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In this issue...
  • ICD-10 Delay Could Be Data Disaster
  • 'Patient engagement, mHealth among top health issues in 2015
  • Medical cost ratio as premium restraint?
  • How hospitals can save lives by planning for the worst
  • Riskless ACOs may invite abuse
  • Healthcare law is not one-size-fits-all, and here's why
  • In healthcare, managing access rights is a necessary mandate
  • Why millennials hate their least expensive healthcare option
  • Linking patient-reported data to EMRs
  • Most elderly breast cancer patients receive unnecessary radiation
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    ICD-10 delay could be data disaster
    iHealthBeat
    Earlier this year, Congress enacted a one-year delay of the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS code sets, extending the date from October 2014 to October 2015. This delay was characterized by some as a bump in the road on the way to better healthcare data. Now, with some physician groups advocating for an additional delay of up to two more years, it's time for the industry to recognize that such obstruction is more than a bump in the road.
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    Patient engagement, mHealth among top health issues in 2015
    EHRIntelligence
    Patient engagement, data transparency, and a rapid increase in the use of mHealth apps and devices are among the top ten health issues that will guide the industry's development in the coming year, says a report by PricewaterhouseCooper, as patient-centered care and outcomes-based reimbursements define an evolving ecosystem of care. As consumers continue to clamor for convenient, secure, quality service from their healthcare professionals, providers will be required to enlist the help of new types of technologies and new partnerships to meet demands.
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    Medical cost ratio as premium restraint?
    Healthcare Payer News
    While some evidence suggests medical cost ratio mandates are helping make healthcare more affordable, there are still some long-term doubts. The Affordable Care Act's 80/20 and 85/15 rules — capping administration and profits as a proportion of total premium revenue — have been in place since 2011.
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    How hospitals can save lives by planning for the worst
    FierceHealthcare
    As hospitals around the country strive to prepare for emergencies within their walls, the Department of Health and Human Services has issued a guide to help facilities plan for how to handle one of the worst-case scenarios — an active shooter situation. Mass shootings in the United States have been on the rise since 2000, increasing from an average of 6.4 incidents annually to 16.4, according to a report issued by the FBI. Hospitals are hardly spared from the trend--one 2012 study found there were 154 hospital-related shootings between 2000 and 2011, with 29 percent of those occurring in emergency departments.
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    Riskless ACOs may invite abuse
    Modern Healthcare
    The hope that accountable care would rapidly diffuse across the healthcare landscape to help reduce costs suffered another setback when federal officials last week admitted few Medicare ACOs are ready to assume financial risk. To keep existing ACOs from dropping out, the CMS proposed an expanded menu of incentives to keep hospitals and doctors involved while postponing when providers would actually face potential losses for three more years.
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    Healthcare law is not one-size-fits-all, and here's why
    The New York Times
    One criticism of the Affordable Care Act is that it imposes a costly, one-size-fits-all standard, drastically increasing premiums by requiring everyone to buy health insurance that covers the same mandated benefits. This is not so. It's true that the health reform law imposes some requirements — "essential health benefits" — on what individual market and small business plans offer.
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    In healthcare, managing access rights is a necessary mandate
    By Dean Wiech
    Access to critical data is paramount criteria for business success. Physicians and nurses need access to patients' records to insure proper delivery of care, and encumbering employees and internal stakeholders by placing too many restrictions or complicated access methodologies upon internal systems can have catastrophic consequences. However, too little control or restrictions to information in internal systems can lead to violations for healthcare organizations.
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    Why millennials hate their least expensive healthcare option
    TIME
    Health plans that shift more up-front costs onto you are rapidly becoming the norm. But millennials don't seem happy about taking on the risk, even in exchange for a lower price. Millennials want their parents' old health insurance plan. A new survey from Bankrate found that almost half of 18-to-29-year-olds prefer a health plan with a lower deductible and higher premiums — meaning millennials would rather pay more out of their paycheck every month and pay less when they go to the doctor.
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    Linking patient-reported data to EMRs
    Healthcare IT News
    Flatiron Health, the oncology analytics company, has partnered with Vector Oncology on a new project that lets cancer clinicians view patient-reported symptoms at the point of care. OncoEMR, an ONC-certified, cloud-based electronic medical record developed by Flatiron subsidiary Altos Solutions, is designed specifically for cancer treatment.
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    Most elderly breast cancer patients receive unnecessary radiation
    Medical News Today
    In 2004, a randomized clinical trial supported the omission of radiation treatment in elderly female patients with early-stage breast cancer. Despite this evidence, a new study reports that almost two-thirds of this group of patients still receive this treatment today.
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