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Achieving the Eight Information Governance (IG) Principles
April 3, 2015 9:56 AM by Robby Chakler
[Editor's note: the following blog post was written by Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, SSGB, senior vice president of HIM and privacy officer .] AHIMA's Information Governance Principles for Healthcare (IGPHC) provides a comprehensive framework for managing Read More...
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ICD-10: Ready, Set, Code
October 2, 2014 10:10 AM by Robby Chakler
[Editor's note: the following blog post was written by Bonnie Cassidy, senior director of health information management (HIM) innovation for Nuance.] Much has been said about the politics and jockeying of groups behind the scenes, lobbying either for Read More...
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Global Healthcare Megatrends: Clinical Challenges
September 3, 2014 1:36 PM by Robby Chakler
[Editor's note: the following blog post was written by Toby Samo, M.D., chief medical officer, Allscripts. This is the first installment in our 5-part series focusing on Global Healthcare Megatrends] There are more than 7 billion people on the planet Read More...
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Preserve the HIM Workforce During the ICD-10 Delay
June 23, 2014 12:04 PM by Robby Chakler
[Editor's note: the following blog post was written by Bonnie Cassidy, senior director of health information management (HIM) innovation, Nuance] With the ICD-10 transition date now at least 16 months away, we must think about the impact this has on the Read More...
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Cost of Care for Youth with Diabetes is Six Times Higher than for Youth Without the Disease
April 29, 2011 10:38 AM by Frank Irving
Much of the extra medical costs come from prescription drugs and outpatient care, according to CDC study. Young people with diabetes face substantially higher medical costs than children and teens without the disease, according to a Centers for Disease Read More...
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Study Shows 22 Percent Increase in Consumer-Directed Health Plans in 2010
April 28, 2011 4:06 PM by Frank Irving
Fifty-one percent of the nation's largest companies offered workers a CDHP model last year. Enrollment in consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs) grew by 22 percent in 2010, up from 23 million in 2009 to 28 million last year, according to an analysis of Read More...
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NIH Provides $30 Million for Medical Rehabilitation Research
April 27, 2011 9:48 AM by Frank Irving
Network of centers will give researchers access to new technologies and resources. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced on April 26 that it has provided approximately $30 million over a five-year period to fund a network of centers to advance Read More...
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Would You Exhaust Your Personal Finances for More Cancer Care?
April 26, 2011 11:59 AM by Frank Irving
Published study finds that people in minority groups prefer to extend life as much as possible, even if it means using all financial resources. People in minority groups, especially black Americans, are more willing than their white counterparts to exhaust Read More...
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Aetna Foundation Funds Efforts to Measure Effectiveness of Integrated Health Care Models
April 22, 2011 4:14 PM by Frank Irving
Grants totaling $1 million go to research studies at Baylor College of Medicine; Massachusetts General Hospital; the University of California, San Francisco; and the University of Florida. The Aetna Foundation announced on April 20 that it will fund four Read More...
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Most Employers Assessing Retiree Benefits, According to HR Consulting Firm Survey
April 21, 2011 7:07 AM by Frank Irving
Aon Hewitt report says 61 percent of surveyed companies to evaluate long-term retiree medical programs by end of 2011. Most large employers are beginning to rethink their retiree health care strategy as a result of federal health care reform, according Read More...
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Alzheimer’s Diagnostic Guidelines Updated for First Time Since 1984
April 19, 2011 12:44 PM by Frank Irving
NIH-supported revision also proposes staging of disease, potential use of biomarkers. On April 19, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the release of revised clinical diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer's disease dementia. NIH also reported Read More...
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Research Points to Lack of Patient-Provider Communication on Alternative Medicines
April 14, 2011 9:40 AM by Frank Irving
New survey from AARP and NCCAM finds that although many people 50+ use CAM, they often do not inform their provider. Despite their high use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), Americans over the age of 50 often do not discuss CAM use with Read More...
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Fundraising Outlook Improves for Hospitals
April 11, 2011 12:02 PM by Frank Irving
Vast majority of AHP survey respondents reported negative effects on their programs in 2010, but fewer fundraisers had to trim their budgets. Following two years of recessionary losses and cutbacks, health care fundraising bounced back in relative terms Read More...
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National Study Finds Potential for Abuse in Opioid Prescribing Practices
April 7, 2011 1:25 PM by Frank Irving
More than half of patients with painkiller prescriptions had filled another prescription for pain from the same or different providers within the past month. An analysis of national prescribing patterns shows that more than half of patients who received Read More...
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Mayo Clinic Study Finds Cost of Heart Drugs a Major Barrier to Patient Compliance
March 30, 2011 12:03 PM by Frank Irving
Even among patients eligible for Medicare, medication costs were an important issue. In a study appearing in the April issue of peer-reviewed Mayo Clinic Proceedings , Mayo Clinic researchers found that many patients with heart failure do not take the Read More...
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