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Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:


ICD-10, the new diagnostic classification system that introduces approximately 58,000 additional diagnosis codes, officially went into effect this week for patient encounters starting on Oct. 1. After three government delays that pushed the implementation back four years, most health care organizations have had ample time to prepare. There have been no reported major problems in the first 24 hours of the new coding system. Source

• A new report by the Department of Health and Human Services found that nursing homes are over-treating patients for therapy services and receiving more in Medicare payments than it costs to provide the care. The study results showed that in recent years, nursing homes have been classifying more and more patients as needing the highest level of therapy and providing just the exact amount required to bill for higher payments. Medicaid typically pays nursing homes much less than their costs and Medicaid patients often constitute the majority of the nursing home patients. Source

• Two Washington D.C. hospitals are being sued by patients who say there were forced to pay excessive and illegal charges to obtain copies of their electronic medical records. Georgetown University Hospital and George Washington University Hospital allegedly charged patients hundreds to thousands of dollars to obtain electronic copies. One patient's final bill was nearly $2,500, including per-page charges, a “basic fee”, a handling fee, and an electronic delivery fee. The patients are seeking class-action status on behalf of all patients who obtained medical records for the hospitals. Source

On The Front Lines:


One week after Apple released its new iPhone 6s, it gained a whopping 0.19 percent of pMD's charge capture physician users, putting them back up over the 90 percent mark against Android in mobile device usage. Meanwhile, Tim Cook has been hitting the interview circuit to talk all things Apple.


FINAL RESULTS:


iOS: 90.13%
Android: 9.87%

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care alongside the front lines of the iOS-Android wars among pMD's physician charge capture users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.


Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:


• The FDA launched its first-ever Patient Engagement Advisory Committee, which will offer perspective to the FDA Commissioner on issues related to the regulation of technology and medical devices and their use by patients. The group will use patient input to help identify the most important benefits and risks of technology and better integrate those perspectives into its regulatory process. Source

• The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released an updated version of its federal HIT strategic plan, which will focus on ensuring that care is more "person-centered." The plan represents the government's goal for improving the health and wellness of individuals through the use of health IT over the next five years and is a shift from the prior plan where EHR adoption by providers was a heavy focus. Source

• Martin Shkreli, the man responsible for increasing the price of the drug Daraprim from $13.50 per tablet to $750 last week, said that he would finally agree to lower the cost of the 62-year-old drug. The overnight increase of the drug sparked outrage from the public and prompted direct calls from lawmakers and even Hillary Clinton to reduce the price. The incident has urged many to call for new measures to control the rising cost of medicines. Source

On The Front Lines:


Apple was the mobile device of choice this week, gaining 0.09 percent from Android among pMD's charge capture physician users. The iPhone 6s hits stores today and in typical release-day tradition, buyers crowded Apple stores to get a hold of the latest and greatest mobile device.


FINAL RESULTS:


iOS: 89.94%
Android: 10.06%

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care alongside the front lines of the iOS-Android wars among pMD's physician charge capture users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.


Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:


• The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology launched an online portal this week to allow EHR users to submit complaints about issues with usability, interoperability and patient safety related to technology. Health IT users can report problems specifically related to data-blocking or other issues with health information exchange, product usability, and other health IT performance issues, as well as product safety concerns. Source

• The battle over abortion issues intensified as the House voted to move forward with a bill that would end government financing for Planned Parenthood, and Senate Republicans announced that they would take up legislation outlawing all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The recent circumstances are threatening Congressional budget talks and could force a government shutdown at the end of the month. Source

• Health officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that this year's flu vaccine will be far more effective than last year's vaccine, which was only 13 percent effective in preventing the virus. The new vaccine for this season will target the same strain of the virus that mutated last year, the H3N2 strain, and will protect against three or four additional strains. Source

On The Front Lines:


After a strong previous week, Apple gave back 0.11 percent to Android in net devices this week among pMD's charge capture physician users. In Apple news, the launch of Apple's first Android app, "Move to iOS," was blemished by reports that the new data migration app is simply a rebranding of software already offered in the Google Play Store. Apple's second Android app is expected to be Apple Music.


FINAL RESULTS:


iOS: 89.85%
Android: 10.15%

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care alongside the front lines of the iOS-Android wars among pMD's physician charge capture users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.


Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:


• A federal ruling this week granted House Republicans the ability to sue the Obama administration for spending federal funds under the Affordable Care Act. The House argument was that suing the White House was the only way to control federal spending and prevent the administration from allocating $136 billion in insurance company cost-sharing assistance. The administration is expected to appeal the ruling and allow a higher court to consider the issue. Source

• New York insurer Excellus BlueCross BlueShield announced that the personal information of approximately 10.5 million members has been hacked in a previously undetected cyberattack that has been going on for almost a year and a half. The insurance organization first discovered the breach in August 2015 despite the hack initially taking place in December 2013. Stolen personal data includes member names, dates of birth, social security numbers, financial information, and addresses. This is the third largest HIPAA breach ever reported. Source

• Federal health officials declared that they have potentially lifesaving information from the results of a major study conducted on blood pressure research. The study found that patients who were assigned a systolic blood pressure goal below 120, which is far lower than the current guidelines of 140, had their risk of heart attacks, heart failure, and strokes reduced by a third and their risk of death reduced by a quarter. Officials ended the study over a year early based on their conclusive results and are calling for new, lower blood pressure guidelines. Source

On The Front Lines:


Apple had a superb week, gaining back 0.09 percent from Android in the mobile wars among pMD's physician users. Apple also unveiled the new iPhone 6s and iOS 9, which will have performance enhancements and new features like improved Siri responses, better search tools, and will allow iOS devices to learn user habits and act on that information. The iPhone 6s will also have a 3D touch, pressure-sensitive display that can detect varying levels of sensitivity to perform an array of functions. Pre-orders begin at 12:01am PDT on Sept. 12!


FINAL RESULTS:


iOS: 89.96%
Android: 10.04%

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care alongside the front lines of the iOS-Android wars among pMD's physician charge capture users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.


Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:


• An Indiana-based oncology group got hit with a $750,000 HIPAA violation fine this week for a breach reported back in 2012. Cancer Care of Indiana reported a breach of PHI to the Office of Civil Rights after an unencrypted laptop was stolen from the car of an employee. The Office for Civil Rights performed an investigation on the group and discovered that even before the breach Cancer Care was in "widespread non-compliance with the HIPAA Security Rule. Source

• Approximately half of U.S. states will not submit ICD-10 codes on workers’ comp claims on October 1. Twenty-one states currently have ICD-10 regulations, and four more states have regulations pending. The mandated transition to ICD-10 this October does not apply to state-level workers’ comp programs. Source

• Starting next week, providers in Texas will be able to receive reimbursement for conducting telemedicine visits with Medicaid-enrolled children while they're in school. The children's parent or guardian must give consent for the visit, and a health professional or school nurse must also be present with the patient during the session. The law will allow Dallas-based Children's Health to be able to sustain their growing school-based telemedicine program, which serves 57 schools in north Texas. Source

On The Front Lines:


Continuing its downward trend over the last two quarters, Apple lost 0.05 percent to Android in net mobile devices this past week. Apple’s upcoming press event, scheduled for September 9, is expected to include debuts for an iPad Pro and iPad Mini 4. The iPad Pro is said to be a MacBook-sized tablet geared toward enterprise use.


FINAL RESULTS:


iOS: 89.87%
Android: 10.13%

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care alongside the front lines of the iOS-Android wars among pMD's physician charge capture users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.


Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:


• Researchers at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston recently published a study on what happens when patients have access to their doctor’s notes. Five years of data showed that not only is the arrangement beneficial to patients, but also to doctors and to the accuracy and quality of the notes. Researchers at Beth Israel have found that patients with access to clinician notes were more engaged and saw better outcomes. Source

• Proposed CMS reporting requirements for doctors who treat sepsis, one of the top drivers of costs, readmissions and mortality for hospitals, are drawing criticism from providers. Under the new requirements set to take effect in October, providers must take several steps to treat severe sepsis and/or septic shock within the first three hours of care. Some providers argue that the definition of severe sepsis by CMS is arbitrary and could lead doctors to treat patients for sepsis when they may not actually have it. Source

• The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the "2015 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge," a national initiative to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 through clinical approaches such as using health information technology. The challenge is “designed to identify and honor clinicians and health care teams that have helped their patients control high blood pressure and prevent heart attacks and strokes.” Source

On The Front Lines:


This week Apple gained back 0.03 percent of the mobile device market share from Android among pMD's physician users. Apple has been making some optimizations with its software this week, announcing that they have moved to a hot new technology that will ensure Siri continues to be even faster and cheaper to run.


FINAL RESULTS:


iOS: 89.99%
Android: 10.01%

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care alongside the front lines of the iOS-Android wars among pMD's physician charge capture users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.
We ask our new health care provider users to let us know what kind of devices they’ll be using so we can send them download instructions that are specific to either Android or iOS operating systems. At pMD we know that there are lots of different kinds of Android phones out there, but a recent article opened my eyes to just how many different devices there are!


These many, many devices can be sorted by brand, too.


Health care providers sure have a lot of choices when it comes to the kind of phone they choose! Using the Android platform provides a lot of opportunity for customized devices: different screen sizes, features, buttons, bells and whistles. With so much variety it’s important for these providers to know that regardless of device or brand, the charge capture vendor and secure messaging vendor they select can operate on the device they have in their hand.


Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:


• CMS announced that it would further delay enforcement of the controversial "two-midnight" rule through the end of the year. Enforcement of the rule, which calls for Medicare audit contractors to assume a hospital admission is legitimate only if it spans two midnights, was set to go into effect in September. Hospitals and physicians have strongly opposed the two-midnight policy, arguing that it undermines their clinical judgment. Source

• Dexcom, known for its diabetes-management devices, has partnered with Google's Life Sciences division to develop a miniature product line of its existing glucose monitoring system. The partnership is expected to help minimize the size and cost of Dexcom's current monitoring system and create an affordable bandage-size sensor that would send real-time glucose updates to the cloud. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 29.1 million Americans have diabetes. Source

• States have begun to increase the number of residency positions at hospitals in order to have more practicing physicians within their borders and to help address doctor shortages. Sixty-eight percent of doctors who complete all of their training in one state end up practicing there, but not all states have enough residency positions for the medical students they've trained. The number of medical schools in the U.S. has grown to 175, but the number of residency programs has grown at a much slower rate. Source

On The Front Lines:


Apple took a slight loss to Android this week with a 0.01 percent dip in market share among pMD's charge capture physician users. Meanwhile, Apple's share price this month has dropped below $120 for the first time since February, right after the company's third quarter earnings report. It seems Android is starting to become more of a presence domestically, but with the next iPhone release this fall we could see another strong upward push from Apple.


FINAL RESULTS:


iOS: 89.96%
Android: 10.04%

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care alongside the front lines of the iOS-Android wars among pMD's physician charge capture users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.


Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:


• A recent Kaiser Health News analysis found that beginning in October, most US hospitals will face some sort of Medicare penalty for excessive 30-day readmissions between 2011 and 2014, losing a combined $420 million in the fourth year of the federal readmission reduction program. The analysis found that Medicare fined a hospital if it had a higher number of readmissions than the agency deemed appropriate based on the hospital's mix of patients and how the hospital industry performed overall. Source

• IBM finalized plans to acquire Merge Healthcare for $1 billion, in the hopes that the medical imaging software company can teach IBM’s cognitive computing unit Watson to read medical images. Currently, Watson can analyze mathematical data and can employ natural language processing to read large written data sets. But IBM researchers estimate that medical images account for at least 90 percent of all medical data today, and images aren’t currently something Watson can work with. Source

• Yelp announced that it is teaming up with ProPublica to provide patients with more robust rating information for health care organizations, including ER wait times, quality of doctor communications and patient room noise level, based on patient satisfaction surveys. Yelp plans to update the data each quarter for 4,600 hospitals, 15,000 nursing homes and 6,300 dialysis clinics in the US. Source

On The Front Lines:


Apple lost even more mobile device market share to Android this week among pMD's physician charge capture users with a net 0.05 percent drop. This puts Apple below the 90 percent threshold for the first time since we began reporting the iOS-Android wars over a year ago. While this stat may not exactly be music to Apple's ears, they did announce that 11 million people have signed up for the trial version of its music streaming system in the month since it was launched.


FINAL RESULTS:


iOS: 89.97%
Android: 10.03%

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care alongside the front lines of the iOS-Android wars among pMD's physician charge capture users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.


Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:


• The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has forecasted a sharp increase in health care spending over the next decade, a significant change from the relatively low growth rate in recent years. The results of CMS' study indicate that health care spending will grow by an average of 5.8 percent per year between 2014 and 2024 and will make up 20 percent of the US gross domestic product in 10 years. The driving factors behind the spending growth will be the expansion of insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, faster economic growth, and the aging population. Source

• A study revealed that small drones can be effective methods of transportation for common and routine blood-tests. The new findings could help patients in rural areas of the world that lack passable roads and efficient transportation. The drones are able to provide health care workers with quick access to lab tests needed for diagnosis and treatments. Source

• A report on a clinical trial testing an experimental Ebola vaccine in Guinea after the outbreak of the viral and deadly disease has shown promising initial results. The report indicates that the vaccine could be highly effective and safe in preventing the Ebola virus. While the vaccine is not intended to prevent any future outbreaks, it is most effective for patients who are treated within six days of being exposed to the Ebola virus. Source

On The Front Lines:


Apple continues its downward trend this week in the mobile device wars against Android, losing 0.10 percent among pMD's charge capture physician users. Apple still dominates the physician market share, but it is clear that Android is making a slow but steady increase. Will we see Apple dip under 90 percent next week, or can they hold on? Check back next week for the results!


FINAL RESULTS:


iOS: 90.02%
Android: 9.98%

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care alongside the front lines of the iOS-Android wars among pMD's physician charge capture users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.