WEDI to host emergency ICD-10 summit; DirectTrust renews agreement with ONC;

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> The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange will host an emergency ICD-10 summit, it announced this morning. The interactive summit, according to WEDI, is designed to "give members of the healthcare community the opportunity to share their unique perspective and discover the best way to continue to stay on track with ICD-10 implementation plans," the announcement stated. Announcement

> DirectTrust Cooperative, a non-profit trade alliance, has renewed its agreement with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, it announced this week. "The renewal came after DirectTrust not only met, but exceeded the goals of the ONC's Exemplar HIE Governance Program," the announcement stated. Announcement

Provider News

> Physicians with a hospital background and natural leadership abilities are a perfect fit for the C-suite executive roundtable, according to an article published in The Hospitalist. Article

> There's not enough evidence to determine whether animal and human interaction within hospitals actually benefits either party, according to a study published in Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People & Animals. Researchers from the University of Adelaide reviewed nine existing research studies on animal-assisted interventions (AAIs) in children's hospitals, but found that the methodology challenges within the studies made it difficult for previous researchers to draw a conclusive argument about AAI for hospitalized children. Article

Health Insurance News

> Almost 4 million people with severe mental illness will remain uninsured because 24 states have refused to expand Medicaid, according to a report from the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA). Conversely, the states that are expanding Medicaid have helped about 3 million people with serious mental illness, psychological distress or a substance abuse disorder to obtain insurance. Article

And Finally... Let's not kid ourselves, we all feel like this toddler does in the car wash. Article

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