AAHAM eNewswatch
Mar. 21, 2012

2012 Legislative Day
Sponsored by AAHAM, this event brings you face to face with the decision-makers in Washington who will determine the outcome of our industry's top legislative priorities. Due to the nature of this event and to allow sufficient time to set up legislative appointments, attendance is limited, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to send in your registration form and payment today. This year's Legislative Day focuses on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.More

New AAHAM Logo Store open
The new AAHAM Logo Store is now open. We have lots of great wearable merchandise at affordable prices, all with the AAHAM logo on it. We have sweatshirts, T-shirts, vests and even baby clothes for the youngest AAHAM fans.More

ICD-10 delay: 7 things practices can do with the extra time
HealthData Management
The Department of Health and Human Services recently confirmed its intent to push back the Oct. 1, 2013, ICD-10 compliance deadline for certain healthcare entities. However, HHS has not yet specified a new deadline or defined which entities will be covered by the change. Regardless of when the deadline is or who it impacts, it is recommended that you move forward in preparation. As the industry learned from recent 5010 transition challenges, it's never too early to prepare. Here are seven ways to take advantage of any extra time the delay provides.More

4 technology success strategies for hospitals
HealthLeaders Media
Changes wrought by technology are making an indelible mark in service lines for health systems big and small. Health systems are moving ahead quickly in pursuing technology improvements, using robotics, apps, telemedicine, clouds, electronic medical records, device journals, or other innovations to provide value and add volume to their service lines. Edward W. Marx, senior vice president and chief information officer for the 3,800-bed Texas Health Resources system in Dallas, says health systems have little choice but to embark on technological improvements to advance care.More

Survey searches for definition of the engaged patient
American Medical News
Nearly all of the healthcare organization leaders surveyed by the National eHealth Collaborative said patient engagement was important to health system reform. But there is no clear consensus on what it means to engage a patient. More

iPads in health and medicine: More than an information revolution?
Medical News Today
Apple's iPad is increasingly finding use in health and medicine, with applications ranging from giving individuals instant access to a wealth of reference, educational and personal health information, to helping hospitals streamline their operations, reduce labor costs, improve efficiency and helping health professionals with analysis and diagnosis. However, recent reports suggest the touch tablet devices could be doing more than was originally intended, driven by a pressure for change that is coming from users, as healthcare providers seize the new tool with renewed passion, and demand more from the technologists.More

The 4 dimensions of hospital accountability
Becker's Hospital Review
Hospitals are entering into an era of "accountable care," but what does that really mean? How are hospitals being held accountable, what areas should be measured and why is being "accountable" more important in today's society?More

BlueCross BlueShield agrees to pay HHS for HIPAA violations
A 2009 data breach that has already cost BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee nearly $17 million got a little more expensive. The insurer agreed to pay $1.5 million to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to settle HIPAA violations related to the breach. Under the settlement, BlueCross BlueShield has also agreed to review and revise its privacy and security policies and to regularly train employees on their responsibilities under the HIPAA of 1996.More

Reaction to ICD-10 delay a mixed bag among healthcare CIOs
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced it would accede to the American Medical Association's request for an ICD-10 delay. Judging from Tweets and informal conversations at the Health Information and Management Systems Society's HIMSS 2012 conference, healthcare CIOs' reactions ran the gamut from frustration at the amount of political capital burned in the C-suite to get ICD-10 implementation rolling to grateful relief that a deadline extension would afford more time for the technology initiative.More

Low health IT spending: An innovation killer?
Investment in IT by hospitals and healthcare organizations is far lower than it should be, Ray Campbell, CEO of the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium, told a crowd at the New England eHealth Innovation Conference, according to a CMIO article. Because of that, Campbell — a former lawyer who also has served as a private practice consultant on public policy, technology and the law — said that innovation is lagging in the United States.More

EHRs become more popular with small medical practices
Small medical practices are starting to use EHRs at a faster rate than medium-size and large groups, according to a new survey. But the total EHR penetration is still far lower in small practices than in bigger groups — 37 percent for soloists, for example, versus 77 percent in the largest practices. More