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.
July 08, 2013 | Mike Miliard - Managing Editor
The American Academy of Ophthalmology on July 8 announced plans for an EHR-linked eye disease database that will enable ophthalmologists nationwide to statistically analyze and benchmark their own care.
July 08, 2013 | Bernie Monegain - Editor
Jobs in the healthcare sector have grown faster than in any other industry, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution. Over the past decade, the healthcare industry has added 2.6 million jobs nationwide, accounting for a 22.7 percent employment growth rate over 10 years, compared...
July 08, 2013 | Kaiser Health News -
National health plans may be unavailable in some states next year
New online marketplaces will begin selling health insurance to individuals in October, offering federal tax credits to help cover the cost of premiums to those who qualify. An outstanding question: In which states will national plans operate?
July 08, 2013 | Janet Duni, RN, BSN, CCM, MPA - Director of Care Coordination at Vanguard Medical Group
Care coordinators essential to PCMH success
At Vanguard Medical Group of Verona, N.J., four care coordinators across three locations, have helped the practice improve outcomes and maintain the National Committee for Quality Assurance's Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition it first earned in 2009.
July 03, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
It’s only natural that an arthritic alleviant would have joint aspirations. Nevertheless, the latest findings from the Joslin Diabetes Center regarding the glycemic controlling properties inherent in arthritis drug salsalate still come as a pleasant surprise.
July 03, 2013 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
ONC plan taps health it to end medical errors
With sights set on utilizing health IT to curb the alarming number of medical errors that transpire each year, ONC officials unveiled July 2 their final plan to bolster patient safety initiatives nationwide.
July 03, 2013 | Mike Miliard - Managing Editor
Study finds physicians calling for less imaging
A new study from the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute shows that the number of physician visits by patients 65 years of age or older resulting in an imaging exam trended downward from 12.8 percent in 2003 to 10.6 percent in 2011.
July 03, 2013 | Kaiser Health News -
Employers get an extra year to implement ACA coverage requirement
The Obama administration on July 2 announced a one-year delay in the Affordable Care Act's requirement that businesses with 50 or more employees offer coverage to their workers or pay a penalty. Workers whose employers do not offer coverage, and now have an additional year to do so, will be...