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Industry Insight
Seven Health Systems
Form Interstate Alliance

Seven health systems have announced the formation of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium that will address quality, population health management, best practices, and medical research in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The seven participating systems are Atlantic Health System (Morristown, New Jersey), Hackensack University Health Network (Hackensack, New Jersey), Lancaster General Health (Lancaster, Pennsylvania), Lehigh Valley Health Network (Allentown, Pennsylvania), Meridian Health (Neptune, New Jersey), Reading Health System (Reading, Pennsylvania), and WellSpan Health (York, Pennsylvania). Together, the alliance contains 25 hospitals, has a service area of more than 6 million people, and has a combined revenue of more than $10 billion, making it the largest health care consortium in the country.

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Editor's E-Note
Health care organizations employ various plans to attack the ICD-10 implementation challenge. Some are more involved than others, with the organization figuring it’s going to take out-of-the-box thinking to ensure success.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, a thought leader suggests it’s wiser to rely on the basics for the most part. Educate staff and then practice what was learned in the classroom. Throw in a bit of technology and HIM leaders will have a solid foundation to lean on in their quest to make the ICD-10 transition.

Lee DeOrio, editor
E-News Exclusives
Education, Practice, and Analytics: The ICD-10 Trifecta
By Kim Felix, RHIA, CCS

With the race to meet the ICD-10 deadline, many HIM leaders are seeking resources to successfully usher their organizations into the new era of care. To ensure a strong ICD-10 transition, leaders will need to engage coder education and training programs that not only offer interactive, hands-on experiences but also support the right tools, allowing organizations to run valuable analytics to track and measure accuracy and productivity.

By incorporating education, practice, and analytics into an ICD-10 preparation program, organizations will be equipped to proactively pinpoint coding roadblocks and address them through focused training, direct coder interaction, and further assessments, providing a customized and comprehensive coder education experience.

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This month’s selection:
My facility has a physician who also practices as a radiation oncologist and sees patients part time at the local wound care center. There are several physicians from my facility who work part-time at the wound care center and focus on different specialties (eg, family practice, general surgery, radiation oncology).

The radiation oncology provider has asked whether it is appropriate to bill a new patient visit if she sees a patient at the wound care center whom she doesn’t know but is a “frequent flyer” at the center. In other words, other providers at the wound care center have seen the patient, and all of them are acting in the same capacity.

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Industry Insight
Court Dismisses UCLA Health System Data Breach Lawsuit
A ruling states that health care providers are not necessarily liable if there’s no proof that stolen medical data have been accessed by a third party, California Healthline reports.

Health Apps Pose a Privacy Risk
Many popular health, wellness, and fitness apps share user’s personal data with third parties, according to Detroit TV news station WXYZ.
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AHIMA Conference News
AHIMA Conference Honors Past 85 Years,
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By Heather Hogstrom

AHIMA’s recent annual conference, held in Atlanta, began with a general session featuring various speakers and award presentations. AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA, outlined five goals in “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow — Celebrating Our Past, Embracing Our Future.” She challenged HIM professionals to utilize informatics to transform data into health intelligence, promote leadership by developing leaders across all health care sectors, be recognized as the health care industry experts in information governance, encourage innovation by increasing thought leadership and evidence-based HIM research, and empower customers to optimize their health through management of their personal health information.

Dan Schipfer, vice president and general manager for Cerner, and Patrice Wolfe, senior vice president and general manager for RelayHealth, represented the CommonWell Health Alliance, an independent nonprofit formed by seven HIT vendors to promote universal interoperability. They desire to make health data available no matter where care occurs. Schipfer discussed the challenges of interoperability and health information exchange, and Wolfe followed with the alliance’s solutions. Rather than requiring a central repository, the alliance brokers the transfer of data between providers.

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Tech & Tools
SecurityMetrics MobileScan
For organizations that use mobile smartphones and tablets to process, transmit, or store sensitive data, the SecurityMetrics MobileScan app helps users secure the private information that passes through their device. In seconds, the app identifies potential mobile security threats and directs user remediation by providing simple setting and device recommendations. MobileScan inspects for exploitable security vulnerabilities that cyber criminals could use to gain access to a device, such as operating systems that haven’t been updated, accessible application installation settings, invalid disk encryption, and exposed Wi-Fi. Learn more »

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WebMD iPhone App
WebMD Health Corp has released a new version of its iPhone app that includes a new user interface; customizable content based on interests and goals; a search feature that allows consumers to find the closest physicians, hospitals, and pharmacies; an increased breadth of disease and treatment information; a medical term glossary; and Medscape Patient Instructions, which allows physicians to securely send education and instructions on thousands of conditions, procedures, and drugs to their patients. Learn more »

Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know
The Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has launched Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know, a mobile app that allows parents to access up-to-date, reliable information about the science and safety of vaccines. It includes comprehensive information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent, vaccine safety topics, recommended immunization schedules, and types of vaccines and how they’re made. Additional features include graphics depicting disease characteristics, such as levels of contagiousness and typical disease timelines; vaccine-related games; and links to vaccine videos and other Vaccine Education Center resources. The app also allows users to e-mail the center for answers to vaccine-related questions or save questions for the next doctor’s visit. Learn more »

Physicians Practice App
Physicians Practice, a practice management resource for physicians and medical office staff, has released the third and final digital issue of its free iPad app planned for 2013. The issue includes tips from peers and practice management experts to help practices prepare for changes in the delivery of health care resulting from the January 2014 implementation of the Accountable Care Act (ACA); a Healthcare Reform Toolkit with tips on ACA-related topics such as bundled payments, Medicare and Medicaid, accountable care organizations, health insurance exchanges, and patient-centered medical homes; data from the Great American Physician Survey that delves into physicians' opinions on everything from health reform and politics to their personal and professional lives; tips to help practices increase their revenue by avoiding common coding mistakes and speeding up the collections process; a comparison guide to help physicians choose the best tablet for use in their practice; and multimedia features such as videos, podcasts, and infographics. Learn more »