Aug. 16 NAHAM webinar on Automated QA System
Join NAHAM at 1 p.m. EDT Aug. 16 for a webinar titled "Process Improvements: Utilizing an Automated QA System." Participants will learn how to decrease denial claims — therefore increasing revenue turnaround time — and how to utilize technology to make processes more efficient and less costly to your facilities. Participants will earn one contact hour toward CHAA or CHAM certification. Click here to access details on this and other NAHAM webinars; to register, click here.
Mostashari: Consumer eHealth requires 'targeted strategy'
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The National eHealth Collaborative recently convened its second meeting of the Consumer Consortium on eHealth, bringing together a collaborative forum of nearly 200 organizations who are working in a national effort to engage consumers around the tools and resources available to them through advances in HIT. The meeting featured remarks from National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, M.D., who briefed the group on the progress ONC has made implementing HITECH initiatives — and about the importance of patient-centeredness in all of their efforts. He highlighted milestones of a number of ONC programs and stressed the need for ONC to do more to engage patients in health IT. More
Will metatags improve electronic health records?
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is soliciting public comments on a set of metadata standards intended to facilitate exchange of health information. The move signifies the HHS is getting ready to propose rules for metadata that could be incorporated in Stage 2 of the meaningful use incentive program for electronic health records. More
Is biometric data safe online? ISO/IEC standard ensures security and privacy
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Biometrics, like fingerprints and iris scans, is being used more and more as a reliable form of authentication for online transactions. But how can we be sure that this data won't be compromised? To ensure security and privacy when managing and processing biometric information, International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission have jointly published a new international standard. Myung Geun Chun, project editor of new standard explains, "As the Internet is increasingly used to access services with highly sensitive information, such as eBanking and remote health care, the reliability and strength of authentication mechanisms is critical. Biometrics is regarded as a powerful solution because of its unique link to an individual that is nearly or absolutely impossible to fake." More
Report: States cutting children's access to health care
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More states have cut payments for children's health care services than have raised them this year, according to the National Association of Children's Hospitals. Nine states have passed laws that the organization says will reduce children's access to health care or throw up new barriers to obtaining coverage. Children's coverage has been at the forefront of the debate over potential Medicaid cuts. More
Health IT trainees begin hitting job market
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Physicians looking for help preparing for meaningful use are getting some good news. There are thousands of newly certified health IT professionals looking for work. About 3,000 students have completed health IT training at various community colleges out of the 10,500 who hope to complete training by 2012, according to the Health and Human Services Department's Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. The ONC's Health IT Workforce Development Program was started with $115 million in funding as part of the 2009 economic stimulus package. More
Kansas returns $31.5 million exchange grant
Kansas is returning a $31.5 million grant to lead the way on exchange development, marking one of the largest rejections of federal money to implement a piece of health reform. Kansas will send back to HHS an Early Innovator Grant it was awarded in February to build technology infrastructure for the exchanges that other states could use as a model. Two of the seven states that have received the grants have now returned them. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin turned back a $54 million grant in April after mounting pressure from state GOP lawmakers. A handful of states have meanwhile rejected $1 million grants to help plan health exchanges. More
US needs national disease surveillance system
The United States needs a national system of public-health surveillance to improve prevention and treatment of widespread chronic diseases, according to the Institute of Medicine. And that system should take advantage of all the information available in electronic medical records, insurance claims, patient-compiled data and even death records. The IOM report states, "Without a national surveillance system, the gaps in current monitoring approaches will continue to exist, making it more difficult to track the nation's health status despite advances in technology and data collection." More
Leaders should take reins in quality improvement
A new American Hospital Association and Health Research & Educational Trust guide points to leadership, including hospital boards and trustees, as well as senior, physician and clinical leaders, as the key roles in quality improvement. According to the "Allied Hospital Association Leadership for Quality 2011" report, the Washington State Hospital Association integrated hospital boards in performance improvement through a CEO and Trustee Patient Safety Summit. During this meeting, hospital board members have an opportunity to ask questions about the sometimes complex clinical reports as they relate to quality. More