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Health IT Certification launched version 5.0 of the certified professional in electronic health records (CPEHR) and certified professional in health information technology (CPHIT) curricula incorporating changes adopted by HL7 in February. New certification exams will be posted online on April 16, 2007, also will be offered onsite for the first time at the April 23 - 25, 2007 Chicago program. The designation of CPEHR indicates the holder has mastered the common body of knowledge covering planning, implementation, and operation of EHR for knowledge management, quality improvement, patient safety, and care coordination.

The 4th Annual World Health Care Congress, co-sponsored by The Wall Street Journal, will run April 22-24, in Washington D.C., and is perhaps the most respected meeting of chief and senior executives from all sectors of health care. The 2007 conference will convene over 1,800 CEOs, senior executives and government officials from employers, hospitals, health systems, health plans, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and leading government agencies. Click to see the roster of more that 140 speakers by industry segment: Employers/Purchasers, Health Plan/Insurers, Government, Health System/Hospitals, Group Practices, Pharma/Medical Device/PBM, International, Media, and Research/Public Policy.

CDC recently posted a new disaster planning tool to the government’s pandemic flu web site. The tool was developed in collaboration with America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and modeled after similar plans for the workplace includes: creation of an active readiness task force at the AHIP board of directors level; educational programming for professionals in various disciplines within health insurance plans, including company executives; regular conference calls for the medical leadership of member health plans, including updates from CDC officials; and outreach to other stakeholders including regulators, among other things.

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Health Plan has implemented the eHealthsuite web portal from RAM Technologies.  eHealthsuite is a Internet application offering real-time access to information for health plan members. The eHealthsuite provides the many self-service capabilities such as:  account maintenance; check claim status; and view year-to-date health statement.

The state of telemedicine will be on display at the American Telemedicine Association’s annual conference being held May 13-5 in Nashville with more than 300 research presentations and posters on remote care among other activities. Peer-reviewed presentations on a rapidly-deployable “Trauma Pod” tele-operated by a remote surgeon to treat patients who may die of blood loss; remote robotic applications that cauterize internal and external wounds on the battlefield; a virtual training space (Play2Train) complete with a detailed town and disease simulations that provides emergency preparedness, and many others.

4.5 million Americans are covered by lower-premium, high-deductible health insurance plans offered in conjunction with health savings accounts (HSAs), a 43 percent increase since last year, according to a new census recently released by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). More than one-fourth of those purchasing HSA plans in the individual market were previously uninsured and almost half of those enrolled in such plans were over the age of 40. This is the first AHIP census that compiled information about the savings accounts that work in conjunction with HSA plans.  Eighty-eight percent of accounts in place in 2006 had average annual balances of $2,500 or less, while 4 percent had average annual balances over $5,000.  As of January 2007, 65 percent of accounts had been in place for less than one year.

Catalisse announced general availability of Revenuity, its service to help small to mid-sized subspecialty medical practice groups streamline the revenue cycle management process. Revenuity is a comprehensive outsourced medical billing solution designed to deliver substantial ROI by reducing revenue leakage through services ranging from electronic billing and patient bill generation to patient collections and medical transcriptions. Subspecialty practice groups such as oncology, cardiology, radiology and psychiatry, are faced with complicated billing and coding requirements that can make it difficult to oversee effective practice management. Catalisse claims to have mitigated this problem.

 

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