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Morning Read: Mobility device allows paralyzed people to sit, bend down

A company from Turkey has created a new device for paraplegics to get around. The Tek Robotic Mobilization Device lifts the person from a wheelchair and holds him upright, much like a Segway. Best practices for running a medical home include getting provider buy-in in writing, offering e-visits, and creating a flow station, according to […]

A company from Turkey has created a new device for paraplegics to get around. The Tek Robotic Mobilization Device lifts the person from a wheelchair and holds him upright, much like a Segway.

Best practices for running a medical home include getting provider buy-in in writing, offering e-visits, and creating a flow station, according to healthcare consultant Laura Etchen of The Chartis Group. Etchen discussed these and three other tactics for success at the American College of Healthcare Executives’ annual congress in Chicago this week.

A study done in January and February by the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange shows that many healthcare organizations were not ready to make the transition to the ICD-10 codes. The group polled providers, health insurance plans and vendors of information technology systems. WEDI said that only about one in five of the 2,597 providers responding said they expected to have the impact assessment completed by the first quarter of this year, but nearly half responded that they did not know when the assessments would be finished. (Free subscription required)

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Integrated Healthcare Strategies reports that salaries for hospital employees will increase from 2.5% – 2.8% in 2012. The Spring 2012 Salary Increase, Incentive and Benefit Updates Survey surveyed hospitals and health systems. About 38 percent of the respondents will use some type of physician alignment criteria in their incentive plans.

OVP Venture Partners’ investment in Complete Genomics did not have the return on investment that the company had hoped. Last week OVP sold 1.03 million shares of Complete Genomics stock for between $2.80 and $3.28 a share in several large transactions. OVP has sold off much of its stake in Complete Genomics at bargain prices more than 80 percent below their all-time high of $18.55 a share last June.

[Photo from Tek Robotic Mobility Device]