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HHS scrutinizes observational care policy July 30, 2013 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
HHS scrutinizes Medicare observational care policy
Medicare patients' chances of being admitted to the hospital or kept for observation depend on which hospital they go to -- even when their symptoms are the same, noted Health & Human Services' Office of the Inspector General in a report released July 30.
West Nile virus takes early bite out of 2013 July 29, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
With peak contraction season set for August and September, several healthcare organizations are urging providers to inform their patients of proper prevention etiquette against the sickness with no clear-cut treatment regimen.
CMS halts new enrollments in 3 states July 29, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
CMS halts new provider and supplier enrollments in 3 states
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on July 26 announced temporary moratoria on the enrollment of new home health provider and ambulance supplier enrollments in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program in fraud "hot spot" areas of Florida, Illinois and Texas.
Practice Advisor tool offers MOC points July 29, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Practice Advisor tool offers modules for MOC points
The American College of Physicians' Medical Home Builder tool has been renamed ACP Practice Advisor to reflect a broader scope of use, the organization announced on July 26. It includes two modules that internists can use to achieve Self-Evaluation of Practice Performance points towards Maintenance of Certification.
Quality measures should be locally relevant, IOM says July 26, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
quality
Tasked with reviewing national public health quality efforts and the Healthy People 2020 strategy, the Institute of Medicine came to a conclusion shared by others: Partners in the health system use a complex array of measures of quality in a manner that seems uncoordinated.
Physicians placing patients over price July 25, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Physicians placing patients over price
Doctors have a price priority, but it never trumps patients' best interests, a Mayo Clinic-led survey of 25,000 U.S.-based physicians has found. According to the report, most physicians admit to feeling some degree of responsibility to address costs, but will side with patient need over expense.
5 nominated for medical manager award July 25, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Medical Manager of the Year
The Professional Association of Health Care Office Managers has announced the finalists for the 2013 award, which will be presented Oct. 23 at the organization's annual conference in Clearwater, Fla.
BOND study explores cost, science of sleep disorder July 24, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Regarding psychiatric comorbidity, narcolepsy patients were found to also suffer from depressive and anxiety disorders and to greater excess than those within the control group. Furthermore, psychiatric medication usage, office visits and costs related to mental illness were noted to be significantly higher in those with the condition.

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Hot tips for docs dealing with vacationers July 18, 2013 | Kevin Fuller - New Media Producer at MedTech Media
Hot tips for docs dealing with summer vacationers
Frederick Schaffer, MD, clinical associate professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, and his students, know firsthand that it is never easy working with patients vacationing from out of town. Schaffer, also chief medical officer of United Allergy Services, shared five tips for doctors dealing with summer vacationers.
Applying ICD-10 to Crohn's disease July 17, 2013 | Tom Ormondroyd - Vice President and General Manager, Precyse Learning Solutions, Bruce Scott, MD - Precyse ICD-10 Consultant, Christian Oliver - Associate Vice President, Catalog and Courseware, Healthstream
Applying ICD-10 to Crohn's disease
The following clinical scenario presents a case study in which ICD-9 code descriptions would be too generic. Learn why ICD-10 has better descriptions for this case.
IT promotes cost understanding July 10, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
5 ways IT promotes patient cost understanding
Most healthcare stakeholders and observers can agree that the way healthcare costs are determined and communicated is, to put it mildly, a bit nonsensical. One of the biggest problems is that patients - the actual consumers of healthcare services - usually know nothing about the cost of what they're buying.
Adding an EHR system July 08, 2013 | David Doyle - CEO of CRT Medical Systems
Adding an EHR system
Are you ready to start shopping for your first electronic health record system? If you haven't yet purchased one and you're not determined to keep a paper-based record system in your office, then the time to move forward is now. Here are some tips to get you started.
Protecting against heat-related illness July 02, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
From vacations, beach days, and flowers in full bloom to tourists in full water-gear, popsicles and theme parks, summer is a season known for its sizzle. But alongside their many glories, the hotter months are also known to bring the heat in ways that can jeopardize patient health to the extreme.
Flag these dates for 3Q through year's end July 01, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Flag these dates for 3Q through year's end
Here's a summary of key ICD-10, meaningful use, PQRS and Sunshine Act dates to track during the second half of 2013.
How virtual weight-loss programs can help June 25, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
How virtual weight-loss programs can help
Given their efficiency and effectiveness with large populations of patients, virtual weight-loss programs aren't just the next best thing to being there -- they're actually just as good, according to the physician founder of a software company that helps diabetic patients who are struggling with weight problems.
Do you test seniors for HIV? June 20, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Do you test seniors for HIV?
Risk of HIV infection does not diminish with age, according to the Department of Health & Human Services. In fact, in 2011, there were over 2,000 newly reported cases of HIV among individuals aged 60 and over. Medicare beneficiaries are covered for preventive services such as screening for HIV and sexually transmitted infections.

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Unlike many physician practices that have qualified for financial incentives, the physicians of Youngsville Medical Clinic were recent adopters of the EHR technology. Deborah Vidos, LPN, Office Manager, described the practice’s reasons for selecting and implementing their EHR system in April 2010. In July 2011, the practice received the full incentive payment, adding financial returns to the many clinical benefits already realized by the EHR. Read this story to find out how they also realized more accurate and complete clinical documentation and facilitation of continuous improvement activities.
Are you looking to gain a better understanding of the meaningful use requirements? Do you want to avoid federal penalties and qualify for incentive payments instead? This white paper will teach you all about meaningful use, when the incentives kick in, and how much money you could potentially receive. Download now and find out how you can earn between $44,000 and $63,750!
If we are at or approaching a technological tipping point in the history of healthcare, then it has never been more important for physician practices to select the right electronic health record (EHR) – and there are tangible reasons to believe so. This whitepaper comments on recent customer surveys, and discusses foundational criteria for selecting the right EHR solution, determining your “game plan” and the process for assessment and selection. Justin Barnes is chairman emeritus of the national Electronic Health Record Association (EHR Association), and is vice president of marketing, industry affairs and government affairs for Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc.
Accessing Medical Records on Mobile Devices March 19, 2012 | Resource Central
The emergence of a new class of Android (TM) mobile devices creates an opportunity for doctors and medical professionals to access patient data wherever they are. Read this white paper to learn how to access patient data and view medical images on Android devices.
The Meaningful Use objectives in the HITECH Act are creating new urgency for hospitals and other healthcare provider organizations to implement EHR and CPOE systems. This white paper outlines three key steps that your organization can take to accelerate EHR and CPOE adoption. Read on to discover out how the combination of desktop virtualization and single sign-on make it faster and easier to deploy new clinical applications while optimizing the clinician experience, protecting patient data, and reducing cost and complexity.
Despite being identified as an essential tool to support quality care initiatives, improve patient safety and reduce healthcare costs, EMR and EHR systems have been stuck in a slow growth cycle. However, pressure is quickly mounting on caregivers to adopt and demonstrate meaningful use of EMR/EHR technology. Healthcare Informatics Research recently interviewed nearly 500 healthcare organizations to shed light on the current state of EMR/EHR adoption. Download this report to discover how organizations are overcoming obstacles to adoption, how they're benefitting from EMR/EHR solutions, and where the industry is going next.

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5 reasons why physicians should be using social media July 10, 2013 | David Lee Scher, MD
David Lee Scher
Social media is neither stressful nor imperative. It creates virtual friendships, respect and collaboration.
FDA proposal to revise labeling regulations will improve drug safety July 08, 2013 | Sidney Wolfe, MD - Founder and Senior Adviser, Public Citizen's Health Research Group
Sidney Wolfe
Under current FDA regulations, generic manufacturers cannot update their products' labeling, even if they become aware of a potential risk not stated in the labeling.
5 benefits of online patient communities June 28, 2013 | David Lee Scher, MD
David Lee Scher
Physicians should not be concerned about accepting or participating in properly conducted OPCs.
Recovery June 24, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Rob Lamberts
Things are tough, but they are a lot better since I left my destructive relationship with Medicare, Medicaid and insurance companies.
The doctor is out June 21, 2013 | Zachary Landman, MD - Chief Medical Officer, Doctorbase
Zachary Landman
A patient portal needs to be accessible, responsive and reliable when the patient is reaching his threshold.
When will the data tsunami turn into a windfall for patients? June 17, 2013 | Dave Lareau - CEO of Medicomp Systems
Dave Lareau
While we toss our patient-level data into a huge pool, we have to be able to retrieve it on a patient level and deliver it to the clinician as structured versus unstructured data that can be easily accessed and used as well.
How the High Court saved genetic innovation June 13, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Wild helices just can’t be patented, but leave it to some corporate wranglers to give it the old cowboy try anyway.
Not all clouds are created equal June 11, 2013 | Kurt Hagerman - Director of Information Security at FireHost
Kurt Hagerman
With a cloud stack designed to meet the specific needs of the healthcare industry, you can optimize your EMR/EHR system, improve medical billing, enhance patient outcomes, satisfy compliance regulations and more.

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Building on its established record for clinical quality, MinuteClinic, the walk-in medical clinics inside CVS/pharmacy, has become the first retail clinic provider to achieve three consecutive accreditation awards from The Joint Commission. MinuteClinic has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™ a third time by demonstrating compliance with the commission's national standards for health care quality and safety.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has designated a record number of Michigan physician practices across the state as patient-centered medical homes, a 28 percent increase over the number of PCMH practices designated in 2011. The 994 practices, comprising 3,017 physicians, make this the country's largest PCMH effort of its kind for the fourth consecutive year.
Providence Health Care (PHC) and Group Health Cooperative have signed an agreement to form a new jointly owned company that will create the region's most comprehensive physician organization. The new organization will work with other health insurance companies and health care purchasers to manage care for patients across the region with more coordinated, seamless and affordable care.
The Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) released an independently conducted analysis showing that the savings to consumers and the U.S. health care system from the use of generic prescription drugs has risen to a current rate of $1 billion every other day — totaling $193 billion in 2011 and more than $1 trillion over the last 10 years(2002-2011).
Surescripts has announced that Minnesota achieved the highest rate of e-prescribing use in the nation during 2011 to capture the number 1 ranking in its 7th annual Safe-Rx Awards. The rankings are determined by an analysis of data* that measures electronic prescribing use by physicians, pharmacies and payers in each state. Adoption and use statistics for all states and an online discussion of the Safe-Rx rankings are available at www.surescripts.com/saferx.
Orion Health, the leader in health information exchange (HIE) and healthcare integration solutions, and the North Carolina Health Information Exchange (NC HIE), today announced that NC HIE has expanded the reach and capabilities of the statewide HIE with the implementation of Orion Health Direct Secure Messaging, a secure communications network that will provide healthcare organizations throughout the state with an additional means of safely sharing health data between physicians and facilities. The success marks the latest milestone for NC HIE's development of a robust exchange that connects providers, hospitals and public health departments throughout North Carolina. NC HIE already relies on Orion Health HIE, powered by Orion Health Rhapsody Integration Engine, Clinical Data Repository and Clinical Portal, as the technology backbone for the statewide exchange.
Colorado Beacon Community partner Rocky Mountain Health Plans (RMHP) will be part of a project to re-envision the role of behavioral health in primary care. If it succeeds, the effort could transform the nation's approach to behavioral health by better integrating the delivery of behavioral and physical health care.
DocuTAP, a provider of electronic medical records (EMR) and practice management (PM) software, is going global this summer with an implementation of a custom EMR system for Sanford World Clinics in Ghana, Africa.

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