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Technology, Cancer Care, and Cost
Gienna Shaw, Technology Editor

Cancer isn't just a leading cause of death in the U.S., it is also the world's costliest disease, according to a new American Cancer Society report. Big-ticket technologies used to diagnose and treat the disease are part of the reason cancer care costs so much—from stereotactic radio surgery systems that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to the massive nuclear particle accelerators used for proton beam therapy. [Read More]
August 17, 2010  
Editor's Picks
HITRUST: HIPAA Breaches Near $1 Billion
Covered entities and business associates reporting breaches of unsecured personal health information affecting 500 or more individuals to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) together could spend nearly $1 billion because of those breaches. According to a report from the Health Information Trust Alliance, 108 entities submitting the breach reports to OCR since September 23, 2009 could spend up to $834.3 million in total costs to address violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.[Read More]

Bill Seeks EHR Incentives for Mental Health Facilities
A Senate bill would widen the scope of professionals and facilities that would qualify for financial incentives for electronic health record (EHR) adoption. The bill, called the Health Information Technology Extension for Behavioral Health Services Act of 2010, calls for extending eligibility for HITECH financial incentives to behavioral health, mental health, and substance abuse treatment professionals and facilities. [Read More]

Medical Device Complications Among Most Costly Medical Errors
Complications related to medical devices, implants, and grafts costs the U.S. $1.133 billion—the third most expensive type of errors during that time period, a recent study shows. There were 60,380 such errors at an average cost of $18,771 per error. The report lists the 10 most expensive errors in healthcare settings. In all, avoidable medical errors added $19.5 billion to the nation's healthcare bill in 2008, according to the claims-based study. Most of that amount, $17 billion, was the cost of providing inpatient, outpatient and prescription drug services to individuals affected by medical errors. [Read More]

Bills Address EHR Payments for Multi-Campus Hospitals
Two Federal bills seek to eliminate CMS meaningful use provision that treats multi-campus hospitals as a single unit, thereby capping the subsidy it can receive. That fails to recognize the "incremental acquisition, training, and implementation costs" those organizations incur, according to one of the bills. In testimony, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee last month, a CMS official told the panel that while CMS had received many comments and requests to recognize each campus of a multi-campus hospital in regard to the incentive payments, hospitals should not anticipate additional incentive payments beyond what would be paid for one hospital under the "meaningful use" provisions.[Read More]

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Tech Headlines
Device makers under scrutiny in international bribery beef
MassDevice, August 17, 2010

HP snags $200M Medicare claims contract
Insurance & Technology, August 17, 2010

MetroWest Medical offers ER wait times via texts
The MetroWest Daily News, August 16, 2010

The case for putting genomic medicine to work
San Diego Union Tribune, August 16, 2010

UnitedHealth deploying EHR technology with providers
Insurance & Technology, August 10, 2010
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