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Technology Revs Up Revenue
Gienna Shaw, Senior Editor

Wouldn't it be nice if someone gave you $206,817.63?simply because you asked for it? Well, that's more or less what happened at the Houston-based Richmond Bone & Joint Clinic. [Read More]
May 24, 2011
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ONC Announces Exams for HIT Pros
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has released its first set of exams designed to help healthcare providers and other employers assess the health IT competencies of their existing staff and potential employees. The health information technology examinations will measure skill levels in the competencies identified as essential for key health IT professional workforce roles, including clinician/practitioner consulting, implementation management and support, practice workflow and information management redesign, technical/software support, and training. [Read More]

Federal Audits Find HIT Security Problems at CMS, ONC
The ability of patients in accountable care organizations to restrict access to their personal health information is one of several hurdles that could hinder the success of the new healthcare delivery models, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives says. [Read More]

MN Hospital Fires 32 for HIPAA Violations
Audits of the federal agencies charged with implementing and monitoring security measures for healthcare information technology have identified lax oversight and insufficient standards for healthcare providers. The audits were conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General, and targeted HIT security standards, privacy protection under HIPAA, and other security measures at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Office of the National Coordinator. [Read More]

Only 13 RHIOs Meet Meaningful Use Criteria
There are 75 operational RHIOs (regional health information organizations) across the U.S. but only 13 of them meet the most basic criteria for meaningful use of health information technology, according to a 2009 study by a group of Harvard University researchers. [Read More]

Telestroke Considerations Go Beyond Technology
In creating and expanding telestroke centers, there is room for variety. Some hospitals and health systems are running them on shoestring budgets, or for initiating co-management plans with physician involvement. Still, there is concern about developing telestroke programs, especially in rural areas where such networks are badly needed even as some hospital officials struggle to launch them. [Read More]

Webcast: Beyond Medicare Shared Savings: Effective ACO & Clinical Integration Strategies
Go beyond the ACO regs furor to uncover commercial and Medicare alternatives for your ACO strategy. Join HealthLeaders Media for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, for a deep dive with leading experts savvy on the legal and business operation of ACOs in commercial markets and CMS programs other than Medicare Shared Savings. [Read More]

Rounds: Coordinating Systems of Care
Whether your hospital system is pursuing an accountable care organization or a broader program of clinical integration, the real work of creating high-value, cost-effective healthcare is in transforming the systems of care. But the solutions may not be as big and unmanageable as you think. Join us live or via live webcast from Gundersen Lutheran Health System with Gundersen's clinical and executive leadership team and invited guest Fairview Health Services, two of the nation?s health system pioneers in high-quality, lower-cost healthcare. [Read More]

Tech Headlines
HIT boosts bottom line for hospitals
InformationWeek, May 24, 2011

Patients at heart of medical device issue
Chicago Tribune, May 24, 2011

In EHR adoption, practice size matters
iHealthBeat, May 18, 2011

ICU telemedicine intervention decreased mortality, hospital LOS
Los Angeles Times, May 24, 2011

Opinion: Certification regs complicate MU program
HemOnc Today, May 18, 2011

Philadelphia plans preventative-care EHR for Public Health
Government Health IT, May 19, 2011

Small clinic says MU 'worthwhile'
Health Data Management, May 20, 2011

Would meaningful use Stage 2 delay ignite ICD-10?
Government Health IT, May 20, 2011

Few docs, hospitals exchanging patient data
Reuters Health, May 20, 2011

Webcasts/Rounds
June 7: Webcast: Beyond Medicare Shared Savings: Effective ACO & Clinical Integration Strategies
June 9: Rounds: Coordinating Systems of Care

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