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ED Tries Telemedicine in Bid to Cut Wait Times

Cheryl Clark

A medical center with long emergency department wait times is running a pilot study to test whether telemedicine can connect doctors to the virtual bedside of waiting patients much faster. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

MGMA: Physician Compensation Increasingly Based on Quality Measures

Primary care physicians have 3% of their total compensation based on quality measures, but doctors will increasingly be tied to these metrics as reimbursement aligns more closely with quality and cost measures, Medical Group Management Association data suggests. >>>

Hacking Healthcare is Fred Trotter's Passion

Fred Trotter is closing the gap between the needs of patients and providers to see and share data, and the reality of unlocking it from where vendors have stored it. Driven by a passion for transparent access to data, he's just getting started. >>>

Lawmakers Call for Access to Medicare Claims Data

A Senate bill introduced Tuesday would make Medicare claims and payment data available to the public in a searchable database that would be free to use. >>>

CMS Issues Health Insurance Exchange Proposed Rules

Most of the proposal focuses on program integrity for state marketplaces and insurance companies offering coverage in the federally facilitated exchanges. The rule intends to safeguard federal money and consumers. >>>

3 Reasons Wellness Programs Fail

Despite the concerted effort of employers, industry consultants, and fitness app makers, unhealthy employee behaviors don't seem to be changing. Workplace wellness is a hot trend, but employers are struggling to find real value. >>>

ACOs Widespread, Yet Challenged

Two of the pioneering forces behind accountable care organizations say the model is gaining significance as it proliferates across the country, even though there are concerns over lack of uniformity in performance measures. >>>

Is GME Snubbing Rural America?

Theories abound as to why young physicians won't practice in rural areas. But the key reason why young medical doctors don't fill these much-needed roles readily is a lack of accountability in publicly funded Graduate Medical Education programs, researchers suggest. >>>

AHIP: Kaiser CEO Advocates for Quality of Care

At the America's Health Insurance Plans annual conference, George C. Halvorson, CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan cited "better technology, better databases, and better science" among the tools that will help improve patient care. He urged attendees to "do the right things." >>>



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News Headlines

Tighter security coming for FL prescription database

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, June 20, 2013

Investigation follows trail of a virus in hospitals

The New York Times, June 20, 2013

Artificial spleen offers hope for faster sepsis diagnosis, treatment

MIT Technology Review, June 20, 2013

Sleep deprivation in hospitals is a real problem

The Atlantic, June 20, 2013

Medical group recognizes obesity as a disease

USA Today, June 19, 2013

FDA backs off on regulation of fecal transplants

NPR, June 19, 2013

Supreme Court rules 'pay-for-delay' drug deals can be illegal

The Hill, June 18, 2013

NC physicians group coordinate to improve care and avoid penalties

News & Observer, June 18, 2013

FBI: Chicago hospital kept patients too sedated to breathe on their own

Bangor Daily News, June 17, 2013

Walk-in clinics gaining popularity

Los Angeles Times, June 17, 2013



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