Monthly Archives: August 2012

Most Hospitals Not Ready to Participate in ACOs: Survey

Just 13 percent of nearly 1,700 hospitals nationwide are participating in, or planning to participate in, accountable care organizations (ACOs) in the next year, according to a new report from The Commonwealth Fund. Nearly all of the ACOs in which … finish reading Most Hospitals Not Ready to Participate in ACOs: Survey

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4 Rules for Using Registries to Identify Gaps in Care

Registries can be particularly useful in population health management, particularly when used for patients with diabetes, who necessitate separate categories, explains Gregory Spencer, MD, FACP, chief medical officer with Crystal Run Healthcare. Diabetic patients on Coumadin®, for example, need to … finish reading 4 Rules for Using Registries to Identify Gaps in Care

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Nearly 1 in 2 U.S. Physicians Suffer from Burnout: Study

Almost half of all physicians are suffering from at least one symptom of burnout, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Physicians in specialties at the front line of care access, including emergency medicine, … finish reading Nearly 1 in 2 U.S. Physicians Suffer from Burnout: Study

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Seeking Medical Home Recognition? New Video from NCQA, Merck Provides Tips

Merck and NCQA have produced a new educational video for primary care practices seeking patient-centered medical home (PCMH) recognition. Designed to help primary care clinicians intent on improving patient care, the video, entitled “Transitioning Your Practice to the Patient-Centered Medical … finish reading Seeking Medical Home Recognition? New Video from NCQA, Merck Provides Tips

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CMS Announces Participants in Primary Care Initiative Targeting Medicare Beneficiaries

CMS has selected 500 primary care practices to participate in a four-year pilot program rewarding healthcare providers that better coordinate care for Medicare beneficiaries. Under the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative, which was first launched in fall 2011, CMS will pay … finish reading CMS Announces Participants in Primary Care Initiative Targeting Medicare Beneficiaries

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Medicare To Penalize More Than 2,000 Hospitals For Excess Readmissions

More than 2,000 hospitals will be penalized by the government starting in October because of excess readmissions, according to a new report from Kaiser Health News. Nearly 2 million Medicare beneficiaries are readmitted within 30 days of release each year, … finish reading Medicare To Penalize More Than 2,000 Hospitals For Excess Readmissions

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10 Attributes of Embedded Nurse Navigators

Thinking critically, being creative and possessing good interpersonal skills were some of the attributes Bon Secours Health System looked for when recruiting nurse navigators in 2010. Nurse navigators are key to case management, explains Irene Zolotorofe, Bon Secours’ administrative director … finish reading 10 Attributes of Embedded Nurse Navigators

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HHS Partners with Pharmacies to Educate Medicare Beneficiaries on New Health Benefits

HHS has partnered with five pharmacies to help educate customers about their Medicare benefits, the HHS has announced. The new partnerships, with CVS Caremark, Walgreens, Thrifty White, Walmart, and Sam’s Club, will provide Medicare beneficiaries a range of educational materials … finish reading HHS Partners with Pharmacies to Educate Medicare Beneficiaries on New Health Benefits

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Majority of Healthcare Professionals Interested in Mobile EHR Solution

While the majority of healthcare professionals are interested in using mobile devices to connect to EHRs and to e-prescribe, only 6 percent are doing so, according to a new study from Vitera Healthcare Solutions, a Tampa-based Healthcare IT provider. The … finish reading Majority of Healthcare Professionals Interested in Mobile EHR Solution

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Nearly 6 Million Visit Retail Medical Clinics in 2009; Older Patients and Preventive Services on Rise

Nearly 6 million people visited retail medical clinics in 2009, an increase of more than 40 percent since 2007, according to a new study from the RAND Corporation. The majority of visits were from older patients seeking preventive care, particularly … finish reading Nearly 6 Million Visit Retail Medical Clinics in 2009; Older Patients and Preventive Services on Rise

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