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Jan 05

Working with the CMIO & Tackling Readmissions

Two topics in this week’s podcast.  First, a quick discussion about the CIO / CMIO relationship.  The second and extremely urgent topic is the necessity for hospitals to gain control of their readmission rates or risk penalization in the form of reduced Medicare payments.

Chief Information Officers (CIOs) in hospitals are still learning how to work with their Chief Medical Information Officers (CMIOs).  The relationship in some organizations is wonderful, in others the relationship is tenuous, and at some the relationship is non-existent.  On this show, I talk a bit about the CIO / CMIO relationship, and the necessity of the CIO learning to work with, not against, their CMIO.  I also devote significant time discussing what is going to be a hot topic in 2012 and 2013, right up there with achieving Meaningful Use, the evolution of HIPAA 5010 compliance, and ICD-10 implementations – reducing hospital readmissions.

I am continually surprised how many CIOs are unaware of the penalties that will face hospitals with high Medicare readmission rates beginning in 2013.  Penalties in federal fiscal year (FFY) 2013 will begin at 1% of all IPPS payments to offending hospitals, climbing to 2% in 2014 and up to 3% in 2015.

CIOs need to work closely with their CMIOs to begin addressing these issues now, if work has not already begun.  With the clinical process redesign activities hospitals are undertaking as part of their Meaningful Use initiatives, right now is the perfect time to begin incorporating changes that can positively impact readmission rates.

I hope you enjoy this podcast.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me at spencer@itpodcast.org or log into this website and post your own comments.  I guarantee that I will personally respond to anyone who emails or posts comments.

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Spencer Hamons
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