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Slide Presentation of the 2007 Annual Meeting of AHRQ

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Major Themes

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  • Wide geographic variations in business practices—many parts of rural Kansas have few physicians and hospitals, limited health resources, while some cities have considerable duplication
  • Few physicians' offices are "wired", there are no RHIOs, little electronicization outside urban areas
  • HIPAA has been fully integrated into all stakeholder practices—yet some consider it a barrier, some neutral, and some an aid
  • Some physician offices and hospitals have extensive policy manuals, others rely on common practices

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