AAHAM eNewswatch
July 13, 2011

Do EHRs leave out your personal story? Social media response
Healthcare IT News
The idea of a nationwide electronic health record system is brilliant. Patients could use their own personal health record to request prescription refills, schedule future appointments and evaluate their own test results. The record could live on thumb drives, mobile devices, personal computers, or in the cloud. More

Prescription for patient safety: Computerized doctor's orders
Daily Commercial
Florida Hospital Waterman has said farewell to the days of handwritten physician and provider orders for all inpatients in favor of a new, computerized system designed to drastically reduce medical errors and speed up patient care. With the launch of its computerized physician order entry system, or CPOE, Florida Hospital Waterman is at the forefront of new medical technology designed to improve patient safety, and joins the ranks of hospitals having a fully integrated electronic medical records system.More

Residency programs scramble to adopt changes
American Medical News
Residency programs nationwide worked fast to implement new Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education rules governing residency training that took effect July 1, 2011. The standards, approved by the ACGME in September 2010, call for a variety of changes. They include increased resident supervision, limiting first-year residents to 16-hour shifts, educating residents and faculty about sleep deprivation, and ensuring effective transfers of patient care. More

HHS releases proposed rules for HIX
HealthLeaders Media
The creation of health insurance exchanges, or HIX,  took another step forward with the recent release of the long awaited proposed rules that outline the requirements a state must meet to launch an exchange.More

How hospitals can prepare for next phase of ICD-10 transition
As Phase 1 of ICD-10 transition comes to a close, the American Health Information Management Association is helping hospitals complete the next stage with its Top 10 list of Phase 2 implementation. While all of the 10 steps must be done in Phase 2 of ICD-10 conversion, they may need to be conducted simultaneously rather than consecutively, notes the AHIMA in its white paper. More

Achieving meaningful use of electronic health records
Cancer Network
In 2003, the Institute of Medicine issued a report outlining key capabilities of an electronic health record. The report described the interest of private and public entities in moving providers from paper-based records to electronic storage of health information. Rationales for this transition included quality improvement, greater patient safety, and control of escalating health care costs through improved efficiency. To help identify the desired core EHR system functionalities, the IOM committee formulated five criteria. More

For small practices looking to stay independent, welcome to 'Eden'
Healthcare Finance News
Time spent in front of a computer is time spent away from a patient. And in a small physician practice, that time is pretty valuable. With that in mind, ClearPractice has rolled out Eden, a comprehensive, cloud-based electronic medical record and practice management solution that can be accessed on Apple Macs, iPads and iPhone devices. The system is designed to give small medical practices the ability to manage clinical and financial duties from any location and at any time — an important factor to practices looking to stay afloat and qualify for federal incentives under health reform. More

Analysis: New rules won't put home health care on life support
Home health service providers will remain under pressure in the near term as newly introduced rules and reimbursement rate cuts squeeze margins, but the tide should turn in 2012 as the regulatory uncertainty clears up. More

HIPAA 5010 backup plan chant grows louder
Government Health IT
Now that July is here, the health IT realm is officially within the six-month countdown to HIPAA 5010. It's not surprising that the HIPAA 5010 transition is something of a challenge. The potential for slowed or even stopped claims reimbursements is understood. And the inevitable ripple effects on health IT are not so clear.More