This Week in Healthcare: November 23rd, 2012

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November 23rd, 2012

PayerFusion Articles


Video: Money & Medicine – Runaway Healthcare Spending

Money & Medicine investigates the dangers the nation faces from runaway health care spending as well as the dangers patients face from over-diagnosis and over-treatment. Our more-is-better approach to health care is not only failing to make us healthier, it’s threatening to bankrupt the nation.  The doctor/patient stories in this film illustrate the powerful forces driving excessive medical care as well as proven strategies that can reduce unnecessary medical spending.

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Health IT

Increase in private HIEs raises concerns about compatibility

HIT Policy Committee releases stage 3 meaningful use recommendations

Beta version of Cypress released; Tests EHRs & EHR modules in calculating Meaningful Use Stage 2 Quality Measures

Meaningful Use Stage 3 Timeline

ICD-10 Readiness: Healthcare payers prepare for major disruption

How Patients are Saving a Trip to the Doctor’s Office With Online Treatment

Infographic: 10 Benefits of HealthIT


Care Coordination & Primary Care

Inappropriate care requests: The role of health care professionals

Palliative care, end-of-life discussions curb readmissions, aggressive care

Use midlevels to provide primary care rather than finding 52k PCPs


Healthcare Reform

Reminder: PCIPs Here to Stay Until 2014 

Barring Insurance Discrimination Based on Pre-Existing Health Conditions


Healthcare Costs

PCORI funds $12M in research to address 'research gaps'

Repeat testing could up costs, lead to even more tests


Medicare & Medicaid

The Role of Medicaid for Low-Income Adults With Chronic Illness

New Medicare plan 2012 rolling out very soon

Medicare Advantage vs. Traditional Medicare Programs



Healthy Apps & Tips for Thanksgiving


Payment Reform

CMS bundled payments pilot promotes better care coordination

Pay for Performance and EHRs


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