While most providers cringe at the idea of being told what to do by Uncle Sam, the impending coding upgrade does open pathways to enhance quality outcomes. But getting to that point could take a while. >>>
Physicians' group gives mixed reviews to a consumer advocacy group's call for full and unfettered public access to the National Practitioner Data Base to help patients identify problem doctors in their states. >>>
The Department of Health and Human Services has backtracked on its commitment to "transparency" by restricting public access to the National Practitioner Data Bank, which helps patients and others identify problem doctors by state. >>>
YouTube and other social media can be powerful marketing tools. But hospital marketers must follow a few critical rules in order for YouTube, along with Facebook and Twitter, to enhance their efforts. >>>
"At a time when we are working to get the best value possible for our health care dollar, this massive and expensive undertaking will add administrative expense and create unnecessary workflow disruptions," says AMA President Peter W. Carmel, MD, about the mandatory switch to ICD-10. >>>
The Boston Globe, November 29, 2011
InformationWeek, November 29, 2011
The Chicago Tribune, November 28, 2011
WNYT.com/Associated Press, November 18, 2011
InformationWeek, November 18, 2011
Government Health IT, November 18, 2011
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