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July 31, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Alongside counsel for heart disease, diabetes, allergies and other conditions, researchers from the University of Alberta also insist that family physicians broach the topic of cellphone safety with patients, especially the dangers of dialing and driving.
July 31, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
As the market for HIE services slows its growth and consolidates, 2013 is set to be the year when most health information exchanges realize they need to focus on supporting care coordination, or clinical network management, according to a report released by Chilmark Research.
July 31, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
Medical community benefits from broadband build-out
In greater Chattanooga, Tenn., where fiber-optic broadband is available through a public-private partnership, 10 radiology practices exchange medical images among 14 hospitals and clinics.
July 31, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Physicians should prepare for Sunshine Act's advent
Starting Aug. 1, pharmaceutical and medical device companies must begin tracking and preparing to publicly report payments and other transfers of value made to physicians under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. Doctors should ask industry representatives for an opportunity to review and, if...
July 30, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Docs not backing published guidelines when treating spinal pain
According to a study published in the latest edition of JAMA Internal Medicine, physicians are partaking in a great deal of proverbial back talk when it comes to following back pain treatment guidelines.
July 30, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Oncologists have a reputation to maintain -- and according to the latest report from ZS Associates, when it comes to fortifying against pharmaceutical sales representatives, the specialty remains characteristically staunch for the second year in a row.
July 30, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
How IT impacts medical consolidation
While most health IT professionals are probably more focused on implementing or maintaining systems than they are tracking larger healthcare trends, they should be aware of five areas where IT concerns factor into the drive toward, and the success of, consolidation.
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.
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.
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...

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