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I need the singular for labia majora and labia minora, please. I know the singular for labia is labium, but what about majora and minora?

Patricia A. Ireland, CMT, AHDI-F

According to Stedman’s Medical Dictionary, the singular of labia majora is labium majus and the singular of labia minora is labium minus.

— Kathy Nicholls, CMT, AHDI-F, of Nicholls Consulting Services, is a certified inbound marketing professional.
Editor's E-Note
According to The Commonwealth Fund, bundled payment has the potential to reduce health expenditures in the United States by as much as $300 billion between 2010 and 2020. However, the bundled payments methodology is not quickly being adopted, primarily because implementation costs are too high and remain unpredictable.

This month’s E-News Exclusive makes the case that a third-party management solution can lead to significant cost reductions in bundled payments. Case studies illustrate how providers “drowning in a sea of paper” can outsource much of that administrative burden to a managed care company.

Lee DeOrio, editor
E-News Exclusives
Bundled Payments: Overcoming Barriers
to Adoption

By Richard Cole

Since the 1980s, numerous programs have demonstrated that bundling payments to providers can significantly lower healthcare costs while improving patient care. However, recent reports show that healthcare organizations are still slow to adopt this payment methodology.

What is holding back the adoption of bundled payments? Are the challenges related to its implementation exaggerated or do they point to real issues about the bundled payments concept? More importantly, can new technology and management solutions help overcome these difficulties and deliver on the full promise of bundled payments?

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Other News
All NHS Patient Records Online by 2015
Undeterred by past problems, England's National Health Service has vowed to get all patient records online by 2015, according to The Channel Register.

Oregon to Implement
New Statewide HIE

According to Healthcare IT News, Oregon has announced plans to join the ranks of states with health information exchanges.
Industry Insight
Report Reveals Keys
to Sustainable HIEs

IDC Health Insights recently released a new report, “Best Practices: Establishing Sustainable Health Information Exchange,” to educate healthcare organizations on best practices for establishing enterprise or community health information exchanges (HIEs). While many HIEs have attempted to become sustainable, financially viable entities, only some have succeeded. The new report provides a framework for establishing a new HIE based on keen insight from successful early adopters.

Based on interviews with nearly 50 executives from enterprise, regional, and statewide HIE organizations, the best practices described in the report are arranged by the major components of an HIE deployment: stakeholder engagement, communications, data governance, HIE solution selection, project management and implementation, EHR deployment, clinical utilization, privacy and security, and funding and sustainability. As a first step, IDC Health Insights emphasizes that healthcare organizations should focus on understanding the clinical, business, and technical requirements of the HIE before identifying potential solutions and conducting a vendor search.

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Tech & Tools
The Digital Pillbox
The Digital Pillbox app and widget, optimized for smartphones and tablets, reminds, tracks, and notifies users and their care providers regarding pill consumption. It maintains a schedule of medicines, vitamins, supplements, etc and stores a record of past successful consumption. An alarm notification system makes users aware of their scheduled task and helps them complete it. Photos of the pills help users recognize which ones to take. The users’ care provider can be notified via e-mail with a spreadsheet showing medicines taken. Learn more »

Shopko Mobile Pharmacy App
Shopko’s mobile pharmacy app allows users to quickly and easily refill and manage their prescriptions from their smartphones. Customers can request refills, review active prescription details (including expiration date, refills remaining, and overdue refills), set up dosage reminders, and receive e-mail/text notifications when a prescription refill is ready. A Pharmacy Locator feature enables customers to locate the nearest Shopko pharmacy, get driving directions, and check the hours of operation. Learn more »

WebMD Baby App
The WebMD Baby App for iPhone and iPod touch gives parents quick access to pediatrician-approved health information for infants and toddlers. WebMD Baby content is personalized for a baby's specific age, helping ensure new parents are one step ahead of their baby's growth and development. Health and wellness tips are sent regularly, and users can also search for information organized by age and topic (eg, feeding and nutrition, growth and development, vaccines). A baby routine and record keeper allows users to easily record and share baby's routine (eg, feedings, diaper changes, sleep). A personal growth chart allows information to be added from the pediatrician's office. Learn more »

Weigh What Matters App
The American Medical Association has released the Weigh What Matters app to help patients improve their overall health. The free app encourages users to consult with their physician to establish personal health goals and track their weight, physical activity, and nutrition with daily entries. It calculates a user’s body mass index and provides a mechanism to view progress reports and e-mail them to the user’s physician. Learn more »
HFMA Conference Preview
Today's Diet & Nutrition2012 ANI Aims for the Impossible
By Heather Hogstrom

The Healthcare Financial Management Association’s (HFMA) 2012 National Institute will be held June 24-27 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center in Las Vegas. During this time of change and transition in healthcare, ANI challenges attendees to do the impossible today and do it again tomorrow.

To inspire attendees, keynote speakers include the following:

• Track legend Carl Lewis, a nine-time Olympic gold medalist, will discuss what it takes to overcome the odds and achieve your goals in your healthcare career and beyond.

• Chesley B “Sully” Sullenberger, III, the famed pilot who safely guided a US Airways jetliner to an emergency landing on the Hudson River, will emphasize passion for excellence and preparedness, leading by example, and reaching for high standards of quality and service.

• David Walker, former US Comptroller General, will discuss how to rein in out-of-control government spending, restore fiscal responsibility, and reform Social Security, healthcare, defense, tax, and political systems.

• Kevin and Jackie Freiberg, authors of Nanovation: How a Little Car Can Teach the World to Think Big, will share strategies for leading innovation and finding ways to overcome healthcare challenges such as reducing costs and improving quality.

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