Linking you to industry trends, tips, and news
Among the items we are highlighting this week are Medical Economics’ ICD-10 Diary project and survey findings that focus on TSA Pre-Check membership.
- A data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), published on the HealthIT.gov dashboard, states 57 percent of physicians surveyed electronically shared health data with patients in 2014, but only four in 10 doctors electronically shared patient health information with other providers the same year.
- Medical Economics is documenting several physicians’ first-month experience with the transition to ICD-10 coding through its ICD-10 Diary project. In an October 5 post, the publication shared feedback from seven providers, including Thomas A. Marsland, MD. “Well here we are, 48 hours into ICD-10,” said the Orange Park, Florida-based oncologist. “The sky hasn’t fallen and the Earth hasn’t opened up. So far, there has been little impact or effect on ‘my’ day-to-day activities.”
- If you take a locum tenens opportunity in Northern California between September 1 and December 1, 2016, you—and a minimum of three family members, friends, or colleagues—could experience the ultimate in luxury Wine Country tours, according to Robb Report. Flowers Vineyards & Winery’s Harvest Helicopter Butler, a five-hour adventure, begins at Sausalito Heliport and culminates at the invitation-only winery, where guests can enjoy a guided tour and a locally sourced, seasonal menu paired with limited-edition wines from the Flowers Camp Meeting Ridge and Sea View Ridge vineyards.
- The possible merger of Aetna and Humana—as well as the potential consolidation of Anthem and Cigna—has reignited the melee between insurers, physicians, healthcare facilities, and pharmaceutical companies, says author David M. Cutler, PhD, in an article published by The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
- Do you have TSA Pre-Check? According to survey findings provided by GO Airport Express and GO Airport Shuttle, 70 percent of frequent flyers (i.e., those who fly at least five times a year) have purchased it. In comparison, 12 percent of people who are travelers in general have signed up for the expedited security screening program. As stated in a PR Newswire press release, the fee—which starts at $85 and is valid for five years—may be cost prohibitive for the masses.
Have a nice weekend!