Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Health Train Digest for 05/14/2014 Vol 1 #1

In a detailed letter sent to both CMS Administrator Marilyn B. Tavenner and National Coordinator Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, the American Medical Association has put forth a long list of ideas to make meaningful use work better for physicians

Despite many physicians and hospitals now meaningfully using electronic health records, there's still a huge gap when it comes to these providers actually exchanging patient data. That reality has some regional extension centers taking up the work of health information exchange. The funding, however, is often hard to come by.
The face of telehealth is changing in ways that are becoming unrecognizable from just a few short years ago. No longer is it just a rudimentary communication between healthcare providers and patients. It is now a substantive encounter that reflects the intimacy and personal nature of a face-to-face visit, providers of new-generation technology say.

Melissa Young, MD
While the affect of the reform law isn't big for me, I'm seeing patients more aware — and not necessarily happy — about the cost associated with their care.  In the process of analyzing choices for Obamacare on Health Benefit Exchanges, many uninsured and some  already insured learned about deductibles, copays, provider networks and plan benefits

Martin Merritt
In medical practice, a cottage industry has developed, which is dedicated solely to legal "fault finding" without regard to equity.


The CMS canceled its first round of end-to-end testing for ICD-10 in the wake of a one-year reset of the compliance deadline, but that's not what industry experts and advocates want to hear. (MODERN HEALTHCARE)

Henry Ford Health System is being reviewed for a credit rating downgrade because of a drop in its financial performance and a pending merger that's heating up competition in the Detroit market.(MODERN HEALTHCARE)
For Michigan this is equivalent to having the Mayo Clinic losing it’s high credit rating. In 1968, while I was an intern HFH was the shining star of Detroit Michigan and the surrounding area, perhaps equal to or even exceeding the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, just 30 minutes away.  GM, Chrysler and Ford Executives and employees saw HFH as the destination of choice for advanced care, including heart surgery, kidney transplants, and also offered a wide range of research scientists in house.  This headline emphasizes how sick our health system has become.  HFH was modelled after the Mayo Clinic and was originally staffed by many from Harvard, John Hopkins University and other institutions known for training outstanding clinicians as well as researchers.

Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba Group has demonstrated serious interest in the healthcare information technology space, becoming the largest shareholder in a Hong Kong-based company that's building a big data platform.

Despite HHS Secretary nominee Sylvia M. Burwell getting asked some hard-line questions from several Republican lawmakers at a Senate committee hearing May 8, she did appear to receive an overwhelming bipartisan support

ObamaCare's Cascade Of Taxes Pounds U.S. Taxpayers

Grace-Marie Turner and Tyler Hartsfield

Investor's Business Daily, May 5, 2014


Sebelius out, Burwell in. The names may change, the problems remain the same. Administrators do not make policy...Congress and the President do that.
Despite HHS Secretary nominee Sylvia M. Burwell getting asked some hard-line questions from several Republican lawmakers at a Senate committee hearing May 8, she did appear to receive an overwhelming bipartisan support

The Health Train Express Digest is a condensed high density news source for health reform and health information technology.  Together they form a symbiotic relationship to transform health care.




           








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