Hospitals & Health Networks has just released this year’s list of ‘most wired’ hospitals, which takes into account hospitals that use information technology to achieve optimum performance. According to Healthcare IT News, the survey found:

The recent National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) testimony by key industry stakeholders demonstrated again how much we are all in agreement on critical points: we need an ICD-10 implementation date that’s certain (not a “maybe next year”), adequate end-to-end testing must happen soon for successful implementation, costs for some smaller practices and organizations may be insurmountable, resources are being lost or diverted, many physicians are disengaging, and credibility of many in a position of authority has gone right out the window. 

I recently saw an older document from an EHR vendor that outlined some reasons why a doctor should take part in meaningful use stage 2. They suggested that meaningful use stage 2 would save our healthcare system money, save doctors’ and hospitals’ time and save lives. All of these are noble goals worthy of consideration. If meaningful use could achieve this triple aim, then I think every doctor and healthcare organization would happily hop on this new triple aim.

Group health plans with 50 or more participants, including self-insured plans, must be able to conduct electronic transactions in accordance with HHS standards and operating rules. One of the more challenging aspects of the electronic transaction rules has been the transition to the new International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) codes for health claims. Read the source article at National Law Review

Depending on your perspective, there’s some good news and some bad news for healthcare providers and patients who rely on Medicare for their financial and physical health: cost cutting measures encouraged by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the transition to pay-for-performance reimbursement, and slower growth of overall healthcare spending means that the nation’s largest payer has extended its shelf life.  The main hospital insurance

The process of constructing codes in ICD-10-PCS is designed to be logical and consistent: individual letters and numbers called "values" are selected in sequence to occupy the seven spaces of the code, called "characters. " In ICD-10-PCS sections 0 through F, the fourth character defines the body part, body system, body region, or treatment site – i.e., the specific anatomical site where the procedure or service is performed.

Let me start with a prediction – if CMS’ Proposed Rule simply mandates an industry-wide compliance with ICD-10 as of October 2015, ICD-10 will eventually be delayed again.

“Patient Engagement” is a big buzzword these days and can come in multiple forms, but too little is said about how to actually achieve it. From patient portals to patient loyalty programs — healthcare is seeing solutions similar to their cousins in the retail and banking sectors, all geared to incentivize patients in various ways to increase their consumption of healthcare. But do they work?

The FDA’s latest mHealth draft guidance reduces approval requirements for certain mobile devices. The agency proposes to largely deregulate a sizable list of Class II and Class I medical devices and no longer require their makers go through the 510(k) process. “This is big news, and a huge boost to the mobile health industry,” the mHealth Regulatory Coalition’s Bradley Merrill Thompson wrote MobiHealthNews in an email.

On July 16, 2013, CMS announced the first year outcomes from the Pioneer ACO Demonstration Project. While CMS presented the results as generally positive, financial details were not disclosed on all of the participating organizations, and CMS’ initial press release included the results of just 15 of the 32 Pioneer ACOs. By combing through various analyst reports from organizations like Triple Tree Advisors and reviewing media reports, we have been able to pull together a little more detail.