AHIMA, CHIME announce partnership; competition drives hospital heart-service add-ons;

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> The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the College of Healthcare Information Management (CHIME) announced a partnership yesterday. The groups will work together on information governance and standards. "AHIMA and CHIME both believe that the effective use of health information leads to better healthcare and outcomes for patients," said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon in an announcement

Health Insurance News

> Hospitals in the United States spent about $4 billion to add angioplasty services between 2004 and 2008, but evidence proved the services didn't do much to improve timely access to care, according to a study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Article

> Although community health centers expect to sign up millions of newly insured patients under healthcare reform, scant funding will leave them scrambling to keep the new patients, Reuters reports. Community health centers have been struggling for years to attend to uninsured and poor patients, but once the Affordable Care Act takes full effect on Jan. 1, 2014, the 1,200 federal-funded centers plan to help enroll as many as 10 million newly insured individuals within a year. Article

Mobile Healthcare News

> This week, the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a California nonprofit dedicated to empowering individuals to protect their privacy, issued a study on mobile health and fitness apps based on a technical risk assessment they performed to determine what data the apps collected, stored, and transmitted. After studying 43 popular apps (both free and paid) from a consumer and technical perspective, the group found "considerable privacy risks for users" and that the privacy policies for those apps that have policies do not describe those risks. Article

And Finally… Sharknado damage would be covered by insurance? My mind is at ease. Article


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