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Feds Tout 'Blue Button' for Health Data
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
To promote cost-effective, quality care, healthcare movers and shakers are pointing to health information technology to help lead the way. Patients and their families will need to be included in this process as well—to help them get the information they need to make informed decisions about their health. So to make it easier, how about clicking a blue button on their computer screens—just when they need their data? [Read More]
September 2, 2010
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OIG Warns of Pre-Authorization Violations
A hospital that offers free insurance pre-authorization services to doctors and patients who need imaging tests "could potentially" be doing so in violation of federal anti-kickback statutes, says an advisory opinion issued Tuesday by the U.S. Office of Inspector General's Fraud Prevention and Detection Office.[Read More]

6 Pain Treatment Tips for Physicians, Payers
For physicians, health payers, and policy makers this pain management guidance is essential. One in four Americans struggles with pain without appropriate treatment, according to the American Pain Foundation.[Read More]

FDA Approves Surgical Instrument Tracking Tool
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a radio frequency identification tool that tracks instruments and sponges during surgical procedures.[Read More]

CDC: Flu Death Forecast 'A Moving Target'
Health officials generally advise providers to expect 36,000 deaths annually from influenza. However, this federal report shows that the numbers of flu deaths vary widely year to year. In the 1986-87 flu season there were just 3,349 deaths. In 2003-04 there were to 48,614.[Read More]

High Risk PCI Patients Need Standby IABP Strategy
Use of an increasingly common percutaneous coronary intervention of inserting an intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) to improve blood flow prior to patients undergoing stent placement did not lower rates of repeat procedures, heart attacks or death, London researchers say.[Read More]
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