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Steep costs associated with low activation April 02, 2013 | Stephanie Bouchard - Associate Editor
As voices calling for more patient engagement in healthcare grow louder, a new study reveals that patients with very low activation levels are significantly associated with higher healthcare costs now and in the future.
Chicken pox flies coop thanks to vaccine April 01, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Kaiser researchers tracked the progress of 7,585 children who received the vaccination in 1995 — when it was initially licensed and endorsed for use by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. According to the findings, the children involved in the study (who had all received the vaccine) were 9-10 times less likely to contract varicella.
Census triggers loss of telehealth services April 01, 2013 | Eric Wicklund - Senior Editor
As a result of the 2010 Census, 97 counties in 36 states and territories are being redefined as metropolitan -- rather than rural -- Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas, according to officials with the American Telemedicine Association. That change in status revokes the option for Medicare recipients in those counties to use video conferencing services for healthcare.
Dashboard serves chronic condition data April 01, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
A technology tool made available March 28 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services offers physicians and other healthcare stakeholders a means of getting current data on where multiple chronic conditions occur, which services they require and how much Medicare spends helping beneficiaries with multiple conditions.
Most doc cessation attempts up in smoke March 29, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Despite intricate knowledge of the dangers of smoking tobacco, an online survey from the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer and a group of collaborators finds that most physicians shy away from providing smoking cessation assistance to their patients.
Physicians prefer a shielded EHR view March 29, 2013 | Bernie Monegain - Editor
According to a newly released Harris Interactive survey conducted on behalf of global consulting and technology services firm Accenture, doctors may not be ready to relinquish control of their patients' medical record.
PCPs aided with allergy, asthma care March 27, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Launched in late February, the Washington, D.C.-based Academy of Allergy & Asthma in Primary Care seeks to help physicians deliver high-quality, patient-accessible diagnostic and therapeutic allergy and asthma care. The group will also work to raise awareness of the link between allergy care and asthma prevention - particularly in pediatric and family practice populations.
HIPAA Omnibus rule enforcement expected March 27, 2013 | Diana Manos
The HIPAA Privacy and Security final rule became effective March 26. One legal expert predicts enforcers will have a heyday with expanded ability to crack down on providers and their business associates.

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An empowered patient is an educated patient January 04, 2012 | Jennifer Dennard - Billian's HealthDATA, Porter Research, HITR.com
I recently got a pleasant healthcare surprise while listening to one of my favorite radio stations here in Atlanta.

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