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  February 21, 2013 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

Sloppy EHR Data Signals Need for Standards

Joe Cantlupe

Analysts are uncovering problems with the accuracy and quality of clinical documentation generated by physicians working with electronic health records. Now experts are calling for standards of practice. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

BCBSNC Kicks Off Orthopedic Bundles

New payment models from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina mean patients receive highly coordinated pre-operative care and one fixed-rate bill for 30-days pre- and 90-days post-surgery for knee replacements. >>>

Weight Loss Surgery Doesn't Cut Health Costs

Bariatric surgery patients have lower costs for medication and physician's office visits up to six years later, but those savings are offset by more hospitalizations and hospital costs, health economists say. >>>

Robotic Surgery Hikes Hysterectomy Costs

The volume and cost of hysterectomy procedures performed by surgical robots are soaring. But infection rates, intraoperative injuries, reoperations, and transfusions are all essentially the same as for traditional laparoscopy. >>>

Looming Sequestration Cuts Put Rural Providers on Edge

With 40% of rural facilities already operating at a loss, a 2% cut about to be triggered by unchecked legislation "is incredibly challenging," says an official at the National Rural Health Association's Rural Health Policy Institute. >>>

Connected Health Advocate Seeks Wider Audience

The founder of the Center for Connected Health at Partners HealthCare launches a start-up project on the side—a social media-driven online support group with tools for "everyday folks" to be more active. >>>

Can VBP Put Healthcare on Right Track?

For the third consecutive year, healthcare leaders view the industry as being on the wrong track, according to the 2013 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey. A possible solution is value-based purchasing—64% consider it their organization's greatest opportunity. >>>



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News Headlines

Unlikely prescription from doctors: Less is more

Bloomberg Businessweek, February 21, 2013

Readmissions don't measure quality, Harvard doc says

InformationWeek, February 21, 2013

Nurse practitioners push to help care for health law's newly insured

Kaiser Health News, February 21, 2013

Doctors-in-training face licensing delays in IL

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 20, 2013

Hopkins patients come forward as investigation into secret recording continues

The Baltimore Sun, February 20, 2013

Intensive care MDs: More white coats, fewer piercings preferred

Los Angeles Times, February 20, 2013

Hundreds sue KY hospital over heart procedures

USA Today / The Courier-Journal, February 19, 2013

Controversial address vaults Hopkins' neurosurgeon into political arena

The Baltimore Sun, February 19, 2013

Surgeon's illness gives new focus to her cause

The New York Times, February 19, 2013

Docs push back against health IT's workflow demands

InformationWeek, February 15, 2013



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

Tablets and the Influence of Connective Technology

Demand for devices such as the iPad and smartphone comes from clinicians and is having a powerful impact on healthcare delivery as the next wave of technology surges, but don't shut down your PCs just yet. >>>

 

Embracing Nontraditional Models

 

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