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Kodak and 4medica combine to help docs with MU PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:58

4medica, provider of a cloud and SaaS-based clinical integration platform, announced Wednesday it will be joining forces with Kodak to help hospitals and physicians efficiently digitize clinical data.

The solution they'll offer will help healthcare providers achieve a consistently complete electronic health record (EHR), facilitate health information exchange and qualify for financial incentives for meaningful use, officials said.

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Report MU clinical quality measures via attestation in 2012, CMS says PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 14:10

The 2011 requirements for reporting clinical quality measures (CQM) for Meaningful Use will remain the same in 2012. That is, hospitals, critical access hospitals and eligible professionals can report outcomes via attestation and by calculating the measures by using meaninfgul-use-certified electronic health records (EHRs), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) clarifies in separate upcoming proposed rules.

In one of the proposals on hospital outpatient payments and hospital value-based purchasing--to be published in the Federal Register July 18--hospitals are encouraged to participate in a proposed electronic reporting pilot to help advance EHR-based reporting in the hospital-related quality programs, CMS says.

In the second proposed rule on physician fee schedule payment policies--which will be published in the July 19 Federal Register--CMS notes that it initially called for CQMs to be electronically submitted in 2012. But CMS' final rule for Stage 1 of th...

Hospital friend-raising makes fundraising personal PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 12:47

Hospitals are adding a personal touch to their fundraising efforts. For example, board members at East Phillips County Hospital District in Colorado have started "friend-raising," an attempt to raise community awareness and support of the hospital, in addition to raising money.

For the past six months, the hospital board has been meeting with local businesses and organizations to offer information about the hospital, find out what issues are important to the community, address any existing concerns, and more importantly, give community members a chance to ask questions, reports the Holyoke Enterprise.

Communication is key, according to board member Gary Rahe. The hospital board has been using the personal meetings to communicate with the public.

So far, the friend-raising efforts seem to be working. According to Administrator John Ayoub, the hospital recieved a $9,500 grant to purchase additional pulse oximetry equipment for ambulances and the laboratory, notes the Holyoke Enter...

Who needs an MBA? Top hospitals are run by doctors, study says PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 11:42

To the unease of some nonclinical hospital managers, a new study published in the Social Science and Medicine journal finds that the best hospitals are typically run by medical physicians and not managers. Researchers at the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany, looked at top-performing hospitals in cancer, digestive disorders, and heart surgery. They found that physician-run hospitals had a 25 percent higher quality score, compared to those run by nonclinical CEOs.

"Over the last few decades there has been a growing tendency for hospital boards to appoint managers as CEOs. These findings raise some warning signs over that trend," said Amanda Goodall PhD, the author of the study, and a senior researcher at the Institute for the Study of Labor, in a press release yesterday. "It seems that age-old conventions about having doctors in charge--currently an idea that is out of favor around the world--may turn out to have been right all along."


Pricier lab tests better at preventing HAIs PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 11:25

While money can't buy you happiness, it could buy you better prevention of hospital-acquired infections, according to a study in the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics. Even though hospitals are trying to avoid costly lab tests, the study found that the more expensive molecular testing method is much more precise in identifying Clostridium difficile Toxin (C. diff) infection.

After evaluating the results of molecular versus non-molecular lab tests at Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children's Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, and Newport Hospital, the study found that molecular testing detected between 35 and 54 percent more patients who were positive for C. diff than other, cheaper methods.

C. diff bacteria, which causes diarrhea, leads to 9,000 hospital deaths each year, 3,000 post-discharge deaths, and 16,500 deaths in nursing homes, according to lead author Kimberle Chapin, MD, director of the microbiology lab at Lifespan.

To prevent the spread of C. diff to patients, the study find...

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