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Other News

Tennessee Legislature Awards E-Prescribing Grants
The Jackson Sun reports on how the state’s Office of e-Health Initiatives is helping local physicians adopt e-prescribing technology.

Errors in Electronic Records Raise Doubts
The Boston Globe examines the repercussions of inaccurate personal health record data.

University of Cincinnati

Editor’s E-Note

In an age when reality shows populate our television screens like ants on table scraps, isn’t it fitting that the future of HIT be played out in a war game between four esteemed business schools? As you’ll read in this month’s E-News Exclusive, the contest’s results are both fascinating and informative.

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— Lee DeOrio, editor

E-News Exclusive

Business Game Forecasts Increase in HIT Mergers

Four top business schools recently predicted in a public war game that most prominent companies in the HIT and healthcare delivery industries, including Microsoft, McKesson, Kaiser Permanente, and Allscripts, will quickly move to create alliances—and, in certain cases, merge with their rivals—to take advantage of the government push to adopt electronic medical records (EMRs).


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Telling the Full Story
To collect all the necessary data for quality patient care, the Health Story Project has set out to develop and promote information standards that support the flow of information between narrative documents and electronic health records. Read more

Healthcare All Atwitter Over Social Networking
YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter offer a golden opportunity for hospitals to enhance their online presence and increase consumer awareness. Read more

The NHIN: A Country Connected
The Nationwide Health Information Network is in the process of demonstrating how technology and cooperation can lead to a more robust healthcare system. Read more

Ask the Expert

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This month’s selection:
If a clinician only reapplies a small patch of the Unna boot, should that be a LOS instead of a whole Unna boot application code?
Jean Anne Jones, CPC, PCS
Senior coding education specialist
Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates

The CPT-4 code for an Unna boot procedure is 29580. Repairing an Unna boot does not meet the CPT-4 definition of 29580, and there is no separate CPT-4 code for repair of an Unna boot.


Industry Insight

Study Says Stimulus Bill Will Boost E-Prescribing

Financial incentives for physicians to adopt HIT included in the recent economic stimulus bill will increase the number of prescribers using e-prescribing to more than 75% over the next five years—nearly double the rate of use anticipated after the passage of last year’s e-prescribing legislation—according to a new study from Visante. 

The study also found that e-prescribing will help prevent 3.5 million harmful medication errors and save the federal government $22 billion in drug and medical costs over the next 10 years, which more than offsets the projected $19 billion in federal outlays to modernize the nation’s HIT infrastructure under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.


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