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Lab and clinical terminology groups align July 24, 2013 | Diana Manos
The Regenstrief Institute and the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation announced July 24 they have signed a long-term agreement to begin cooperative work linking their global healthcare terminologies. The cooperative work will connect the clinical semantics of SNOMED CT to LOINC codes, which provide extensive coverage of laboratory tests and some types of clinical measurements.
Scientists aim to refine fibromyalgia diagnosis one drop at a time July 23, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Fibromyalgia syndrome may be on the fast track to more expedient diagnosis if a new finger-stick blood sample technology pans out past the pilot phase.
ONC files health IT progress report July 23, 2013 | Tom Sullivan - Government Health IT
health IT progress report
"Federal investments in a wide array of programs and activities, including the meaningful use EHR Incentive Program, have impacted the health IT marketplace, allowing the healthcare system to improve health and healthcare," the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT said in the report posted July 19.
House calls making a comeback July 23, 2013 | Stephanie Bouchard - Associate Editor
House call
Advocates say it makes sense to extract the frail elderly out of the "industrialized medicine" system and put them in a parallel system based on home health services. The potential for cost savings for a population that is one of the biggest drivers of healthcare costs has caught the attention of policy-makers.
Surgeon loses Medicaid funding July 22, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
An order, issued by the HHS Departmental Appeals Board, concluded that the surgeon violated Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. It follows an OCR investigation of a complaint filed by a patient who alleged that the surgeon refused to perform back surgery after learning that the patient was HIV-positive.
Med-resistant hypertension more prevalent in patients with CKD July 19, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Med-resistant hypertension more prevalent in patients with CKD
According to research from the University of Alabama's Birmingham School of Public Health, more than 50 percent of patients who suffer from moderate kidney disease also have a degree of hypertension that is resistant to medications.
State telehealth coverage broadens July 19, 2013 | Eric Wicklund - Senior Editor
Telehealth coverage broadens through state legislation
Missouri became the 19th state to mandate that private insurers reimburse healthcare providers for telehealth services on the same basis that they would for in-person services. Kentucky, meanwhile, has expanded telehealth coverage for its Medicaid beneficiaries.
Providers focused on ICD-10 barriers July 18, 2013 | Diana Manos
Providers focused on ICD-10 barriers
A survey, conducted by eHealth Initiative in partnership with the American Health Information Management Association, reveals a lack of communication around the benefits and value of the new ICD-10 code set, which was expanded to improve the quality of care, research and surveillance with more accurate and specific data.

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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.
Megatrends: Where healthcare is headed June 20, 2013 | MedAxiom
Megatrends: Where healthcare is headed
Joel Sauer, vice president of consulting at MedAxiom Consulting, travels to healthcare organizations throughout North America, guiding them on how the changes in the healthcare environment will affect their ability to serve patients, while remaining profitable. Here, he shares eight overarching considerations he believes will direct the nature of healthcare.
Q&A with CMS' Rob Anthony June 18, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
CMS' Rob Anthony answers questions on payment adjustments
Medicare eligible professionals who do not demonstrate meaningful use for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program may be subject to a payment adjustment beginning Jan. 1, 2015. Rob Anthony, CMS' deputy director of the HIT Initiatives Group, explains what you should know about payment adjustments -- and how to avoid them.
Project calls out lung cancer bias June 14, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
For many conditions, bias exists as a prominent symptom, whether it comes from within and/or all around. With lung cancer patients in particular, the effect and affect of biases seem especially strong, an assertion given even more bulk by the latest findings from The Lung Cancer Project.
How to Win at AdWords June 14, 2013 | David S. Brooks - Vice President, Client Services, Doctor.com
David Brooks
[Sponsored Content] Every practice owner who's tried Google AdWords has heard a horror story about someone spending thousands of dollars and getting nothing. The fact is that pay-per-click (PPC) marketing is extremely expensive only if you do it wrong. Here are six important concepts to follow when setting up your PPC campaign.
RA patients contemplate the ideal portal June 12, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Developers and physicians aren’t the only ones fielding Utopian visions of the perfect medical devices and databases — as it turns out, patients are partaking in the fantasy, too.
Countering declining reimbursement rates June 12, 2013 | Salvador Lopez - Content Writer, CareCloud
How to counter declining reimbursement rates
While there isn't much you can do to stop reimbursement cuts, a proactive approach will help you negate the potentially disastrous effects of declining reimbursement rates. Here are several approaches to consider.
Resources for 2013 Stage 1 changes June 10, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Resources available for 2013 Stage 1 changes
On Jan. 1, 2013, several changes went into effect for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs' Stage 1 meaningful use objectives, measures and exclusions. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which administers the programs, some of the changes are optional, but others are mandatory. Here's a recap of where to look for more information.

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Solutions for your new data reality June 10, 2013 | Janice Nicholson - Co-founder and CEO, i2i Systems
Janice Nicholson
You simply cannot control the future success of your organization if you do not truly know your data.
Avandia: A drug that should be banned June 07, 2013 | Sidney Wolfe, MD - Founder and Senior Adviser, Public Citizen's Health Research Group
Sidney Wolfe
Since late 2010, when the diabetes drug Avandia was removed from the market in Europe because of its cardiovascular risks, approximately 132,000 Americans have been prescribed this dangerous drug, likely resulting in hundreds, or more, serious - and sometimes fatal - adverse reactions, including heart failure and heart attacks.
Doctor Scum Bag June 04, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Rob Lamberts
Our system of "healthcare" doesn’t just fail to counter the flaws of our nature; it actively promotes bad relationships.
Why doctors should be glad there will be so many ICD-10 codes May 31, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
If researchers could sift through ICD codes, they could find data to support medical theories and improve lives.
Getting in touch with young patients as easy as A-P-P May 30, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
How do you get in touch and keep patients my age interested in acknowledging our health on a regular basis? Through our phones, our gadgets.
A call for patience May 29, 2013 | Eric Wicklund - Senior Editor
Eric Wicklund
With its preliminary guidelines for regulation of mobile medical apps, released in late 2011, the FDA wisely jumped into the fray and gave us a foundation. Soon the FDA will build the structure around that foundation to manage and control emerging apps.
Working May 28, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Rob Lamberts
After fighting valiantly against the idea for the first two months, I succumbed to the necessity of building my own IT system and have been seeing the many benefits of that decision.
Wanted: Entrepreneurial business models for doctors May 22, 2013 | David Williams - Health Business Blog
Wanted: Entrepreneurial business models for doctors
I believe many physicians would like to work for themselves if there were a viable way to make it happen.

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In an effort to increase access to health care for the nation's underserved populations and support the incredible efforts of volunteer physicians, the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation has awarded 15 physician-led free clinics from across the country with grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000.
Today, IDC Health Insights released a new MarketScape report evaluating Health Information Exchange (HIE) packaged solution offerings. The comprehensive study, IDC MarketScape: U.S. Health Information Exchange Packaged Solutions 2012 Vendor Assessment (Doc #HI235830), outlines the changing market landscape and profiles ten vendors, including Caradigm, Carefx, Certify Data Systems, eClinicalWorks, Infor, Informatics Company of America (ICA), Medecision, Medicity, MobileMD a Siemens Solution, and PatientKeeper.
According to Michael Wong of the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety, the topic of who is a suitable candidate for outpatient surgery is front and center with productivity pressures being intense at ambulatory surgery centers. However, with surgery often comes the necessity of the use of opioids for pain control.
ICA and AlliedHIE go live with DIRECT and HISP July 12, 2012 | Industry Release
AlliedHIE (www.alliedhie.com) and ICA (www.icainformatics.com), a leading provider of interoperability technology that enables care coordination and health information exchange (HIE), announced that a live DIRECT and Health Information Services Provider (HISP) network has been established under AlliedHIE’s management, known as Allied-DIRECT. In Pennsylvania, the live environment will enable AlliedHIE to begin recruiting physicians and other providers to sign up for secure DIRECT interactions with each other as part of the statewide DIRECT grant program recently established by the Pennsylvania eHealth Collaborative (PAeHC). Pennsylvania’s grant program provides DIRECT free for the first year to physicians.
As the global economy emerges from recession into a new period of growth, market data and analysis will become even more essential to companies seeking to compete on the global stage. Telemedicine, teleradiology, and telemonitoring systems are poised for tremendous growth through the middle part of the decade, and with premium market research from the world's leading publishers on the topic, Global Information Inc. will help businesses stay on the cutting edge with the best forecasts, research, and analyses.
Giffen Solutions, Inc., a market leading electronic health communications company founded by physicians, announced today that its revolutionary new app designed specifically for patients, MedXCom Patient, is now available for use by the general public. This is the only app on the market to offer a HIPAA compliant, secure way to communicate with your doctor and their office staff while giving you, the patient, total control of your medical information. The new app MedXCom Patient is available at the iPhone store at no charge.
CERECONS, a private-cloud-based SaaS Health IT company for care coordination, population management and patient engagement, has provisioned its software platform for AppleCare Medical ACO, a network of physicians that provides care to patients throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
Aetna Health of California routinely and illegally denies patients access to out-of-network doctors after selling them costly insurance policies that promise patients the right to chose their own physicians, according to a lawsuit filed today by the Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA), California Medical Association (CMA) and a coalition of health care organizations and providers.

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