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McKesson Announces Expansion of EHR Software Give-Away Program

McKesson has announced the expanded, nationwide rollout of its McKesson Gives Back program, a philanthropic initiative designed to recognize and reward physician practices that provide unreimbursed health care to America’s neediest citizens. Initially launched in November 2012 in select cities, the program now is available to physicians and clinics across the United States to support providers delivering care to underserved and uninsured communities.

Physicians and clinics selected by the McKesson Gives Back program are provided with McKesson Practice Choice, a fully integrated, Web-based EHR and practice management solution that gives providers clinical, financial, operational, and patient tools to help manage their practices and provide quality care.

Acceptance into the program is on a rolling basis until 100 providers are selected. To qualify for the software, physician practices must be primary care, internal medicine, family practice, gynecology, or pediatric; private, not hospital employed; involve one to 10 physicians; have a demonstrated history of providing unreimbursed care to the low-income community for at least six months; and have broadband or high-speed Internet connectivity in the location where the software will be used.

To learn more about the program or to apply, visit www.mckessongivesback.com.

— Source: McKesson Corporation


Website Designed to Help With ICD-10 Transition

University of Illinois at Chicago researchers have developed a website that walks health care providers through the challenging transition from ICD-9 to the ICD-10 code set. They also identified the diseases presenting the greatest reporting complexity.

On the website, the researchers invite providers to put in the old codes and find the appropriate new codes. They identify the 36% of ICD-9-CM code mappings that have no straightforward correspondence in ICD-10-CM. For example, what was once coded as “ear infection, unspecified” may now be coded as “ear infection, left ear”; “ear infection, right ear”; “ear infection, both”; or “ear infection, unspecified.”

“We’ve tried to simplify these coding changes to the point where they can be understood and used,” says Andrew Boyd, MD, an assistant professor in biomedical and health information sciences.

— Source: University of Illinois at Chicago


Davis Selected to Lead Deloitte Health Informatics

Deloitte has named Brett J. Davis general manager of Deloitte Health Informatics (DHI), a newly launched business providing advanced analytics services and products to health care providers, researchers, and medical manufacturers.

Davis, who recently joined Deloitte Consulting as a principal, will work to expand DHI's solutions and network of collaborators in helping health organizations unlock the power of data to reduce costs, improve outcomes, and shrink the time involved in developing new therapies.

Under Davis' leadership, DHI will draw on Intermountain's Homer Warner Center of researchers and medical informatics professionals and Deloitte's deep analytics capabilities in creating a network that works to improve the US health system around costs, outcomes, and drug development.

Davis comes to Deloitte from Oracle where he was senior director of business development for the health sciences global business unit, helping launch its health care analytics and translational research solution areas.

— Source: Deloitte