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AHRQ: Telehealth especially effective for cardiovascular, respiratory diseases
Thursday, July 07, 2016

The US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality combed through 58 systematic reviews amid a substantial volume of research on telemedicine to pinpoint when telehealth interventions work best.
The data suggests telehealth improves outcomes such as mortality, quality of life and reductions in hospital admissions when used for remote patient monitoring for certain chronic conditions as well as for psychotherapy as part of behavioral health.
Top chronic conditions for telehealth success: cardiovascular and respiratory disease, according to AHRQ

Read More:  http://www.mobihealthnews.com/content/ahrq-telehealth-especially-effective-cardiovascular-respiratory-diseases   ...

EHR interoperability, regulations top patient record concerns
Thursday, July 07, 2016

Electronic health records are used more frequently as healthcare providers learn to balance their function against EHR regulations. Patients also are clamoring for access to their data as a way to communicate with their physicians and better understand their care.
Meaningful use requirements, which hounded many hospital EHR efforts, will change with new regulations that will require physicians and healthcare systems to prove they're not blocking information flow among EHRs. The lack of interoperability between EHR systems is a common problem making headlines that healthcare providers and vendors will need to tackle more aggressively.
In this SearchHealthIT essential guide, read about EHR regulation updates, common EHR interoperability and security issues and what EHR software vendors are up to -- plus, top patient record concerns.

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ONC sets MACRA interoperability measures
Thursday, July 07, 2016

Responding to Congress’ call last year to define health IT interoperability measures that Medicare providers must meet to receive reimbursement under new value-based models, ONC has published the measures.The new measures are now part of MACRA, the Medicare Access and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) Reauthorization Act.
The measures, as detailed in an ONC blog post, are:

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Integrating Medical And Social Services: A Pressing Priority For Health Systems And Payers
Thursday, July 07, 2016

The United States spends more on health care than any other nation in the world—more than double the amount that some industrialized countries do—yet our health outcomes are comparatively horrible. We live with higher incidence of chronic illness, we face many more financial barriers to care, and we die younger than people in just about every industrialized nation in the world. Since 2004, theCommonwealth Fund has ranked the health system performance of at least five industrialized countries. It expanded that work to eleven countries in 2014. The result: the United States has consistently come in last.
Read more: http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2016/07/05/integrating-medical-and-social-services-a-pressing-priority-for-health-systems-and-payers/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Issue:%202016-07-07%20Healthcare%20Dive%20%5Bissue:6478%5D&utm_term=Healthcare%20Dive   ...

CMS proposes site-neutral outpatient payment rates, flexibility in EHR program
Thursday, July 07, 2016

  • CMS announced Wednesday proposed updates to payment rates and policies in the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System.
  • The changes, based on feedback from providers and patient advocates, are aimed at improving the care of Medicare patients by better supporting their healthcare providers, CMS said.
  • The proposed rule (764 pages) would increase OPPS payments by an estimated 1.6% and ASC payments by 1.2% in 2017.

Read more: http://www.healthcaredive.com/news/cms-proposes-site-neutral-outpatient-payment-rates-flexibility-in-ehr-prog/422158/   ...

Doctors Swamped by 'E-Medicine' Demands
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Survey found those who have to use electronic health records report more burnout, job dissatisfaction
TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors say they're drowning in electronic paperwork, feeling burned out and dissatisfied with their jobs thanks to countless hours spent filling out computerized medical forms, researchers report.
Electronic health records are a cornerstone in the effort to modernize medicine. But, new systems designed to chart a patient's progress and instruct their future care have proven to be very time-consuming, the study found.
"While some aspects of electronic records can improve efficiency, computerized physician order entry is a major source of inefficiency and clerical burden for physicians," explained lead author Dr. Tait Shanafelt, a Mayo Clinic hematologist and oncologist. "Tasks that used to be accomplished with a verbal or written order in less than 30 seconds can now take more than five minutes."
As a result, physicians using these electronic records reported higher rates of burnout and increased frustration with the amount of computerized paperwork they must do, Shanafelt and his colleagues found.
The survey of more than 6,300 active physicians found self-reported burnout among:




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Lawmakers push HHS to treat 'ransomware' attacks differently
Thursday, June 30, 2016

A bipartisan pair of lawmakers is calling on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to treat "ransomware" attacks in the healthcare industry differently than other cyberattacks.
“In the case of a ransomware attack, the threat is not usually to privacy, but typically to operational risks to health systems and potential impacts on safety, and service,” Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Will Hurd (R-Texas) wrote in a letter to Deven McGraw, deputy director for health information policy at HHS’s Office of Civil Rights.   Read more:  http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/285168-lawmakers-push-hhs-to-treat-ransomware-attacks-differently
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10 Things You Need to Know About MACRA
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Join us online on Wednesday, July 13 at 12pm ET
Are you prepared for the upcoming changes to Medicare reimbursement? In 2017, programs like PQRS and Meaningful Use are being replaced by a complex, two-track payment system aimed at further emphasizing value-based payment models. We made a list of the 10 things you need to know right now. See more details.:  http://response.athenahealth.com/MACRA.html?partnerref=701G0000001iFKeIAM
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"I had become a victim of the machine of medicine," a doctor writes on how he began recovery from burnout. (STAT News)
Thursday, June 30, 2016

I’m a physician and the son of a physician. I went into medicine because I wanted to help people get better and stay well. Somehow along the way, Igot worse. Five years ago, I hit a wall, and admitted to myself that I wasburned out.
My joy of practicing medicine had faded. I was overloaded with countless hospital initiatives and committees. I felt like I was letting down my patients, my colleagues, and my family. My most important relationships and my own sense of health and well-being were eroding. In my mind, I had become a victim of the machine of medicine, putting myself and the people in my personal life at the end of the line.
Despite this, I never entertained the idea of quitting. That is part of the dilemma of physician burnout. By and large, you don’t make it through the gauntlet that ismedical training by adopting a mindset of quitting. Unfortunately, many physicians check out without leaving the profession, which jeopardizes quality, safety, and the patient experience.

Read More:  https://www.statnews.com/2016/06/29/fighting-physician-burnout/   ...

Can the world's largest mosquito factory find a way to fight Zika?
Thursday, June 30, 2016

In Guangzhou, China, millions of mosquitoes are born at the Sun Yat-Sen University-Michigan University Joint Center of Vector Control for Tropical Disease in the hopes of finding a way to fight Zika. The lab's mosquitos are infected with a strain of Wolbachia pipientis, a bacterium that inhibits Zika and and other viruses by preventing the fertilization of eggs. Researchers at the center release infected mosquitos on Shazai Island to mate with wild females, stopping the next generation. The lab claims there is 99% suppression of the population of Aedes albopictus, or Asia tiger mosquito, the type known to carry Zika virus, after the first year of tests.
Read this incredible article:  http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2016/06/the-worlds-largest-mosquito-factory/489251/   ...


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