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Industry Insight
Physicians Practice Finds Rate of EHR Adoption Remains Steady

UBM Medica US’ Physicians Practice 2012 Technology Survey, sponsored by AT&T, found that 72% of US healthcare providers surveyed are in some stage of EHR adoption.

Despite government financial incentives rewarding physicians who adopt EHR systems, adoption has leveled off as providers continue to complain about high up-front costs and other challenges to making the transition, according to the survey of 1,300 outpatient practices, taken late in 2011 and early this year by Physicians Practice, a business publication for physicians. Findings in the survey include the following:

• Twenty-nine percent of those without an EHR cited high cost as the reason, more than any other factor.

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Editor's E-Note
As healthcare organizations plan the switchover to ICD-10, many are looking for an assist from technology to avoid creating a revenue cycle catastrophe.

One possible solution is computer-assisted coding, which gives coders the ability to analyze data and helps limit compliance concerns. This month's E-News Exclusive reveals how this technology can prove to be an invaluable ICD-10 transition tool.

Lee DeOrio, editor
E-News Exclusives
ICD-10 Readiness and the CAC Advantage
By Allison Errickson, CPC-H, and Maria Bounos RN, MPM, CPC-H

Computer-assisted coding technology is becoming a critical piece of the ICD-10 readiness equation as hospitals seek the most efficient and effective road to compliance.

As healthcare organizations plan their ICD-10 transition strategy, many are discovering that the effort will touch nearly every area of operations. It’s an overwhelming proposition for many providers in light of the sheer number of regulatory initiatives vying for staff resources and budget line items.

Nevertheless, it’s a coming reality and a necessary step in the right direction to bring the US healthcare coding system into the 21st century. To adequately prepare, hospitals need to consider all the tools at their disposal to minimize the impact to patient care, compliance, workflows, and revenue cycle.

Clinical documentation and HIM professionals certainly will be the heavy lifters when it comes to successfully navigating the transition and learning curve to ICD-10. Most healthcare organizations understand it will be impossible to expect coders to be fully prepared to make the jump from the current 17,000 ICD-9 codes to the 141,000 ICD-10 codes through education alone. That’s why the use of computer-assisted coding (CAC) tools is emerging as a critical component to a successful ICD-10 readiness strategy.

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Education News
HIT Accelerator Program Launched in New Jersey

Tigerlabs recently announced the launch of a new HIT accelerator program, Tigerlabs Health. The three-month program, which will begin in February 2013, offers $20,000 in seed funding, mentorship, software, professional seminars, and coworking facility for HIT innovators.

Located in the backyard of pharma industry titans Merck, Johnson & Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Novartis, and Novo Nordisk, along with many emerging pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotech firms, Tigerlabs is uniquely positioned to leverage regional executive and investor relationships to usher in a new culture of innovation into the HIT sector.

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The Value of
Error Reports

By measuring coding accuracy, healthcare organizations can get a better read on coder performance and potential revenue losses.
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Seeking Clinical Decision-Support Standards
Establishing such standards would make it much easier for facilities to purchase, share, and implement CDS tools. Read more »

ICD-10 Testing Strategies
Better not cram, say experts, who recommend developing sound testing strategies well in advance of the coding system’s arrival. Read more »

Optimize Data to Improve Care and Efficiency
By making good use of large volumes of invaluable data, healthcare organizations can improve their chances of meeting several federal regulations. Read more »
Other News
Methodist Hospitals Settles Lawsuit With Computer Provider
The Methodist Hospitals in Indiana settled a lawsuit with three HIT companies in which the health system alleged it spent more than $16 million on EHR technology that did not work, the Post-Tribune reported.

Petition to Eliminate Transsexualism Classification From ICD-10
ABC News reports that a Londoner is on a mission to remove the diagnosis “transsexualism” from the mental disorders section of ICD-10.
Tech & Tools
Mayo Clinic Patient App
The Mayo Clinic Patient app provides patients with access to health information and management tips from the clinic’s Web and online publications, a list of clinical trials at the clinic, and links to request an appointment at any location. For a Mayo Clinic patient, the functionality is personalized, providing secure access to their medical record, an up-to-date appointment schedule, lab results, and navigation to amenities on Mayo Clinic campuses as well as in the community. Learn more »

AlliedPeds iPhone App
Allied Pediatrics of New York, PLLC launched its iPhone app, AlliedPeds, which provides parents with quick and reliable access to pediatrician-approved health and wellness information about common illnesses and concerns. With features ranging from medical definitions to home care advice and pediatric dosage tables, parents can make smart decisions based on their child’s symptoms, the level of care needed, and how to provide fast symptom relief for minor illnesses or injuries that can be managed at home. Learn more »

AT&T Developer Center ForHealth
Most of today’s mobile health (mHealth) applications are limited in their ability to access and share information because the data are siloed in disparate, proprietary systems that are hard to integrate. To break down these data silos, AT&T has launched the AT&T Developer Center ForHealth under the AT&T ForHealth practice. Based on an open set of developer tools and infrastructure, the app is expected to streamline, accelerate, and lower costs in the development, deployment, and management of enterprise-grade mHealth applications. In addition, the Developer Center is expected to create an ecosystem where disparate applications can link together, at the direction of the healthcare consumer, to create a more complete, accessible, and personalized healthcare experience. Learn more »

Wolters Kluwer Health Facts & Comparisons eAnswers Mobile
Wolters Kluwer Health has released Facts & Comparisons eAnswers Mobile to provide smartphone users with authoritative answers to drug information questions. The app, which combines content from Facts & Comparisons eAnswers and Lexicomp, helps practitioners ensure the safety and accuracy of therapeutic decision making through quick and easy mobile access to independently reviewed and researched drug information. Learn more »
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