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Lankenau Medical Center pursues Level II trauma center accreditation

Following approval from the Main Line Health Board of Governors, Lankenau Medical Center (LMC), part of Main Line Health (MLH) in Bryn Mawr, PA, has submitted a letter of intent to pursue Level II Trauma Center accreditation with the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF).

Following an assessment of community needs and discussions with key stakeholders and community leaders, LMC has identified a critical need to bring the specialized services associated with a Level II Trauma into the community.

HIMSS Analytics:Study shows uptick in familiarity with telemedicine

The HIMSS Analytics 2014 U.S. Telemedicine Study shows:

  • an uptick in adoption and increase in familiarity with telemedicine products and services (YOY)
  • 70% of respondents reported two-way video/webcam usage, making it the most utilized telemedicine product/solution
  • Detailed insight into respondents’ telemedicine/telehealth services five year outlook

Prime Healthcare Buys Mercy Suburban Hospital

Mercy Health System (MHS) of East Norriton, PA, entered into an agreement to be acquired by Prime Healthcare Services, a health system based in Ontario, Calif.

CHIME Responds to ONC, CMS Proposed Meaningful Use Stage 2

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) welcomes today’s announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC),on a proposed rule that would give healthcare organizations and professionals a greater chance to continue participation in the Meaningful Use program in 2014.
While the proposed changes are complex, CHIME believes the adjustments will ensure broad program participation and will enable providers to continue their Meaningful Use journey.

“If the government acts quickly to finalize the proposed rule, it will provide the flexibility needed for our members and their organizations to adequately optimize newly deployed technology and ensure success of the program,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO..
According to the proposed rule, Eligible Professionals, Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals will be allowed to use 2011 Edition Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT), 2014 Edition CEHRT or a combination of the two Editions to meet Meaningful Use requirements in 2014. Because providers are at various Stages and are scheduled to meet different Stage requirements in 2014, CMS and ONC also have proposed giving providers the option of meeting Stage 1 requirements or Stage 2 requirements.

However, CHIME is concerned that the timing of these changes may not afford hospitals a chance to take advantage of the proposed flexibility. Given the late date of this announcement, it is imperative that CMS and ONC take tangible steps as quickly as possible to finalize this rule to ensure the maximum positive impact for EHs and CAHs, which are nearing their final reporting period, beginning July 1.

CHIME will continue to evaluate the proposed rule to ensure full understanding of all its provisions, and if necessary, seek additional clarifications.

New York Hospital Getting Telemedicine Program

Clifton-Fine Hospital in Star Lake, N.Y., is getting a new telemedicine program. The Watertown Daily Times reports that Clifton-Fine Hospital is putting out the word that its services will expand with telemedicine.

As part of funding through the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization, Clifton-Fine will be able to provide some advanced medical services in-house.

“I’m very excited about it, “ hospital Administrator Robert L. Seamon said. “Transportation is an issue for a lot of our patients.”

Specialized video equipment will allow the hospital’s primary care clinic to have the patient at Clifton-Fine while a specialist examines him or her from a hospital in Syracuse or Watertown, for example. A nurse stays with the patient and assists with the examination. The equipment is sensitive enough that a doctor on the other end can hear what is happening through a stethoscope or view a digital image of a rash.

Delaware Hospital Rolls out New EHR

It wasn’t long before Lewes, Delaware’s Beebe Healthcare’s new electronic health records system started showing its value, the Cape Gazette reported.

“I admitted a patient a few days ago for a stroke,” said Jeff Hawtof, MD, a general practitioner and vice president of Beebe’s medical operations and informatics, told the newspaper. “Our new system reaches out to a national pharmacy database. I know that one particular medication can potentially cause strokes at a higher dose.”

Read more here.

Connecticut Hospital Association Issues Dire Report on CT Hospitals

ctThe state’s 30 acute care hospitals have lost 1,400 jobs in the last year and their operating income was down by $175 million in 2013 compared with the year before, the Connecticut Hospital Association said.

The Hartford Courant said the dire report, ahead of official filings, is aimed at lawmakers and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as the association works to repeal a tax that it says is hurting the public by forcing cutbacks in services.

“Hospitals have done extraordinary things to minimize the impact of the tax on hospital patients. But it is very challenging,” the Wallingford-based association said in a written release, which also said the hospitals have “reduced staff salaries and benefits.”