Electronic health records "are not effective communications tools—not effective at all," says a self-avowed technology optimist who holds a dim view of current EHR capabilities, but has hopes for better systems to come. >>>
Facing significant reductions in payments, mounting regulatory actions, and a "broken" RAC appeals process, hospitals are facing a variety of pressures in the new year, the American Hospital Association says. >>>
Treatment guidance from medical specialty groups varies widely in terms of its potential financial impact on providers, acknowledges the head of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, which backs the Choosing Wisely initiative to promote evidence-based care. >>>
While the high startup costs associated with telemedicine programs have presented a barrier to many rural hospitals, data suggests they contribute to lower costs and lower mortality rates >>>
In a study, antibiotic prescription rates for antibiotic-inappropriate diagnoses dropped after clinicians posted photos of themselves alongside signed pledges to "avoid prescribing antibiotics when they are likely to do more harm than good." >>>
While an influential advocate for patient safety and former committee chair of the National Quality Forum denies allegations that he took kickbacks from a product manufacturer, the DOJ has named him in a settlement agreement. The NQF cut ties with him years ago and updated its conflict of interest policies. >>>
Kristine Aznavoorian, RN, MS, had been a practicing pediatric nurse in Boston for five years when she encountered subspecialists known as Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners. Now she works with young victims of heinous crimes. >>>
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