Credit: Flickr/Mr. Cacahuate)

Ninety-four percent of hospitals responding to a recent survey experienced a data breach in the past two years, according to the Ponemon Institute. Forty-five percent of these hospitals indicated that their data was breached more than five times – an increase from 2010 when the percentage of respondents indicating more than five breaches was 29 percent.

With the potential for penalties under HIPAA, the cost of notifying stakeholders and civil suite awards, the possibility these hospitals could be stuck with millions in costs due to data breaches is staggering.

Even more discouraging, those hospitals that had not joined a health information exchange (HIE) cite low or lack of confidence in data security as the number one reason they were reluctant to share information within organizations.

As the move to electronic health records (EHR) continues, what measures is your organization taking to ensure patient data security?

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