HealthLeaders Media IT - October 26, 2010 | Is the Healthcare Technology Arms Race Over?
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Is the Healthcare Technology Arms Race Over?
Gienna Shaw, Senior Editor

Healthcare organizations have been investing heavily in the latest diagnosis and treatment technology in order to show that they are state-of-the-art facilities, and to boost recruitment and revenue. But as the healthcare landscape changes, and a greater emphasis is placed on efficiency and cost reduction, that may no longer be the case. [Read More]
October 26, 2010  
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In Medicare's data trove, clues to curing cost crisis
Data can help reduce healthcare costs, according to a Wall Street Journal article, including helping CMS to root out fraudulent claims. Take, for example, the case of a family-practice doctor in the New York City area who, government records suggest, pocketed more than $2 million in 2008 from Medicare—making her one of the best-paid family-medicine physicians in the Medicare system. This doctor didn't do typical family medicine. Instead, she administered a wide array of sophisticated tests, including polysomnography sleep analyses, nerve conduction probes and needle electromyography procedures—some of which have been flagged by federal antifraud authorities for special scrutiny. The paper notes that it was prohibited from naming this physician despite the fact that the paper detected her by mining the Medicare claims database, which is widely considered the single best source of information on the U.S. health-care system. (The unnamed physician denies wrongdoing.)
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HIPAA, HITECH Final Rules Expected by Early 2011
HIPAA and HITECH final rules could be published by the end of this year or early next year, a top lawyer for the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) says. Adam H. Greene, senior health information technology and privacy specialist for OCR, gave that prediction during the Fourth Annual HIPAA Summit West: Healthcare Privacy and Security after HITECH and Health Reform. Covered entities and business associates also await OCR's final rule on breach notification. The rule was sent to the Office of Management and Budget for review but was later withdrawn for further review, according to OCR.[Read More]

Hospitals' Data Sharing Improves Surgical Care
Hospitals that have been given incentives to collaborate with one another can significantly reduce surgical complications, according to a study conducted by the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative—a group hospitals throughout the state that joined to help improve surgical outcomes—and published in the Archives of Surgery. Information on general and vascular surgeries was collected between 2005 and 2007 at 16 Michigan hospitals, with the analysis finding that blood infections, septic shock, prolonged ventilation use, and cardiac arrest decreased approximately 10% among hospitals that shared data, versus the control group that did not collaborate with one another in which complications did not experience any measureable reduction. [Read More]

HealthLeaders Media Rounds: Building Accountable Care Organizations
Hospitals and physicians are working hurriedly to build systems of care that reward quality, outcomes, and high-value care—the ingredients of the accountable care organization. Innovative healthcare leaders like Carilion Clinic, Norton Healthcare, and Sinai Health System are getting ready now for the future of healthcare system delivery. Join us on Dec. 9 from Carilion Clinic and share the lessons these leaders have learned. [Read More]

Breakthroughs Report: Hospital Merger and Acquisition Strategies
The rules of healthcare are changing. Today, growth isn't about just getting bigger. It's about developing all of the components needed for coordinated care and reduced costs. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems that have seen the value of growth from mergers and acquisitions—North Shore LIJ Health System, Novant Health, Baylor Health Care System, and Bayhealth Medical Center—share insights and lessons learned. [Read More]

Intelligence Report: Patient Experience — Help Wanted
While 72% of senior healthcare leaders say that patient experience has been a priority in the past year, only 1 of 8 CEOs has primary responsibility for it. Our exclusive, original research and analysis examines this paradox and delves into the realm of patient experience and its challenges, including why healthcare leaders report lack of success in achieving the kind of patient experience they need to provide.[Read More]

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U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, speaks about the importance of electronic health record systems to America's public health and whether consumers are ready to access and share electronic health data with their providers through EHRs, patient portals, or health information exchanges. "People have real concerns, and that's where government comes in to protect that information," she says, in an exclusive interview with HealthLeaders Media during the American Health Information Management Association's annual conference in Orlando.
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