eNews Pulse, November 2013

November 1, 2013


Free Messaging Platform Intro­duced to Improve Medication Adherence. Care4Today Mobile Health Manager 2.0, which also works on a website, sends out re­minders on scheduled medications to be taken and prompts a response from users that is recorded in an adherence report. Caregivers can link family members to their ac­count. Go to www.care4today.com.

Hospital Pricing Data Found at New Website, www.OpsCost.com. Consumers can enter their location and inpatient procedure and get a list of nearby hospitals with information on what the facilities billed Medicare and what Medicare actually paid. The data can provide valuable insights for individuals with private insurance or those without any insurance. In­formation comes from the federal government and user-reported bills and is culled from more than 3,300 hospitals.


Vast Majority of Patients Un­aware of Transition to Electronic Health Records, a Xerox survey of 2,009 adults finds. In this fourth annual survey, only 29 percent of those who have a doctor have been informed that their medical records will be converted to a digital format. This figure is just slightly higher than the 26 percent noted in last year’s survey. Currently only 19 percent of adults surveyed have access to their medical records online. Healthcare providers seeking to earn Meaningful Use Stage 2 incentives, which be­came available on October 1, have one year to make patient medical records available via an online portal. Importantly, they must have 5 per­cent of their patients actually access the data. That requirement is a big issue because the survey indicated that 83 percent of adults have concerns about EHRs, particularly from a security standpoint.

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