Healthcare News January 28, 2012

  • Gingrich, Democrats criticize Romney links to Medicare fraud

    Romney’s campaign defended the candidate’s record while blasting Gingrich and his allies.

  • Texas will not receive healthcare waiver

    The Health and Human Services Department on Friday denied Texas’s request for an adjustment to new rules under the healthcare reform law that govern insurers’ spending.

    The law says policies sold to individuals must spend 80 percent of their premiums on medical costs, leaving the other 20 percent for administrative costs and profit. HHS denied Texas’s request to phase in that standard over three years.

    HHS has now denied nine states’ requests for adjustments, and approved six.

    The healthcare law allows HHS to adjust the spending rules — known as the medical loss ratio — in states where immediately implementing the 80 percent standard would drive insurers out of the market and leave consumers with fewer options.

    But HHS determined that almost all of the insurers in Texas’s individual market either already meet the 80 percent threshold or have said they don’t plan to leave the state once it’s imposed.

    Texas had asked HHS to apply a 74 percent medical loss ratio this year, followed by 77 percent next year. All plans in all states must be at 80 percent in 2014. Plans that fall short of the spending requirements will have to pay rebates to their customers.

  • HIMSS Announces 2011 Award and Scholarship Recipients

    Recognizing outstanding contributions to HIMSS and the healthcare industry, HIMSS named its 2011 award and scholarship recipients. The HIMSS Foundation and four HIMSS chapters provided nine scholarships to students enrolled in health IT and management systems degree programs.

    “The HIMSS award recipients are individuals and organizations who have succeeded in ensuring high quality and consistent delivery of healthcare with the use of information technology. Congratulations to all of the award and scholarship recipients for their achievement and willingness to share their expertise with HIMSS and throughout the industry,” said JoAnn Klinedinst, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, PMP, Vice President, Professional Development, HIMSS.

    Award winners are nominated in four award categories:  industry service, HIMSS service, publications and chapters. All award and scholarship recipients will be honored at the HIMSS Awards Banquet on Feb. 23, 2012, from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. During the2012 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased on the HIMSS12 website.

    The 2011 HIMSS award and scholarship recipients appear below with a description of each award and scholarship on the HIMSS website.

    2011 Award Recipients

    CHIME-HIMSS John E. Gall Jr. /CIO of the Year Award   
    Rick Schooler, MBA, FACHE, FCHIME

    ACCE-HIMSS Excellence in Clinical Engineering and Information Technology Synergies Award
    Paul Schluter, PhD

    Board of Directors Service Award
    Howard Burde, JD, FHIMSS
    David Finn, CISA, CISM, CRISC
    C. Martin Harris, MD, MBA, FHIMSS
    Carol Selvey, MHSA, CPHIMS, FHIMSS

    Book of the Year Award – The Health Information Exchange Formation Guide: The Authoritative Guide for Planning and Forming an HIE in Your State, Region, or Community
    Laura Kolkman, RN, MS, BSN, FHIMSS
    Bob Brown

    Chapter of the Year – Large:
    Southern California HIMSS Chapter

    Chapter of the Year – Small:
    North & Central Florida HIMSS Chapter

    Chapter Leader of the Year Award
    David Butler, BS, MBA, FHIMSS
    Jon Melling, FHIMSS, UKCHIP, Level 3

    Distinguished Fellows Service Award
    Mimi Hassett, RN, MSN, FHIMSS

    Founders Leadership Award
    Martha Dameron, RN, MSN, FHIMSS

    John A. Page Outstanding Service Award
    Barbara Demster, MS, RHIA

    Life Member Award
    Edward H. Burnet, LHIMSS
    William Delamar, LFHIMSS
    Fred Green, LFHIMSS
    Walt Menning, LFHIMSS
    Kathryn Smith, LFHIMSS
    Bill Vrooman, LHIMSS

    Nursing Informatics Leadership Award
    Carol Bickford, PhD, CPHIMS
    Kathleen Smith, RN, FHIMSS

    Physician IT Leadership Award
    Russell Leftwich, MD, FAAAAI, FCCP

    HIMSS Evelyn Award
    June St. John, CTP

    SHS-HIMSS Excellence in Healthcare Management Engineering/Process Improvement Award
    James Benneyan, PhD, FHIMSS
    Special Interest Group Leader of the Year
    Jodi Bloom, RN, MBA
    Tammy Grygar

    2011 Scholarship Recipients

    Healthcare Information Management Systems:
    Undergraduate Scholarship
    Roman Minyaylyuk
    University of Illinois at Chicago

    Master’s Scholarship
    Justin St-Maurice
    University of Victoria

    PhD Scholarship
    Aaron Baird, RN
    Arizona State University

    Richard P. Covert, PhD, FHIMSS Scholarship for Management Systems
    Laura Sims
    Georgia Institute of Technology

    South Florida Chapter Scholarship
    Mohammed Islam, MS
    Nova Southeastern University

    New England HIMSS Dvora Brodie Chapter Scholarship
    Vlad Anthohi
    Northeastern University

    New York State Chapter Scholarships (2 awarded)
    Rodney Harrington
    Columbia University


    Karthik Natajaran
    New York University

    Northern California Chapter Scholarship
    Katherine Kim, MBA, MPH
    Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, UC Davis

    About HIMSS

    HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 50 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 38,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 540 corporate members and more than 120 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at

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    1. UC San Diego Health System Honored with HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award
    2. HIMSS Analytics Honors Deaconess Health System with Stage 7 Award
    3. Four Finalists Announced for HIMSS Ambulatory Care Davies Award

  • Bipartisan group offers way forward on health IT

    Federal, state and private-sector officials should work more closely together if physicians — and their patients — are to make the switch to 21st-century electronic medical records, says a new report.

    The federal government has set aside more than $30 billion to help hospitals and doctors adopt health information technology and electronic medical records, but the effort has run into obstacles. 

    The Bipartisan Policy Center’s healthcare task force spent six months reviewing expert studies and talking to healthcare leaders to develop its recommendations, unveiled Friday by its co-leaders, former Sens. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and Bill Frist (R-Tenn.).

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