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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.
July 23, 2013 | Bernie Monegain - Editor
According to MGMA, medical group leaders have a variety of projects on their plate: implementing electronic health records, enhancing the functionality of practice management system software, employing new technologies, such as patient portals, and complying with complex new federal programs and...
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...
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...
July 22, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
In attempts to anchor, address and accommodate the growing need for graduate medical education program funding, the American Osteopathic Association’s House of Delegates voted in approval of the creation of alternative GME state-level financial mechanisms on July 21.
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...
July 22, 2013 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
Business training for doctors has been growing steadily since the late 1990s when University of California Irvine became one of the first medical schools to offer a joint MD/MBA program, as well as a healthcare-specific executive MBA. Now more than 50 percent of medical schools offer the joint...
July 19, 2013 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
Nurse practitioners gaining autonomy
At least 17 states now allow nurse practitioners to work without a supervising physician, and lawmakers in five big states are considering similar measures.
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.
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.

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