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Where the Money Is: Healthcare Technology

Scott Mace

Money is flowing into healthcare technology initiatives. Some is federal funding, but everywhere the government doesn't go, private money appears ready to rush in. Yet much of this investment doesn't presume the continuation of the current hospital-oriented care system. >>>


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Meaningful Use Push for Rural Hospitals is On

Smaller rural hospitals have been given short shift in the move to meaningful use. Now officials with the Office of the National Coordinator are providing additional funding to speed things up. Otherwise, it looks like the vast majority of critical access hospitals won't make the deadline. >>>

OIG to Investigate Hospital Payments in 2013

Federal health investigators say they are launching 112 new investigations as part of their 2013 work plan, including 25 projects that examine Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services payment policies to hospitals. >>>

Physician Groups Warming Up to HIEs

Two reports show health information exchanges gaining ground among doctors as barriers—lack of interoperability, lack of information exchange infrastructure, and cost concerns—fall away. More than half of hospital-owned physician groups surveyed say they plan to join a state, hospital, or regional HIE. >>>

Recovery Auditor Improper Payments Ratchet Up

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has once again corrected more improper payments than in the previous quarter, this time to the tune of $701.3 million. >>>

Hospitals Overspending on Blood Transfusions

By employing best practices in transfusion medicine, hospitals could save "about $1.06 million per hospital per year" without changing patient outcomes, an economic report says. >>>

Prescription Drug Abuse Rates Hound Providers

To curb prescription drug abuse, pain management advocates are trumpeting training programs for physicians and other healthcare providers over an FDA proposal to change labeling requirements on opioids. >>>

Healthcare Job Growth Boosts Employment Stats

September's federal jobs report is spurred by hiring within the healthcare sector. But one economist cautions that the government's work to control healthcare spending could ultimately reverse the positive jobs trend. >>>

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Reboot for ICD-10—Lessons from UnitedHealth Group

Date: Oct. 22, 2012, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET


With the implementation deadline confirmed, the transition to ICD-10 shifts into high gear. Now providers and payers must prepare quickly. Learn from UnitedHealth Group and other coding experts how to assess your organization's existing structure, create a transition process, and move toward compliance while meeting risk and cost constraints.


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News Headlines

As US clamps down on data access, work on hospital safety may slow

The New York Times, October 9, 2012

When implanted medical devices go wrong, who pays?

Reuters, October 9, 2012

Redefining medicine with apps and iPads

The New York Times, October 9, 2012

Reno an early adopter in 'game-changing' telemedicine program

Reno Gazette Journal, October 8, 2012

Abbott selling scans in fight vs. heart disease

Star Tribune, October 8, 2012

Electronic medical billing may inflate payments

The Dartmouth, October 4, 2012

EHRs improve patient outcomes, aid targeted treatment

InformationWeek, October 4, 2012

Anthem Blue Cross settles with CA over data breach

Sacramento Business Journal, October 3, 2012

Chattanooga hospitals pouring millions into renovations, technology and expansions

Chattanooga Times Free Press, October 3, 2012

Many states not prepared for healthcare law

The Washington Post, October 3, 2012

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Rounds: Kaiser Permanente's Model for Total Health

Date: Oct. 16, 2012, 1:00-4:00 p.m. ET

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