Category Archives: Patient Safety

Prescription Drug Use Among Medicare Patients Highly Inconsistent

Prescription drug use of both effective and risky drugs among Medicare patients varies throughout the United States, showing that location plays an important role in the quality and cost of medical care patients receive, according to a new report from … finish reading Prescription Drug Use Among Medicare Patients Highly Inconsistent

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Some Mobile Medical Apps to Face Closer FDA Scrutiny

Designed to protect consumer safety while supporting innovation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance for developers of mobile medical applications, or apps. The agency will not enforce requirements under the Federal Drug & Cosmetic Act, but … finish reading Some Mobile Medical Apps to Face Closer FDA Scrutiny

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Healthcare Experts Recommend 5 Strategies to Minimize Overuse of 5 Treatments

A series of five recommendations could reduce five medical interventions or treatments that are commonly used but not always necessary, according to a paper released by The Joint Commission and the American Medical Association-Convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement ® … finish reading Healthcare Experts Recommend 5 Strategies to Minimize Overuse of 5 Treatments

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New AHRQ Hospital Guide Offers 4 Strategies to Engage Patients, Clinicians

A new guide designed to help hospitals improve their patients’ care by bridging communication gaps among patients, families and healthcare providers is now available from HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The resource, Guide to Patient and Family … finish reading New AHRQ Hospital Guide Offers 4 Strategies to Engage Patients, Clinicians

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Final Rules Support Employers’ Outcomes-Based Wellness Programs

HHS issued final rules on employment-based wellness programs, supporting workplace health promotion and prevention as a means to reduce the burden of chronic illness, improve health, and limit growth of healthcare costs, according to the HHS. The rules, to be … finish reading Final Rules Support Employers’ Outcomes-Based Wellness Programs

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Shared Decision-Making Between Patients and Doctors Will Require Investment by Health Systems

Patients and doctors should decide together what medical decisions are right for each patient, according to a RAND Corporation study published in the journal Health Affairs. In order to make medical care more patient-centered, Medicare is encouraging healthcare providers to … finish reading Shared Decision-Making Between Patients and Doctors Will Require Investment by Health Systems

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3 Ways to Improve Medication Adherence

Once you understand the basic underlying reasons for medication adherence, which include expense and safety, practices such as motivational interviewing can help the pharmacist steer them towards adherence, explains Dr. Janice Pringle, director of the Program Evaluation Research Unit (PERU) … finish reading 3 Ways to Improve Medication Adherence

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HHS Announces First HIPAA Breach Settlement Involving Less Than 500 Patients

The Hospice of North Idaho (HONI) has agreed to pay the HHS $50,000 to settle potential violations of the HIPAA Act of 1996 Security Rule, in what is the first settlement involving a breach of unsecured electronic protected health information … finish reading HHS Announces First HIPAA Breach Settlement Involving Less Than 500 Patients

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Preparing Physician Practices for Population Health Management

A new Health Dialog report surveys physicians’ population health management (PHM) readiness and recommends success strategies from early adopters. Researchers from Health Dialog surveyed more than 100 PCPs throughout the country on implementing PHM strategies as part of day-to-day patient … finish reading Preparing Physician Practices for Population Health Management

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Study Demonstrates Better Health Outcomes, Lower Costs in PCMH Practices

Physicians working in New York area-based patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) better managed their patients’ diseases, ordered fewer high-cost imaging tests, reduced ER visits and avoidable hospitalizations, and reduced costs of care for patients overall, according to a new study from … finish reading Study Demonstrates Better Health Outcomes, Lower Costs in PCMH Practices

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