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Health care industry leads market in IT hiring
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Flush with federal funds and under the gun of federal regulatory deadlines, the health care industry is leading the market in IT jobs creation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics job placement services. The bureau indicated that IT jobs in health care are expected to grow by 20 percent annually through 2018, "much faster than average." There are currently 176,090 health care IT jobs, according to the agency. More

Hospital ACO model saved $400,000, cut readmissions
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Do accountable care organizations produce better patient outcomes? That's still up for debate in the hotly contested issue with some supporting coordinated care and others slamming the financial incentives. At Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida, a care coordination pilot program to reduce readmissions through follow-up care has shown promising results in improved outcomes. For example, after discharge, patients are visited by nurses at home who provide healthy frozen meals and ensure they are adhering to their medication. The $81,000 investment also saved the hospital $400,000 in readmission charges. More

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What happens after a data breach?
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The federal health care breach notification rule requires HIPAA covered entities-comprising providers, insurers and vendors who must comply with HIPAA transaction sets-to report breaches of protected health information affecting 500 or more individuals to the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights. OCR posts the breaches to a public website. And there have been a lot of postings: by mid-June, 288 listings had filled what is called the "Wall of Shame" in just an 18-month period. More

Reduced access to child-only health plans puts children at risk
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A Senate committee recently released a report that shows access to child-only health insurance plans has declined significantly since passage of the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., ranking member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said the Department of Health and Human Services has failed to take action to address problems created by the new regulations. Enzi's committee conducted a survey to determine whether children under the age of 19 have access to child-only health insurance plans since enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. More

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Mature HIEs build trust to share data, IT    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Oklahoma health information exchange SMRTNET has managed to build a network of seven networks and has attracted a broad range of 3,000 providers in 2011 that share data between hospitals, Native American tribes, community health centers, labs, universities and private physicians. The individual networks exchange data statewide using a shared set of common resources and privacy policies. More

Surveys find widespread violence against nurses and other hospital caregivers
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Although nearly invisible to the public except in extreme cases, violence against nurses and other hospital caregivers is commonplace in California and around the nation, according to surveys, state records and interviews with hospital employees and industry experts. Some workers, especially in emergency rooms, say they experience some level of assault — biting, hitting, kicking and chasing — so often they consider it an unavoidable part of the job. Most attacks don't result in serious injury, but hundreds have resulted in workers' compensation claims in California. More

Simi Valley Hospital Reaches 135% of Point-of-Service Cash Collections Goal with MedeAnalytics’ Patient Access Intelligence
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HIEs struggle with sustainability
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Business sustainability continues to be among the biggest challenges for most health information exchanges, even as new HIEs are starting up and existing ones are figuring out ways to overcome technical and other various hurdles, according to a new report from eHealth Initiative. The number of HIEs in the U.S. grew 9 percent in 2011 to 255 from 234 in 2010. More

Thomson Reuters: Health care consumer confidence dipped in July
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A consumer sentiment index from Thomson Reuters showed that consumers' confidence in their ability to pay for health care declined in July after two straight months of improvement. The index is based on the Thomson Reuters PULSE Healthcare Survey, a national, privately funded household survey of health behavior, attitudes and utilization that has been running for more than 20 years. More

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