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Tech Tools Address Medication Problems

Scott Mace

Medication adherence is a multifaceted challenge that's getting a shot in the arm from technology developers. Glowing pill bottle caps connected to the Internet and a digital library of pill images with detailed data on drug interactions are just the beginning. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Meet the Mother of All Patient Registries

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is building a massive patient database to help healthcare providers identify effectiveness projects years before researchers get around to publishing their analyses. >>>

Social Media is Serious Business

Social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook are continuously evolving, even when healthcare organizations aren't ready. The Mayo Clinic and Baylor Health have embraced social media and are sharing best practices with others. >>>

OPPS Proposed Rule Significantly Affects Coding

Under the proposed Outpatient Prospective Payment System rule, evaluation and management coding and reimbursement for hospital outpatients could change dramatically. The changes may reflect "CMS's desire to create payment parity between the hospital-based clinic setting and physician offices," says one expert. >>>

Business Roundup: Tenet's Vanguard Buyout Raises Bar for Independent Hospitals

Tenet Healthcare's deal to acquire Vanguard Health strengthens Tenet's ability to make acquisitions of not-for-profit hospitals and "might prompt smaller, stand-alone hospitals to consider some sort of alignment," Moody's Investors Service says. >>>

Is Physician Integration Driving Up the Cost of Care?

Few physician executives believe costs go down when healthcare systems acquire physician practices. We asked doctors with divergent views to explain their positions. >>>

How Safety-Net Hospitals Are Improving the Patient Experience

Despite some unique challenges, safety-net hospitals are achieving strong patient satisfaction results by focusing on compassionate care and quality outcomes. >>>



Toolkit

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News Headlines

Inside doctors' prescribing habits

Los Angeles Times, July 16, 2013

Doctors heed prescription for computerized records

NPR, July 16, 2013

Tiny camera in high-tech goggles helps speed diagnosis, save lives

New York Daily News, July 16, 2013

Why health IT must work more like Amazon

InformationWeek, July 16, 2013

Workers fired in privacy breach at L.A. hospital popular with stars

Reuters, July 15, 2013

WellPoint fined $1.7M for exposing health data on Internet

Reuters, July 12, 2013

Healthcare technology blossoms in hospitals, clinics

NewsObserver.com / Kansas City Star, July 12, 2013

Massive open online healthcare

The Atlantic, July 12, 2013

Nobel prize winner sets sights on fixing U.S. healthcare

Forbes, July 10, 2013

Competition, not need, drives hospital cardiac care investment

The Washington Post, July 10, 2013



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Intelligence Report: Advancing Clinical Quality from Data to Decisions

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