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Editor's e-Note
Those who have fought to keep their weight under control have undoubtedly embarked on a program to battle the bulge. Hard work and sacrifice are staples of any such effort. Now consider if it was impossible to tell whether the program was paying off.

Sounds riduculous, right? When it comes to health care organizations, sometimes it’s difficult to determine the effectiveness of a new initiative or technology. For those that have implemented computer-assisted coding, this month’s E-News Exclusive offers pointers on how best to ascertain whether the technology is doing its job.

Lee DeOrio, editor
e-News Exclusive
Measuring the Success of Computer-Assisted Coding
By Jon Melling

As the switch to ICD-10 has officially passed, health care organizations are scrambling to improve productivity within their coding processes. Many organizations are exploring computer-assisted coding (CAC) as a means to improve efficiencies. By using natural language processing, CAC electronically identifies key terms within a medical document to determine the correct code needed for a billing statement. While the technology has been discussed for nearly two decades, it’s now a viable option for health care organizations, and a new sense of urgency has taken hold in the community to apply it in order to increase revenue while also cutting back the cost of coding.

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Industry Insight
Access to Doctors’ Notes Increases Med Adherence

In a two-year study, Geisinger researchers found that patient access to their doctors’ notes via a Web portal is associated with improved adherence to a medication regimen. This is the first large-scale study to show that access to doctors’ notes helps patients take their medicines as prescribed.

Among patients with access to notes from their primary care doctor, approximately 80% were adherent to antihypertensive medications in contrast with only approximately 75% of controls. While patient access to doctors’ notes did not appear to influence adherence to antihyperlipidemic medications, participating doctors pointed to a number of documentation issues that may explain those findings.

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A study of one pediatric emergency department found physician assistants and nurse practitioners ePrescribed 42% of the time, compared with 31% among physicians, according to MedCity News.

Would You Trust a Hospital
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Using biometrics to identify patients and match them to their medical records is more accurate than using demographic data, but once a fingerprint is compromised, it’s compromised for good, reports KQED’s Future of You.
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Tech & Tools
CMS Updates Quality Metrics on Consumer Websites
Data have been refreshed on both the Physician Compare and Hospital Compare websites to improve these consumer online tools. New quality measures have been added to Physician Compare for group practices and accountable care organizations and, for the first time, individual health care professionals. These measures focus on the quality of care provided by Medicare physicians and other health care professionals. Hospital Compare includes information on more than 100 quality measures and more than 4,000 hospitals. The website has been updated to include new data and several new measures. Learn more »

WGU Launches Master’s in Integrated Healthcare Management
Western Governors University’s new online master’s degree program is aimed at preparing professionals for senior leadership roles in health care. The MS in Integrated Healthcare Management is competency based, which allows students to study and learn at their own pace, completing courses as soon as they demonstrate mastery of the subject matter through tests, papers, simulations, and projects. This new program focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to lead health care organizations today, including rapidly changing policy areas such as affordable care, patient protection, and quality assurance. Curriculum includes health care finance, collaborative leadership, community health, risk management, IT, and innovation. Students will complete the program online with individualized faculty support and guidance, with a final capstone project based on a real-world situation in the health care industry. Learn more »
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High School Students Present
at National Informatics Symposium

AMIA chose 10 high school students who worked on research projects with faculty mentors from across the country to present at its annual symposium, held November 14-18 in San Francisco. AMIA launched the high school development program in 2014 to encourage interest in the growing field of biomedical informatics. Five students were chosen for oral presentations and five students were chosen for poster presentations.

The symposium draws 2,500 attendees for an event featuring more than 600 papers, panels, and posters. The High School Scholars Program provides an opportunity for high school students to present their research activities. All submissions were peer reviewed by members of the AMIA 2015 Scientific Program Committee and additional researchers. The symposium included educational activities and networking events for high school students and high school teachers participating in educational and research partnerships with biomedical informatics researchers across the United States.

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