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CTIA, an organization representing the wireless communications industry, reported on April 10 that it worked with government and law-enforcement sources to develop four steps to deter smartphone thefts and protect consumer data.
27 ACOs join Medicare shared savings program April 10, 2012 | Mary Mosquera - Contributing Editor
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced April 10 that 27 accountable care organizations will participate in CMS’ Medicare Shared Savings Program. Through the program physicians and hospitals will work together to coordinate and improve care for seniors and share in the subsequent savings from delivering that care.
Hospital expansion strategies build on services for well-insured patients April 10, 2012 | Rene Letourneau - Managing Editor
Hospital strategies to expand into new markets include building full-service hospitals, establishing freestanding emergency departments and other outpatient services, acquiring physician practices and operating medical transport systems – all aimed at shoring up referral bases and capturing additional inpatient admissions.
AHIMA continues push for no delay in ICD-10 adoption April 10, 2012 | Diana Manos - Senior Editor
The American Health Information Management Association wants healthcare providers to adopt ICD-10 as quickly as possible, even though the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposes delaying the compliance deadline for one year, until Oct. 1, 2014.
Yale researchers recently reported that many women do not fully appreciate the consequences of delaying motherhood, and expect that assisted reproductive technologies can reverse their aged ovarian function.
3 ways Google+ can help you market your practice April 09, 2012 | Katie Matlack - Medical Market Analyst, Software Advice
You may be surprised to learn how Google+ can make your practice more “findable” on the web. Using the social network can improve the chances your name will come up when prospective patients search for something you’ve written about.
A webinar scheduled for April 11, presented by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), will discuss how the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will affect health IT.
Consumers signal concern about use of smartphone data April 06, 2012 | PhysBizTech staff
According to a Consumer Reports survey, 65 percent of smartphone owners said they were very concerned that apps could access their contacts, photos, location and other data on their devices without their permission.

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This blog post highlights the similarities and differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10 documentation and coding needs for diabetes and congestive heart failure.
The future of primary care March 23, 2012 | Jay Parkinson, MD
Primary care is in such a bad state. Only about 5 percent of graduating residents are choosing primary care mostly because primary care doctors can expect to earn $3.5 million less than a specialist over their lifetimes.
Weighing in on meaningful use proposed Stage 2 rules March 15, 2012 | Hannah King - Health Information Exchange
Meaningful use rules are driving current and future EHR functionality modifications.
The start of big changes with healthcare costs March 09, 2012 | Jim Bohnsack - Vice President, TransUnion Healthcare
Recently, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released survey results indicating that just one percent of Americans accounted for 22 percent of healthcare costs in 2009. The good news: That number has dropped by six percentage points since 1996.
Health reform cast as economic issue in Tennessee primary March 05, 2012 | Frank Irving - Editor
Voters want to hear solutions for reviving the state’s sluggish economy, but the leading candidates have been quick to connect that discussion to healthcare reform.
The HIE delay February 24, 2012 | Hannah King - Health Information Exchange
Priorities in health IT seem to be changing for hospitals and providers almost every day. This shift in goals and activities is hardly shocking -- a CIO or IT professional in the healthcare field has had to become quite skilled at juggling in the past couple of years. And it appears that those skills are going to prove to be even more necessary in the years ahead.
ONC Town Hall brings attendees' questions to the fore February 23, 2012 | Frank Irving - Editor
Following confirmation that the proposed rules for meaningful use Stage 2 had been submitted to the Federal Register for publication, ONC personnel -- including National Coordinator Farzad Mostashari, MD -- fielded questions from HIMSS12 attendees Wednesday afternoon during the agency’s open-forum Town Hall session.
Can your medical practice learn from big brands? February 06, 2012 | Brandon Betancourt - Managing Partner, private pediatric practice
Don’t underestimate the power of a story. And don’t underestimate how powerful being consistent with your story can be.

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