HealthLeaders Media IT - June 21, 2011 | Legibility: 20 Years in the Making
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Legibility: 20 Years in the Making
Gienna Shaw, Senior Editor

After 20 years of trial and error, one hospital illustrates how it overcame recalcitrant doctors, security issues, and anxiety over transparency to finally resolve its legibility problems. The key is an evolving technology that integrates speech recognition with medical records. [Read More]
 
June 21, 2011  
 
Editor's Picks
Sponge Solution Remains Elusive
There are a number of technical solutions to avoid or detect objects left inside a patient during surgery. They include matrix labels similar to store bar codes, computer chips, scanning wands, and gel pads for the table that sound an alarm if a tagged sponge is left inside a patient. [Read More]

Social Networking Researcher Studies Physicians, Influence
Nicholas Christakis, M.D., is employing some of his popular social network research to map networks of physicians to analyze how they might work together in accountable care organizations. With his team at Harvard University, Christakis is looking at how formal and informal physician networks take shape, how those networks might influence referral relationships, and how they might affect the delivery or quality of healthcare. [Read More]

CMS to Tap Tech for Medicare Fraud Fight
New predictive modeling technology, similar to that used by credit card companies, will help the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services identify potentially fraudulent Medicare claims and stop fraudulent claims before they are paid. The initiative builds on the new anti-fraud tools and resources provided by the Affordable Care Act that are helping move CMS beyond its former "pay & chase" recovery operations to an approach that focuses on preventing fraud and abuse before payment is made. [Read More]

MedPAC Urged to Reconsider Imaging Reimbursement Cuts
A coalition of medical imaging organizations and patient advocacy groups has asked the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission to reconsider its call for reduced reimbursements and required prior authorization for imaging services. [Read More]

Webcast: Cultivating Physician-Hospital Alignment in the ACO Era
Date: July 20, 2011
About: Integration will be the key to success in the accountable care era, whether your organization develops an official ACO or not. Organizations must develop strong relationships with employed and affiliated physicians. Join us to get alignment strategies to thrive in an increasingly integrated industry.
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Webcast: Transform Your ED into a Profit Center
Date: June 23, 2011
About: Get in-the-trenches management tools and techniques to grow your ED's bottom line. Learn how Heartland Health revamped processes and increased revenue from $15 million to $33.5 million and turned its ED into a profit center with a 40% margin.
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Tech Headlines
MedPAC urges closer look at costs for MRIs, CT scans
PBS News Hour, June 21, 2011

Many hospitals overuse double CT scans, data show
The Washington Post, June 20, 2011

Docs face problems as they fall behind on HIPAA 5010
Healthcare IT News, June 20, 2011

Federal health tools, data help docs achieve MU
Government Health IT, June 17, 2011

Medical smart cards find their niche
Technology Review, June 15, 2011

Goodbye clipboard, hello patient palm scanning at NYU
InformationWeek, June 20, 2011
 
 
Webcasts/Rounds
June 23: Webcast: Transform Your ED into a Profit Center

July 20: Webcast: Cultivating Physician-Hospital Alignment in the ACO Era

August 16: Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs

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HealthLeaders Media IT - June 21, 2011 | Legibility: 20 Years in the Making
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2007 Top Leadership Teams
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Legibility: 20 Years in the Making
Gienna Shaw, Senior Editor

After 20 years of trial and error, one hospital illustrates how it overcame recalcitrant doctors, security issues, and anxiety over transparency to finally resolve its legibility problems. The key is an evolving technology that integrates speech recognition with medical records. [Read More]
 
June 21, 2011  
 
Editor's Picks
Sponge Solution Remains Elusive
There are a number of technical solutions to avoid or detect objects left inside a patient during surgery. They include matrix labels similar to store bar codes, computer chips, scanning wands, and gel pads for the table that sound an alarm if a tagged sponge is left inside a patient. [Read More]

Social Networking Researcher Studies Physicians, Influence
Nicholas Christakis, M.D., is employing some of his popular social network research to map networks of physicians to analyze how they might work together in accountable care organizations. With his team at Harvard University, Christakis is