July 11, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
The life-saving benefit of regular check-ups
One in three people know someone who discovered a serious medical condition from a routine medical check-up or discovered one themselves, according to a newly released survey conducted by GfK Roper for health technology vendor Patient Fusion. Unfortunately, most patients are still using outdated...
July 11, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
ONC puts its mark on certified EHRs
Doctors looking to purchase electronic health record technology can now get a visual cue about a product's ability to support the pursuit of meaningful use.
July 10, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
With more than 85 percent of physicians in possession of a personal or professional smartphone — according to a 2012 Manhattan Research study — the market for cellular components and nifty applicative abilities is not only thriving, but thriving with purpose.
July 10, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
Simplified, flexible queries will be essential to Stage 3 exchange
Health information exchange is emphasized in meaningful use Stage 2, and it's set to get even more priority in Stage 3, as the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT looks to enable information exchange nationwide, according to an update from the Health It Policy Committee's...
July 10, 2013 | Stephanie Bouchard - Associate Editor
Practice acquisitions on the uptrend
The number and value of physician medical group transactions has been on the rise over the last five years, and that pattern will likely continue as networks become the norm under healthcare reform, according to industry experts. Negotiating strategic governance is a key element of deals that last.
July 10, 2013 | Mary Mosquera - Contributing Editor
PCMH program yields $155 million in avoided costs
A patient-centered medical home program operated by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan delivered a 3.5 percent higher quality measure, a 5.1 percent higher preventive care measure, and a $26.37 lower per member per month medical cost for adults over a three-year measurement period through June 2011...
July 09, 2013 | Kaiser Health News -
Are shorter shifts for interns endangering patients?
As a new class of interns, who arrived July 1, begins treating patients in teaching hospitals around the country, a recent spate of studies questions whether rules mandating shorter shifts have made the situation worse.
July 09, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
SGR repeal and blended payments backed by ACP
American College of Physicians President Molly Cooke, MD, urged Congress to consider the National Commission on Physician Payment Reform's recommendations, which are "aimed at reining in health spending and improving quality of care by fundamentally changing the way doctors are paid."
July 09, 2013 | Diana Manos
Ambulatory practices reach paperless pinnacle
Bon Secours in Virginia is among the nation's first health systems to be recognized by HIMSS Analytics for having physician clinics attain Stage 7 of the EMR Adoption Model, which charts a path to a fully paperless medical records environment.
July 09, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
CMS proposes payment for complex care management
Medicare only pays for primary care management services as part of a face-to-face visit. Under a proposed rule issued July 8, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would make a separate payment to physicians for managing select patients’ care needs beginning in 2015.