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Big Health IT News Flowing – ICD-10 Delayed, Meaningful Use Stage 2 Imminent, and More

Posted on February 17, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

If you live and love the EMR, EHR and Healthcare IT world like I do, then you’re enjoying all the big news that’s coming out right now. A part of me thinks that the big news is coming out because HIMSS is so close, but some of the news seems like it might not necessarily be timed directly to HIMSS. (To see company news coming out at HIMSS, check out our EMR, EHR and Healthcare IT News site.)

For those not keeping track, here’s a quick run down of some of the major news pieces I’ve seen that really point to larger trends in healthcare IT:

Meaningful Use Stage 2
We know that meaningful use stage 2 is imminent. It’s just a question of when we’re going to hear it. In fact, it might be announced as I’m writing this post. Neil Versel first queued us into the Meaningful Use Stage 2 Announcement prior to HIMSS, but the Twittersphere is also full of rumors about the announcement. Brian Ahier commented on my Facebook message about it:

Nothing is official until it’s released, but since Monday is a holiday it is very unlikely they will wait until next week. My understanding is that the review at the OMB is complete and the proposed rule is ready to be published…

For those who want a sneak preview on what to expect in meaningful use stage 2, check out Jennifer Dennard’s meaningful use stage 2 post.

ICD-10 Delayed
Many have wondered if ICD-10 would be delayed with most arguing that 5010, meaningful use and ICD-10 was a lot to change all at once. Two days ago I got an email from someone saying they thought ICD-10 wouldn’t be delayed. I replied that I wasn’t sure either way, but it seemed like there was movement that could make a delay quite possible. Although, I must admit that I didn’t even think the ICD-10 delay announcement would happen so quickly.

Regardless of prognostication, ICD-10 is going to be delayed. You can read my thoughts on the ICD-10 Delay on EMR Thoughts.

HIMSS Acquires mHealth Summit
Maybe this feels like bigger news since it’s so close to HIMSS and I can see how powerful this conference has become. You can read the press release on the acquisition here. This isn’t that surprising since HIMSS had partnered with the mHealth Summit last year. I think this spells really good things for the growth of the mHealth Summit. I’m not sure I’d want to be another mHealth conference, but there’s a niche for the right event.

I still have a hard time distinguishing mHealth from healthcare IT in general. There could be some differentiation, but I still believe that over time the dividing line between the two is going to be hard to see. Richard Scarfo, HIMSS’ vice president of vendor events (previously mHealth Summit director) is right to be concerned that it will be HIMSS 2.0.

Navinet Acquired by Blues Plans and Lumeris
Read more about the acquisition here. I must admit that I’m still trying to process exactly what this means. Although, one thing I’m sure it means we’re moving the tectonic ACO plates that will be necessary to change how we pay for healthcare.

Vince Kuraitis and Leonard Kish provide some interesting insight in this Google+ thread asking whether this is a shift from institution (enterprise) centered IT to patient centric IT or if it’s becoming payer centric IT. They also mention United’s restructuring of payments and Aetna’s acquisition spree as indicators of the shifting plates of healthcare reimbursement.

Aneesh Chopra as Senior Advisor to the Advisory Board Company
This isn’t as big of news, but it just came out so I thought I’d throw it in. For those that don’t know Aneesh Chopra is now former CTO of the US. Everyone just wondered what he’d do next. Brian Ahier posted that Aneesh Chopra landed at The Advisory Board Company where he worked previously for about 10 years. Looks like Aneesh and his energy and enthusiasm will still be around healthcare. I think that’s a very good thing.

Digital Health Conference in New York City

Posted on November 1, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.


I know that many of my readers are from in and around New York. So, I’m really excited to let you know that I’ll be attending the Digital Health Conference in New York City on December 1-2, 2011. It’s shaping up to be a great event with keynotes from Todd park, CTO of the US HHS, and T.R. Reid, Journalist and Author for The Washington Post and PBS. Plus, they have tracks covering: Innovations in the Inpatient Setting, Advances in the Delivery of Primary Care, Chronic Care Management, and Health & Wellness.

One of the smartest things they’ve done is they’re offering up to 9.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ That should bring a bunch of doctors to the event to get some more CME.

Plus, they’ve offered HealthcareScene.com readers a special discount: $200 off for non-providers and $50 off for providers. That’s only $195 and $145 respectively. I can’t remember the last healthcare IT conference I’ve seen that was that inexpensive. You’ll just need to use the discount code: HCS2011 to get those rates.

Of course, the real reason I go is to meet lots of interesting people. So, I hope that a lot of you make it to the event so I can meet more of you in person. I’m sure we’ll find one way or another to do a tweetup at the event. Plus, for those of you who can’t make it to the event, I’ll be tweeting about it on @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Here’s the full description of the Digital Health Conference Event:

New York eHealth Collaborative’s Digital Health Conference will bring together hundreds of health information technology (HIT) stakeholders and decision makers from across the region including providers of all types, the public sector, private industry, health plans, hospital administration, and others. The event will showcase the latest technologies, share best practices, inspire collaboration, and generally support the advancement of healthcare innovation.

Keynote Speakers

Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

T.R. Reid, Best-selling author and healthcare journalist, The Washington Post, PBS

Conference Highlights

• Learn from industry thought-leaders through a series of lectures, panels, demonstrations and otherbreakout sessions in each of the following tracks:

• Innovations in the Inpatient Setting

• Advances in the Delivery of Primary Care

• Chronic Care Management

• Health & Wellness

• Programming features an impressive array of health IT experts from a number of different backgrounds, including private sector innovators, government agencies, providers of all types, and hospital IT leadership

• Network with hundreds of healthcare stakeholders and decision-makers from across the region

• Earn up to 9.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™*

• Connect with private and public sector innovators showcasing the latest healthcare technologies and innovations

To view the full program and to register, visit www.digitalhealthconference.com

*This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) through the joint sponsorship of MSSNY and New York eHealth Collaborative. MSSNY is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical Society of the State of New York designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.