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How Hospitals Can Become 'Upstreamists'

Healthcare News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 07:27

Leveraging existing resources and strengthening relationships with community-based organizations can lead to "huge ROI" for hospitals, says public health innovator, Rishi Manchanda, MD.

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How Top-Ranked MA Plans Earn Their Stars

Healthcare News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 07:10

High-ranking health plans in the Medicare Advantage program share the strategies that have led to their success.

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Pentagon plans Ebola response team to assist US hospitals

Healthcare News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 07:02

The Pentagon plans to train a 30-person response team to assist hospitals in the event of a more serious Ebola outbreak in the U.S., officials announced Sunday. Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said forming the team is a "prudent measure" to assure the Defense Department can respond quickly to a domestic outbreak if needed. U.S. Northern Command will form the team, expected to include 20 critical-care nurses and five doctors specializing in infectious diseases. An additional five trainers will be on hand to teach hospital staff the proper methods for containing the spread of Ebola.

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Hospitals sweat potential Ebola liability

Healthcare News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 07:00

As public health authorities moved to calm fears about the risk from Ebola, lawyers last week urged health care and other clients to take precautions against spreading the potentially fatal disease ? and to mitigate attendant lawsuits. Since the Oct. 8 death in Dallas of Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, questions have surfaced about whether the hospital and the doctors and nurses who treated him followed adequate protocols. Two nurses who treated Duncan have been diagnosed with Ebola. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has attempted to assure the public that the disease is under control, but its handling of the situation was assailed during a congressional hearing on Oct. 16. Meanwhile, hospitals and medical providers crafted contingency plans in case the virus arrives at their doorstep.

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CEO of TX hospital group apologizes for mistakes in Ebola cases

Healthcare News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 06:56

At least one chapter of the Ebola saga neared a close Sunday, as most of the dozens of people who had direct or indirect contact here with Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who died of Ebola, had been told by officials that they were no longer at risk of contracting the disease. Mr. Duncan's fiancée, Louise Troh, who nursed him in their cramped apartment while he suffered from diarrhea and who was put under state-ordered quarantine, was set to be declared Ebola-free by officials at the end of Sunday. So, too, were the paramedics who drove an ailing Mr. Duncan to a hospital and health care workers who drew or processed his blood.

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'I can no longer defend my hospital': Dallas nurse says Texas Health Presbyterian unprepared for Ebola

Healthcare News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 06:52

A Dallas nurse who cared for a co-worker who contracted the Ebola virus at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said the facility was unprepared to fight the disease and she would "do anything" to avoid being treated there if she were ever to fall ill with the potentially deadly virus. "I can no longer defend my hospital," Briana Aguirre said Thursday on NBC's "Today" show. Aguirre claims that before Thomas Eric Duncan arrived at Texas Health Presbyterian nursing staff had not been trained in how to treat an Ebola patient beyond being offered an "optional seminar."

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US to issue new Ebola care guidelines, watch lists to shrink

Healthcare News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 06:50

The United States will issue strict new guidelines telling American health workers to cover their skin and hair when dealing with Ebola patients, a top health official said on Sunday, while some of the dozens of people being watched for possible exposure to the virus are expected to be cleared. In Texas, a lab worker who spent much of a Caribbean holiday cruise in isolation tested negative for the deadly virus and left the Carnival Magic liner with other passengers after it docked at Galveston early on Sunday morning. The new guidelines for healthcare workers and the precautions taken for the cruise passenger reflected widespread anxiety over Ebola in the United States, including calls from some lawmakers for a travel ban on West Africa.

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Medicare patients pay more for rural hospital services

Healthcare News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 06:46

An electrocardiogram, used to monitor heartbeats, will cost a Medicare patient about $5 at the average hospital but nearly $33 at a rural, critical access hospital. ECGs and nine other frequently provided outpatient services cost from two to six times more for Medicare patients at the nation's rural, critical access hospitals compared to other hospitals, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Inspector General. Critical access hospitals are typically more remote, have fewer beds and require shorter stays. Ohio has 34 of them, or 1 in 5 hospitals in the state.

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GA's rural hospitals teeter as solutions are debated

Healthcare News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 06:42

Eight rural hospitals in Georgia have closed or downsized and another 15 are teetering on the brink of closure and could be gone in the next year or two, according to a group representing rural hospitals. While some say expanding Medicaid could help, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said he is against expanding "entitlements" and would rather see more poor people get subsidies to buy private insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Rural hospitals have taken hits from every direction, from higher unemployment rates in their counties, to physician shortages, to Medicaid cuts that mean payment covers about 85 percent of costs, said Jimmy Lewis, the CEO of HomeTown Health LLC, which represents 70 rural hospitals in Georgia, Florida and South Carolina.

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Topeka hospitals look to partnerships to reduce supply costs

Healthcare News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 06:36

Topeka hospitals are looking for savings on the supplies they use every day through broader partnerships. Jan Ferdon, director of supply chain management at Stormont-Vail, said in a statement that the health system was one of the six first members of Mid-American Service Solutions, a purchasing group under Texas-based health company VHA that now includes about 120 Midwestern hospitals and health systems. MSS allows for contracts with larger groups, making it easier for hospitals to negotiate lower bulk rates and to consolidate services like distribution, reducing costs, Ferndon said.

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Unable to meet the deductible or the doctor

Healthcare News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 06:31

Patricia Wanderlich got insurance through the Affordable Care Act this year, and with good reason: She suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2011, spending weeks in a hospital intensive care unit, and has a second, smaller aneurysm that needs monitoring. But her new plan has a $6,000 annual deductible, meaning that Ms. Wanderlich, who works part time at a landscaping company outside Chicago, has to pay for most of her medical services up to that amount. She is skipping this year's brain scan and hoping for the best. "To spend thousands of dollars just making sure it hasn't grown?" said Ms. Wanderlich, 61. "I don't have that money."

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Registration is now open for the Certificate in Business Administration program

ASA - News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 00:00

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Gain skills to efficiently and profitably manage your practice with ASA's Certificate in Business Administration program. Earn up to 60 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM by participating in this four-session program. Register now!

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Submit a poster presentation for PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2015 and earn a chance to win prizes

ASA - News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 00:00

Call for Abstracts

Submit an abstract for PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2015 and you could win monetary prizes for the first, second and third place posters. Poster presentations should highlight the latest information in the following areas: Research in Perioperative Management, Quality Improvement, Leadership Development, Challenging Cases or Innovative Solutions in Practice Management. Submission deadline is October 31, 2014. Submit now.

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ONC, CDC Initiative Refocused To Use EHRs in Ebola Screening Efforts

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:55

CDC and ONC are pushing the Public Health Electronic Health Records Vendors Collaboration Initiative, which aims to help providers meet meaningful use requirements, as a way to better identify patients with Ebola. Meanwhile, some experts say fully integrating diagnostic support software with EHRs could alert physicians to patients at high-risk of having Ebola. Health Data Management, Modern Healthcare.

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Pa. Passes Rx Database Bill; N.H. Rx Database Registration Begins

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:38

The Pennsylvania General Assembly has passed a bill to create a new prescription drug monitoring program that would give providers and law enforcement officials access to a prescription drug database. Meanwhile, New Hampshire’s prescription drug database has begun accepting physician and pharmacist registrations. PennLive et al.

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Treasury Officials Reviewing Glitch in Online ACA Coverage Calculator

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:32

The Obama administration is expected to correct a glitch in HHS’ online calculator used to certify that insurance plans comply with the Affordable Care Act’s minimum coverage standards. Last month, consumer advocates said the calculator was allowing large companies to offer less-costly substandard plans in 2015. Kaiser Health News.

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Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of October 17, 2014

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:31

Lucia Savage, senior associate general counsel at UnitedHealthcare, has been named chief privacy officer of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Accenture has partnered with pharmaceutical companies Eisai, Merck and Pfizer to develop a cloud-based analytics platform for drug development.

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RWJF Launches Big Data Initiative To Improve Community Health

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:03

On Thursday, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced that it has launched the Data for Health initiative, which aims to use data to encourage healthy lifestyles. The effort will begin with a series of discussions to gather information, in which the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will participate. MedCity News et al.

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Obama Names 'Ebola Czar'

Healthcare News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:57

President Obama on Friday named Ron Klain, a seasoned Democratic crisis-response operative and White House veteran, to manage the government's response to the deadly virus as public anxiety grows over its possible spread. Mr. Klain, a former chief of staff for Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joseph R. Biden Jr., is known for his ability to handle high-stakes and fast-moving political challenges. He is currently the president of Case Holdings and the general counsel at Revolution LLC, companies that were founded by Steve Case, the former chief executive of AOL.

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