Healthcare News May 31, 2013

  • States say ObamaCare exchanges will be ready on time

    State setting up their own insurance exchanges say they’ll meet their Oct. 1 deadline, but are concerned they’ll have to make big changes later, the Government Accountability Office said Thursday.

    GAO surveyed officials in six states and Washington, D.C. about their progress setting up exchanges — the centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act.

    States said they would be ready by the Oct. 1 deadline, GAO said, but said the intense implementation timeframe had complicated their efforts.

  • GOP lawmakers link Sebelius calls to IPAB concerns

    Republican lawmakers are calling on Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to keep away from a divisive Medicare cost board because of her controversial fundraising calls to the healthcare industry.

    Sen. John Cornyn (Texas) and Rep. Phil Roe (Tenn.) sent Sebelius a letter Thursday urging her not to take the place of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) if Republicans succeed in blocking it.

    The lawmakers argued that Sebelius’s solicitations on behalf of Enroll America, a pro-ObamaCare non-profit, make her unfit to neutrally recommend Medicare provider cuts as an “IPAB of One.” 

  • Leading Healthcare Providers Adopt M*Modal Fluency for Imaging™ Radiology Workflow Technology

    Hospitals and Imaging Centers to Benefit From Real-Time Alerts and Speech-Enabled, Multimedia Report Creation for Improved Clinical Documentation at the Point of Interpretation

    FRANKLIN, TN–(Marketwired – Apr 25, 2013) – M*Modal, a leading provider of clinical documentation services and Speech Understanding™ solutions, today announced signing seven leading hospitals, radiology centers and practices across 10 states as new customers for its M*Modal Fluency for Imaging™ product, expanding further the adoption of the company’s advanced technology platform. M*Modal’s solution combines Speech Understanding technology, structured multimedia reporting and workflow management for fast and accurate diagnostic interpretations.

    Recent customers for M*Modal Fluency for Imaging include (in alphabetical order):

    • ·         Children’s Hospital and Research Center, Oakland (Calif.)
    • ·         Coastal Radiology (N.C.)
    • ·         Compass Imaging (Miss.)
    • ·         Coosa Valley Medical Center (Ala.)
    • ·         Maricopa County (Ariz.)
    • ·         Princeton Community Hospital (W.Va.)
    • ·         Wahiawa General (Hawaii)

    M*Modal Fluency for Imaging is a highly integrated workflow and documentation platform allowing physicians to create accurate, complete and compliant multimedia clinical reports. This solution leverages cloud-based Speech Understanding to convert physician dictation to electronic and encoded documents that are searchable and shareable. In addition, the technology offers significant time savings by auto-populating clinical content from electronic health record and RIS/PAC systems — as well as delivering quality alerts — at the time of report creation.

    “M*Modal Fluency for Imaging uses evidence-based decision support and real-time quality alerts to help these new customers to make more efficient and informed interpretations for referring physicians,” said Mike Raymer, M*Modal’s senior vice president of Solutions Management. “With M*Modal’s reporting tool, radiologists can generate information-driven workflows and interactive documentation at the point of interpretation, which can significantly improve productivity and accuracy.”

    Radiologists benefit from Natural Language Understanding technology that identifies clinical terms and concepts, patients and populations in documentation. They can also leverage PQRS compliance indicators and critical findings workflow to ensure attending physicians get the right information.

    In addition to creating clinical reports and managing workflow, radiologists can further extend M*Modal Fluency for Imaging’s capabilities with M*Modal Catalyst for Radiology™, which aggregates data across multiple clinical systems, creates problem lists and translates information into actionable insights

    For more information on M*Modal please visit or follow on Twitter @MModal.

    About M*Modal
    M*Modal is a leading healthcare technology provider of advanced clinical documentation solutions, enabling hospitals and physicians to enrich the content of patient electronic health records (EHR) for improved healthcare and comprehensive billing integrity. As the largest clinical transcription service provider in the U.S., with a global network of medical editors, M*Modal also provides advanced cloud-based Speech Understanding™ technology and data analytics that enable physicians and clinicians to include the context of their patient narratives into electronic health records in a single step, further enhancing their productivity and the cost-saving efficiency and quality of patient care at the point of care. M*Modal has been recognized as one of the fastest growing technology companies in North America, placing in the top third of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 for 2012. For more information, please visit www.mmodal.comTwitterFacebook and YouTube.


  • SCL Health System Selects Health Language to Streamline ICD-10 Conversion
    DENVER, CO (May 7, 2013) — Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that SCL Health System (SCLHS) has selected its Health Language® software as part of SCLHS’s strategic roadmap to ICD-10 implementation. The Leap I-10 solution will be leveraged to help the 2,250-bed health system mitigate financial risk, improve clinical documentation and streamline conversion to meet the Oct. 1, 2014 deadline of the new clinical coding system.
    Leap I-10 provides a foundation of analytics to help hospitals evaluate the potential impact of the ICD-10 conversion process across departments, applications, processes and workflows. The solution mines historical claims data to identify DRGs and ICD-9 codes that may pose a risk, as well as helps hospitals pinpoint clinical documentation improvement needs for compliance. Advanced tools enable healthcare organizations to create customized code mappings from ICD-9 to ICD-10 to minimize the potential for revenue loss.
    “The healthcare industry’s critical transition to the modern ICD-10 coding system is a massive undertaking that is expected to impact nearly every aspect of hospital operations,” said Brian McDonald, Executive Vice President, Health Language, Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions. “We are pleased SLC Health System has chosen Health Language to provide the tools it needs to navigate this complex process.”
    About SCL Health System
    SCL Health System (SCLHS), based in Denver, is a faith-based, nonprofit health care organization operating nine hospitals, four safety net clinics, one children’s mental health treatment center and more than 100 ambulatory service centers in four states – California, Colorado, Kansas and Montana. Our $2.7 billion health network is dedicated to improving the health of the communities and individuals we serve, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. On an annual basis, SCLHS provides more than! $220 million in community benefit, including services for the poor, health screenings, educational programs, community donations and research. SCLHS was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, who opened their first hospital in 1864. To learn more, visit
    About Health Language
    Health Language® provides leading healthcare terminology management solutions and professional services that normalize all data within a healthcare organization into standardized code sets such as ICD-10, SNOMED CT® and LOINC®. By establishing a data infrastructure in which disparate information is fully integrated, the advanced Language Engine (LE) and supporting tools enable healthcare providers and payers worldwide to simplify the management and analysis of critical patient, financial and operational information. This, backed by a team of HIM experts that support the integration process, helps hospitals, health system! s and other healthcare organizations to overcome industry challenges such as Meaningful Use, ICD-10 and health information exchange.
    Health Language is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company with 2012 annual revenues of €3.6 billion ($4.6 billion).

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