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  • 76 percent of acute care hospitals have basic EHR system
  • Obama signs overhaul of how medicare pays doctors
  • CMS innovator: New models are changing healthcare
  • Report: Healthcare state of security a mixed bag
  • Beware of drowning patients in paperwork
  • 5 interest-piquing trends at HIMSS15
  • Hospitals come up short in new CMS rating system
  • Shopping tools help patients find cash prices for medical procedures
  • Upcoming Webinars




  • 76 percent of acute care hospitals have basic EHR system
    HealthData Management
    76 percent of non-federal acute care hospitals in 2014 adopted at least a basic electronic health record system with clinician notes — a 27 percent increase from 2013 — according to new data from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. "While fewer hospitals used basic EHR systems without clinician notes, significantly more adopted systems with clinician notes," states the ONC brief based on data from the American Hospital Association IT supplement to AHA's annual survey. "Additionally, over a third of hospitals were using more advanced EHR functionality."
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    Obama signs overhaul of how Medicare pays doctors
    The Associated Press via The New York Times
    Ending years of last-minute fixes, President Barack Obama signed legislation permanently changing how Medicare pays doctors, a rare bipartisan achievement by Democrats and Republicans. The bill overhauls a 1997 law that aimed to slow Medicare's growth by limiting reimbursements to doctors. Instead, doctors threatened to leave the Medicare program, and that forced Congress repeatedly to block those reductions.
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    Report: Healthcare state of security a mixed bag
    Healthcare IT News
    Let's face it: Security has never really been the healthcare industry's strong suit. It's been criticized for outdated technology, behind-the-times encryption policies, insider snooping woes and now, more recently, hacker misfortune. In Verizon's 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report, analysts put healthcare security under the microscope and identified the industry's biggest security threats, top security shortcomings and the actions it needs to take to get its house in order.
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    CMS innovator: New models are changing healthcare
    Healthcare Finance
    Innovation is driving a significant amount of change in the healthcare industry, said Patrick Conway, deputy administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services. The onus is on providers to take action or fall behind, Conway said recently during a HIMSS15 discussion on the results of CMS innovation program. "We are shifting the culture of how people think about healthcare investments, in a good way," Conway said.
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    Beware of drowning patients in paperwork
    FierceHealthcare
    Few patients or providers will admit they enjoy all the paperwork involved in healthcare, but according to a new survey, this overabundance of red tape may even cause patients to skip the hospital or doctor's office entirely. Harris Poll, which conducted the survey on behalf of global technology company Ricoh, polled more than 2,000 U.S. adults on the subject of "information mobility" in American hospitals, defined as the ability to transform, repurpose and search for data in any format, according to a survey announcement.
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    5 interest-piquing trends at HIMSS15
    Government Health IT
    Now that HIMSS15 is over, the booths are broken down, and attendees all cleared out, let's take a look at some of the trends that bubbled up at the show. Yes, there were the overarching themes of interoperability and the disconcertingly-vague population health bandwagon, but there were also many other realms that garnered a good share of attention.
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    Hospitals come up short in new CMS rating system
    HealthData Management
    For the first time, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has instituted star ratings on Hospital Compare, the agency's public information website, to make it easier for consumers to choose a hospital and assess the quality of care. However, just 251 U.S. hospitals received the highest score on the new CMS five-star rating system for quality of care and patient experience.
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    Shopping tools help patients find cash prices for medical procedures
    The Los Angeles Times
    When Vicki Burns was told she needed total hip replacement surgery in 2012 she asked her local hospital for a cash price. She got a $79,000 estimate for the surgery. A doctor advised her to research the fee that the hospital accepts from Medicare and use that as a starting point. Her husband gathered the data and tried to negotiate. "They wouldn't even talk to him about it," she recalls. Desperate for an alternative, the New Mexico couple took to the Internet and found a Tennessee website they liked called MediBid. For $4.95 a month or $25 for a year of unlimited requests, patients can post the medical services they need, and doctors bid for their business.
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    Upcoming Webinars
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