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Report: Patient-Generated Data Will Help Shape Future of Medicine

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 13:11

An analysis finds that patient-generated data will play a large role in shaping the evidence base physicians, patients and lawmakers use to improve the quality of care. The authors predict that use of such data will progress more quickly and valuably if patients better understand the process and importance of the data collection. FierceHealthIT, Modern Healthcare‘s “Vital Signs.”

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Several CMS Innovation Award Projects To Leverage Health IT

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:46

Several of the prospective Health Care Innovation Award winners announced this week by CMS plan to leverage health IT in their efforts to test out new, innovative care models. The grants, which will be finalized later this summer, range between $2 million and $23.8 million each. FierceHealthIT et al.

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More Groups Weigh In on Proposed Health IT Regulatory Framework

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:35

The American Medical Association, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and National Nurses United submitted comments on the federal government’s recently proposed risk-based health IT regulatory framework. FierceHealthIT et al.

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ONC Consolidates Health IT Policy Committee’s Work Groups

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:57

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo has announced that the majority of the Health IT Policy Committee’s work groups, subcommittees and task forces will be consolidated into six permanent work groups with new leadership. Modern Healthcare.

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July Texas Medicine Stories

Texas Medical Association - Hot Topics - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 10:47

Counterfeiters stealing drugs (and a potential 21st-century solution), telemedicine helping doctors care for rural patients, and improving patients’ health understanding highlight July’s Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Texas Medicine magazine, the association’s official publication.

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Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of July 11, 2014

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:32

Healthcare Interactive, a vendor of an employer wellness and benefit management system, has raised $8 million a Series A funding round from Grotech Ventures. Jocelyn Samuels, former acting assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, has been named director of HHS’ Office for Civil Rights.

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ACGME Chief Sees 'Huge' Risk of Error in Proposed Assistant Physician Licensure

Healthcare News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:30

The CEO of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education calls Missouri's move to license assistant physicians "precedent-setting and very concerning on a number of fronts."

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Hospitals Tops in Physician Benefits

Healthcare News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:05

Physicians employed by hospitals enjoy richer benefits and potentially fewer administrative hassles, but physicians employed by private practice express higher satisfaction with their compensation packages, survey data shows.

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Will health reform bring new role, respect to primary care physicians?

Healthcare News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:48

A few years ago it struck the D.C. region's biggest medical insurer that the doctors who saw its members most often and knew them best got the smallest piece of the healthcare dollar. CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield spent billions on hospital procedures, drugs and specialty physicians to treat sick patients. Only one dollar in 20 went to the family-care doctors and other primary caregivers trained to keep people healthy. The company's move to shift that balance tells a lesser-known story of the Affordable Care Act and efforts to change the health system.

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Opinion: VA manufactured its own doctor shortage

Healthcare News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:18

Why was the situation so dire that veterans faced months-long waits to see Veterans Affairs physicians? It's not exactly a secret that the VA faces a severe shortage of physicians. More than 800 job openings are listed on the VA website. There are many reasons why it is so hard to recruit physicians to work for the VA, including challenging patients, dwindling financial resources and uncompetitive salaries. As an immigration lawyer, I've seen the problem from a different angle. International physicians represent 26% of the doctors training in America's teaching hospitals. These doctors fill leftover teaching hospital slots not used by doctors educated in American medical schools.

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The physical exam as refuge

Healthcare News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:12

There are few situations where we expect to disrobe and have our bodies touched by relative strangers. The physical exam is one of the unique characteristics of the doctor-patient encounter; a visit to a doctor doesn't seem the same without one. Yet, increasingly, there's less and less of it. Visits are shorter and doctors have to spend most of their time at the computer filling out the endless electronic medical records that have come to define the modern medical transaction. Often, it boils down to a half-hearted plop of the stethoscope on the fully clothed patient.

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Ensure coding accuracy with 2015 Relative Value Guide and CROSSWALK editions

ASA - News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:00

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PCPs Breaking Even on Mental Health Costs

Healthcare News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 13:03

When behavioral health providers and primary care physicians work closely to coordinate care, the integration of mental health care with primary care doesn't have to break the bank.

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Database Disclosing Physician Payments To Launch in September

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:53

Starting in September, the federal government will launch a comprehensive, online database of payments made to health care providers as called for under the Physician Payment Sunshine Act. The database aims to disclose payments, gifts and other services physicians receive from drugmakers and medical device makers. AP/Washington Post.  

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Two New Studies Analyze EHR, Health IT Adoption Trends

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:44

The journal Health Affairs recently published two studies written by current or former employees of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT that examine health IT adoption in critical access hospitals and federally qualified health centers. Clinical Innovation & Technology et al.

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CMS Gives Health Care Cost Institute Access to Medicare Claims Data

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:56

CMS has certified the Health Care Cost Institute as the nation’s first “Qualified Entity” under a program established by the Affordable Care Act. HCCI now will have access to 100% of traditional Medicare claims data and about 40% of claims data under Medicare Part D. Health Data Management, HCCI release.

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DOD, VA Fall Short on EHR Interoperability Requirements, GAO Says

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:24

A Government Accountability Office report finds the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs completely satisfied one of six conditions set forth by Congress to ensure both the agencies are on track to make their electronic health record systems interoperable. InformationWeek, FierceHealthIT.

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H&HN Releases List of ‘Most Wired’ Hospitals for 2014

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:27

An annual survey released this week by Hospitals & Health Networks recognizes 375 hospitals for successfully planning and implementing health IT tools, such as patient alerts and medication matching at patients’ bedsides and computerized provider order entry. Healthcare IT News, Hospitals & Health Networks.

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Advisory Opinion 12-09

Advisory Opinions - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 09:58

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Advisory Opinion 12-08

Advisory Opinions - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 09:58

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