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Lab Tech Standards, With Benefits

Scott Mace

One payoff of standardizing medical lab test codes is that primary care providers will be able to access patient data from disparate points of origin. Another is the downward effect it would have on pricing. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Video Cameras in the OR May be Inevitable

Surgical teams have a lot to learn from watching themselves in action. If hospitals don't start recording surgical procedures as a method of stimulating quality improvements, they may eventually be forced to do so. >>>

CMS Mulls Use of Specialty Registries for Quality Data

Data contained in voluntary reporting registries, a growing trend in specialty care especially for surgery and other invasive procedures, may one day be folded into Medicare performance measures that assess quality of care. But there are some hurdles to clear first. >>>

Evidence Base for Vena Cava Filter Use 'Thin'

Inferior vena cava filters "as they're currently used don't really work as well as physicians think they do," and commonly fail to be removed, causing patient harm, researchers say. >>>

When Physicians See Costs, They Act Like Consumers

When doctors are told the price of diagnostic laboratory tests, they respond like informed consumers and either order fewer tests or shop around for cheaper alternatives, a study shows. >>>

Radiologists Push Back on Reimbursement Cuts

A 25% multiple procedure payment reduction to Medicare reimbursements for interpretations of advanced diagnostic imaging scans performed on the same patient in the same session is drawing the ire of radiologists. >>>

Book Excerpt: Executive's Guide to Physician-Hospital Alignment

Having an alignment strategy and structure in place becomes the foundation upon which accountable care structures can be built. This book explores the benefits of alignment, alignment models and strategies, compensation strategies, legal and regulatory considerations, and alternative paths toward integration. >>>



Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Healthcare IT—Tackling Regulatory, Clinical, and Business Needs

In this comprehensive research report, learn how Peninsula Regional Medical Center created a robust IT infrastructure to help clinical teams identify patient problems earlier.

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News Headlines

Marathon medical tent 'transformed into trauma unit'

Boston.com, April 16, 2013

Cleveland Clinic app helps connect patients, doctors

MobiHealthNews, April 16, 2013

FL hospitals brace for fight over trauma units

Tampa Bay Business Journal, April 16, 2013

Safer hospital rooms

The New York Times, April 16, 2013

Detached ER costs criticized

Journal Gazette / Bloomberg News, April 15, 2013

HHS official: Federal exchange making political, technical progress

The Hill, April 12, 2013

CO charges doctor in problem-plagued robo-surgeries at Porter

The Denver Post, April 12, 2013

Healthcare heavyweights team to compare medical devices

InformationWeek, April 12, 2013

Why chemotherapy that costs $70,000 in the U.S. costs $2,500 in India

The Atlantic, April 12, 2013

Da Vinci robot hot among surgeons, but gets FDA scrutiny over reports of problems and deaths

Star Tribune / Associated Press, April 10, 2013



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Multimedia/Events

Webcast: Develop an Innovative and Integrated Palliative Care Program

Date: Date: April 23, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

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From HealthLeaders Magazine

Grounding the Frequent Fliers

Strategies to curtail the unnecessary use of the emergency department involve efforts that rely on data, care management, and patient involvement. >>>

 

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