Edition Eighty-Four (02/22/12)
More Than $3 Billion
Spent to Improve Digital Health Records
The Kansas City Star, 2/17/12
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the number of
hospitals using EHRs has more than doubled in the last
Obama Administration to Postpone Medical Coding
Wall Street Journal's Health
The Obama administration says it will delay the
implementation of a controversial new medical coding
standard known as ICD-10.
NIST Seeks Vendors' EHRs to Study Usability
Government Health IT, 2/15/12
The National Institute of Standards and Technology needs
the help of vendors to supply their existing EHRs so the
agency can conduct research on the systems to develop
procedures for measuring and evaluating their usability.
ONC Gets $5M Bump Up in Proposed 2013 Budget
Government Health IT, 2/14/12
ONC would receive $66 million, or $5 million more than
the current year, under President Obamas proposed
budget for fiscal 2013.
71 Percent of Meaningful Use EHRs Are Dually Certified,
Healthcare IT News, 2/13/12
More than two-thirds of the complete EHRs of providers
and hospitals that have qualified for Meaningful Use
incentives are dually certified under both the ONC-ATCB
and the CCHIT Certified programs.
Mostashari Expects Big Year Ahead for Data Exchange
Healthcare IT News, 2/3/12
HIE will ramp up significantly in 2012 because the
necessary elements of interoperability will be in place,
according to ONC chief Farzad Mostashari.
HHS Reports Progress on Telehealth Regulations
Fierce Health IT, 2/2/12
HHS is making significant progress toward new and revised
rules, which would save the healthcare industry billions
of dollars, including ones which will address privileging
and credentialing and documentation regulations for both
in-person and telemedicine visits, the agency reported.
AMA to Sebelius: Stop ICD-10
Health Data Management, 2/2/12
The American Medical Association, which is actively
working to stop implementation of the ICD-10 code sets,
has sent a letter to Kathleen Sebelius asking her to
immediately halt the implementation process.
MGMA Asks HHS for More Time, Fixes to HIPAA 5010
Health Data Management, 2/2/12
The Medical Group Management Association has sent a
letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius outlining
significant problems with federal reimbursement of claims
following the transition to the HIPAA 5010 transaction
Senator Udall Drafting Bill to Kill Telemedicine Barriers
Government Health IT, 2/2/12
Senator Tom Udall (D-UT) anticipates introducing a bill
this spring to make it easier for physicians to practice
telemedicine in many states instead of applying for a
separate license for each state.
Commentary: ICD-10, Meaningful Use Not Aligned
Government Health IT, 2/1/12
There's a way to soften the impact that ICD-10
implementation has on your budget, and it involves
working on ICD-10 and Meaningful Use compliance as the
Medicity for Medical Record Network
Pacific Business News, 2/13/12
Hawaii officials have selected Utah-based Medicity to
develop the infrastructure for what will ultimately be a
statewide EHR system as Hawaii moves ahead with a key
mandate of federal healthcare reform.
Massachusetts Senate to Offer Prescription Monitoring
The Massachusetts state Senate is scheduled to vote on a
bill which would require physicians to check an online
database before prescribing certain prescription
New Data Shows
Hospital Readiness for Stage 1 Meaningful Use Increasing
Healthcare IT News, 2/17/12
HIMSS Analytics data shows 60 percent of hospitals with
more than 500 beds reported being ready or most likely to
achieve Stage 1. By comparison, 20 percent of hospitals
with fewer than 100 beds were ready or most likely to
achieve Stage 1.
Interoperability Still a Barrier to Meaningful Use,
Healthcare IT News, 2/16/12
Hospital adoption of EHRs has taken a leap over the past
year, but interoperability is still a significant
obstacle, according to survey.
NPWF: Strong Support for Health I.T., But Also Concerns
Healthcare IT News, 2/16/12
As patients see their physicians use EHRs more, their
trust in their doctors is is high, and so is their
confidence in health I.T.'s potential to improve care,
according to a new survey.
Technology Helps Government Recoup $4B in Medicare,
Healthcare IT News, 2/15/12
The efforts to curtail healthcare fraud have returned $4.1
billion to U.S. taxpayers in 2011, largely because of I.T.,
according to a new report from HHS and the Department of
EHR Alerts Contribute to Information Overload for Doctors
On average, fewer than 20 percent of the words contained
in EHR alerts are considered to be relevant, according to
U.S. Seen as Among Health I.T. Leaders
Modern Healthcare, subscription required, 2/15/12
The U.S. appears to be holding its own in healthcare I.T.
use and adoption by physicians compared with physicians
in Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Singapore,
and Spain, according to a study.
Report: Meaningful Use Drives Overall Market for Handheld
The handheld device market's more than 10 percent growth
since 2007 to $11 billion in 2011 has been fueled by many
factors, including Meaningful Use requirements, according
to a report.
Interoperable I.T. Crucial for ACOs
Properly implemented, interoperable health I.T. is
essential to the functions of ACOs, according to a recent
2016: Three Million Patients Monitored Over Cellular
Mobile Health News, 2/1/12
By 2016 the number of patients monitored over mobile
networks will hit three million, according to a new study.
Docs Use iPads, But Don't See Them as Game-Changers
Healthcare IT News, 2/1/12
A new survey indicates physicians are embracing mobile
health devices, but dont see them changing the
healthcare landscape just yet.
EHR Deployment Costs Approach $30,000 Per Doctor
More than half of physician practices with three or more
doctors have fully implemented an EHR system, although
many of their EHR systems have limited capabilities,
according to a recent survey.
E-Prescribing Could Save $240 Billion
E-prescribing could help reduce healthcare expenditures
by $140 billion to $240 billion over the next 10 years by
improving patient adherence to medication regimens,
according to a new study.