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Pitfalls in peer support programs should promote hesitancy June 12, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Sometimes getting by shouldn’t involve help from our friends — but if it does, that aid should come with a considerable disclaimer, researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School insist.
ACP delivers input on SGR-repeal draft June 12, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
ACP delivers input to House committee on draft SGR-repeal legislation
A letter to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton and Ranking Member Henry Waxman provides recommendations on questions that the committee raised on the proposed legislation, which would stabilize physician payment rates under the current system while setting up a move to new payment models. A second phase would then transition away from fee-for-service and toward value-based models of payment with an update incentive program.
Mortality stats don't reflect screening benefit June 11, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Mortality statistics remain unmoved by breast cancer screenings according to research conducted by the University of Oxford Department of Public Health.
PCMH program drives $100M in savings June 11, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
PCMH program drives nearly $100 million in cost savings
CareFirst, which covers 3.4 million individuals and groups in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia, said the results represent a savings of 2.7 percent on the total projected 2012 healthcare costs for PCMH-covered members and improve upon the 1.5 percent savings against projected costs registered by the program in 2011. Nearly 80 percent of all eligible primary care physicians in CareFirst physician networks participate in the program.
Mandatory staff vaccination promising June 10, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Following four years of observation, Loyola University Medical Center authorities have comfortably concluded that the mandatory influenza vaccination plan put forth for employees has resulted in few terminations and increased viral security.
Q&A with Doximity CEO Jeff Tangney June 10, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Jeff Tangney
Doximity, a medical network based in San Mateo, Calif., has generated a flurry of activity over the past few months, including release of a new iPad app and a collaboration with U.S. News & World Report to publish a free online directory of more than 700,000 practicing U.S. physicians. CEO Jeff Tangney shared details of these developments -- and others -- in an interview with PhysBizTech.
Agencies look to revamp quality measures June 07, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
Agencies look to revamp quality measure systems
The goal is to move beyond traditional measurements established by federal health programs -- often established by statute -- which have tended to be too setting-specific, according to leaders from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Anesthesia's influence on the brain June 07, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
The potential damaging, long-lasting effect of anesthesia on the brain may take its toll on adults alongside pediatric patients, new research from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center suggests.

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Making technology fit clinicians' workflow January 28, 2013 | Benjamin Harris - New Media Producer
In some instances, one could argue, ineffective or inefficient IT systems can become a burden to doctors and nurses. Instead of endorsing the new technology, frustrated clinicians may begin to shy away from intended usage. Here are 4 considerations for making technology align with practitioner workflow.
CMS provides meaningful use resource for specialists January 24, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recognizes that its EHR Incentive Programs are not one-size-fits-all. Not every meaningful use measure applies to every provider, acknowledges CMS. Accordingly, the agency recently updated a fact sheet that gives specialty providers tips on how to successfully meet meaningful use measure requirements.
What to check to make sure you've got Stage 1 aligned for 2013 January 21, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), charged with administration of the incentive programs for making meaningful use of certified EHR systems, issued a reminder on Jan. 17 that several changes to Stage 1 take effect during 2013. Several are optional, but others are required.
3 mainstays of a secure BYOD policy January 17, 2013 | Benjamin Harris - New Media Producer
Instances of healthcare organizations failing to keep a tight lid on patient records have been racking up over the past few years. Fortunately, there are steps any organization can take to safeguard communications, records and devices. Here are three areas to consider when devising a secure communications strategy.
8 new FAQs on the EHR Incentive Programs January 11, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to bulk up its online resources for eligible providers and hospitals looking to qualify for EHR meaningful use incentive payments. Here are the 8 new questions recently added to CMS' FAQ resource, with corresponding links to the answers.
3 actions that would make medical error reporting less burdensome January 08, 2013 | Kristine Martin Anderson - Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton's Healthcare Market, Kathryn Schulke - Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
Enabled by an enhanced, robust health IT infrastructure, medical error data reporting and analysis can be become a more natural, less burdensome part of the healthcare system, leading to enormous improvements while maintaining patient privacy and security. To get there, we'll need a coordinated, holistic strategy to report and capture medical data. Here are three actions to consider.
6 tips for improving your self-pay collections strategy January 04, 2013 | Chris Klitgaard - President, MediRevv
The prevailing problem with providers' self-pay revenue cycle management strategy (or lack thereof) is the traditional passive approach. Consider the following six ways to improve your self-pay collections strategy, so that money that’s rightfully yours ends up in your organization's pocket.
4 cyber security areas that demand attention in 2013 January 02, 2013 | Mike Miliard - Managing Editor
While last year's vulnerabilities will continue to challenge organizations that have yet to evolve their policies and procedures - from encrypting data to regularly changing passwords - there are many threats waiting in the wings, according to Kroll Advisory Services. Here are four key areas to keep in mind during 2013.

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Requiring doctors and nurses to get flu shots is the right thing to do when it comes to patient safety.
Our New Year’s resolution January 18, 2013 | Malcolm Butler, MD - Medical Director, Columbia Valley Community Health
In 2013, our health center will take the concept of Patient Centered Medical Home to the next level through the novel use of social media tools to engage patients in healthful change, and to build virtual healing communities.
Health sensors the size of a postage stamp January 17, 2013 | Miraj Sanghvi - Blog Manager, Medigram
Think of the range of possibilities available with cheap active monitoring - not only will the quantified-self movement have new tools to track their body, but doctors will have a new tool to monitor at-risk patients in real time.
Why is America's healthcare cost so high? January 14, 2013 | Dave Lareau - CEO of Medicomp Systems
Give providers, and patients, the tools they both need, at the point of care and afterward, to actively participate, together, in improving health and reducing the cost of care.
2013: The year of the mHealth user January 09, 2013 | Jonathon Dreyer
I predict more widespread availability and adoption of mobile health technology during the coming year.
Policymakers need accurate reporting on Beacon programs January 07, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
As the lessons of the Beacon program are translated into policy, care should be taken to distinguish between infrastructural or technological advances and actual improvements in health.
State by state telemedicine licensure January 02, 2013 | Christina Thielst
Licensure that extends across state lines and private insurance coverage are huge issues, especially as we look forward to a new health delivery system.
5 big developments for digital health in 2013 December 31, 2012 | David Lee Scher, MD
The time is right for some gelling of the ingredients of digital health.

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MEDfx Corporation and Community Health Alliance, Inc., a Virginia-based not-for-profit, announced their partnership to create a statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE), ConnectVirginia, in the Commonwealth of Virginia. ConnectVirginia will provide the exchange of vital clinical data between authorized health care providers across the state to improve access to health information and ultimately improve the health of all Virginians. Community Health Alliance was awarded a contract from the Virginia Department of Health in October 2011 to establish and operate Virginia’s statewide HIE.
Aetna and CSMS-IPA announce collaborative care model March 14, 2012 | Industry Release
Aetna and the Connecticut State Medical Society Independent Practice Association (CSMS-IPA) announced today a collaborative care model designed to improve the quality of care for Aetna Medicare Advantage members and lower health care costs.
Pulse Systems, Inc. was recently awarded the Surescripts White Coat of Quality for prescription accuracy and completeness through its Pulse Complete EHR Software Solution. The White Coat of Quality program's goal is to achieve 100% reliability in e-prescribing and requires organizations who achieve this award to demonstrate measured quality, continuous improvement and training to improve the safety of the technology used in e-prescribing.
DataArt, a custom software development firm that builds advanced solutions for select industries, announced completion of CloudRecords, a fully certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution that offers healthcare providers a variety of tools to efficiently consult with patients and smoothly run all departments of a medical practice.
Evolution Technology Group (ETG) and Medical Practice Management (MPM) are joining forces as ClinicAnywhere to increase profitability and efficiency for physicians and healthcare providers. Prior to the merger, ETG specialized in information technology specifically for physician practices while MPM provided medical billing services. Together, the new company will provide physicians with a one-stop shop for their business process outsourcing.
Polycom, Inc., the global leader in standards-based unified communications (UC), is convening with healthcare practitioners and IT executives from around the world at HIMSS12 to show how Polycom® RealPresence™ video and voice collaboration solutions are transforming the way healthcare organizations learn, teach, and deliver care.
Hello Health Inc. secures $10M in financing February 29, 2012 | Industry Release
Hello Health® announced today that it has raised $10M in a combination of common and preferred shares, and issuance of convertible debentures through its parent company, Myca® Health.  This equity capital was privately funded by a select group of investors.

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