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Direct Protocol May Favor Large Providers and Vendors

Scott Mace

A medical group's call for allowing licensed physicians, without vendor interference, to designate any recipients or senders of messages using the Direct protocol puts a spotlight on nagging EHR interoperability issues. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

MU Compliance Announcement Sparks Concern, Confusion

An announcement from CMS on Meaningful Use implementation deadline changes obscures the fact that the agency fully expects all Stage 2 start dates to remain unchanged. >>>

MGMA Urges 'End-to-End' ICD-10 Testing

Failure to comprehensively test the ICD-10 diagnostic coding system will dramatically increase the potential of catastrophic cash flow disruption for physicians practices, says the Medical Group Management Association. >>>

Telehealth Improves Patient Care in ICUs

Patient survival of ICUs is 26% more likely when backed by eICU services, and patients are discharged faster from the ICU and the hospital, a new study finds. >>>

1 in 5 CT Screenings for Lung Cancer Results in Overdiagnosis

"Some of these individuals would never have known they had lung cancer, and never would have been treated for lung cancer… and would have died from other causes rather than from this disease," says one researcher. >>>

New G-Codes to Pay Doctors for Broad Array of Non-Face-to-Face Care

Though few physicians realize it yet, a new CMS rule will begin to pay them for the hours they and their clinical teams spend managing Medicare patients' chronic conditions beyond face-to-face office visits. >>>

LifePoint Bolsters Presence in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Nearly two years after its entry into the Michigan market, for-profit LifePoint expands its footprint with deals in two rural communities. >>>



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News Headlines

Healthcare.gov's problems doesn't mean Obamacare will fail

The Washington Post, December 10, 2013

IA insurer pokes fun at federal website in ads

Boston.com / Associated Press, December 10, 2013

Healthcare.gov tries to reboot

The Wall Street Journal, December 9, 2013

Healthcare.gov's mysterious new number: '834'

Pacific Standard, December 9, 2013

Houston Methodist Hospital laptop with patient information stolen

Houston Business Journal, December 9, 2013

Doctors, hospitals and clinics reluctant to embrace data sharing, study says

Market Watch, December 6, 2013

The rules and tools of patient engagement

InformationWeek, December 6, 2013

Intuitive robots may stall in surgery, company warns doctors

Bloomberg Businessweek, December 5, 2013

Opinion: To make hospitals less deadly, a dose of data

The New York Times, December 5, 2013

Even a tech giant can flub an insurance exchange

Kaiser Health News / NPR, December 4, 2013



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