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Are There Simple Answers to Telehealth Questions?
Gienna Shaw, Senior Editor

This week CMS lowered one of the biggest barriers to telehealth when it implemented a new credentialing and privileging process for physicians and practitioners who provide telemedicine services. The problem is that there are still many open questions about telehealth. [Read More]
May 10, 2011
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CMS? TeleMed Rule Eases Physician Credentialing
A rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is expected to make it easier for small and critical access hospitals to use telemedicine to link with physicians and other larger hospitals or academic medical centers. The change will also make it easier for small hospitals in underserved areas to access specialty services such as teleradiology, teleICU, and telestroke. [Read More]

To Cut Hospital Costs, Leverage Vendor Relationships
Once the ink dries on your vendor contracts—including HIT companies—do they simply get filed away? Many financial leaders would likely respond "Yes", but there's more to supply chain management than getting the best price. Actual supply chain management requires cultivating relationships that can reduce revenue cycle expenses and help a hospital or health system achieve strategic goals. [Read More]

Bedside Devices a 'Death Trap,' Says Advocacy Group
Most healthcare providers and consumers may be unaware that the bedrails are classified as medical devices. The Food and drug Administration should ban and order the recall of thousands of Bedside Assistant devices responsible for the strangulation or asphyxiation deaths of four people and for entrapping a fifth patient in a hospital, says the health advocacy group Public Citizen. [Read More]

Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations
Neurological service line success is all about managing the collision of technology, research, and care coordination. Get strategies for managing the collision on May 18, live from Barrow Neurological Institute with invited thought leaders from St. John Providence Health System and St. Luke Hospital. [Read More]

Impact Analysis: Leaders Respond to CMS' Proposed ACO Regulations
The proposed regulations are indeed out, but what do they really mean to your organization and the industry? Get reactions from leaders at hospitals, health plans, and physician practices that are already well-versed in ACOs, including Monarch Healthcare, Alegent Health, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan /Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Geisinger Health System, Dean Health System, and Scripps Health. [Read More]

Webcast: Achieving Ambulatory Surgery Center Success in the Reform Era
Reform, reimbursement, and reintegration--a triple threat to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) or new opportunities for ROI? Join HealthLeaders Media for a 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, to learn how to increase the financial return of ASC operations from leaders with proven ambulatory care ROI. [Read More]

Tech Headlines
Many kids with head injuries may not need CT scans
NPR, May 10, 2011

CMS answers more provider questions on MU
Government Health IT, May 10, 2011

Hospitals on alert for X-ray thieves
The Columbus Dispatch, May 10, 2011

3-D printers may someday create replacement human organs
The Washington Post, May 10, 2011

E-Prescribing not meeting expectations
InformationWeek, May 9, 2011

75% of physicians use iPad or iPhone, survey shows
e-WEEK, May 9, 2011

ONC, HIMSS to help grads find IT work
Government Health IT, May 6, 2011

EHRs deemed 'essential' to pediatric healthcare
InformationWeek, May 6, 2011

Panel weighs delaying stage 2 of MU
Government Health IT, May 56, 2011

Telemedicine left out of MU, experts say
Health IT News, May 5, 2011

Webcasts/Rounds
May 11: Webcast: Achieving Ambulatory Surgery Center Success in the Reform Era
May 18: Webcast: Ratchet Up Physician Referrals: Proven Methods & Measures
May 18: Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations

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