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March 7, 2016 6:23 PM by Michael Jones
[Editor’s note: this article was contributed by Mike Baker, senior vice president and GM of commercial products, and Maydad Cohen, senior vice president and GM of government solutions, at hCentive (www.hcentive.com ) .] Now that the annual open enrollment Read More...
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Understanding and Addressing Physicians' Barriers to Achieving Better ACO Quality Metrics
March 24, 2015 8:35 AM by Robby Chakler
[Editor's note: the following post was written by Dan Malloy PhD, executive vice president, Quantia, Inc.] ACOs have long understood that patient engagement is a critical element to keeping individuals healthy and the chronically ill stable. Now ACOs Read More...
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Patient Confidentiality and Social Media
April 26, 2013 11:22 AM by Kelly Wolfgang
Editor's note: This article was posted with permission from its author, Christine Gondos, Igloo Software. She can be reached at cgondos@igloosoftware.com . The fastpaced healthcare industry is continuously evolving -- whether it be newly released studies, Read More...
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Cloud Computing Meets HIPAA Omnibus: A Provider Checklist
March 26, 2013 12:08 PM by Adrianne OBrien
(Editor's Note: This guest blog was written by Frankie Rios, CISSP, VP information security and compliance, GNAX.) Cloud computing and storage is an undeniable migration path and IT strategy. Overall spending on cloud technology is expected to reach an Read More...
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Is Gun Violence a Public Health Issue?
January 18, 2013 11:13 AM by Kelly Wolfgang
As reported on Newswise, the following is a statement by Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, president of The New York Academy of Medicine, one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious medical academies, on the seriousness of gun violence as a major public health Read More...
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Patient Education, Engagement, & Interactivity Tools Help Hospitals Achieve Stage 2 Meaningful Use Compliance
September 10, 2012 4:39 PM by Adrianne OBrien
Editor's note: This blog was written by Jodi DeMarco, interactive brand manager, TeleHealth Services . With final Stage 2 rules for satisfying meaningful use requirements issued by The Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) last week, several Read More...
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HHS to Invest $1 Billion in Partnership for Patients Initiative
April 13, 2011 10:52 AM by Frank Irving
Program aimed at stopping preventable injuries and complications during hospital stays and transitions of care. On April 12, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced the Partnership for Patients, a new initiative aimed at stopping Read More...
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HAC Data Added to CMS Web Site
April 6, 2011 5:12 PM by Frank Irving
Downloadable file shows number of times a HAC occurred for Medicare fee-for-service patients between October 2008 and June 2010. New data about hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) have been added to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Read More...
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CDC Report Shows Dramatic Decline in Infections in ICU Patients with Central Lines
March 2, 2011 8:35 AM by Frank Irving
Decrease saved an estimated 27,000 lives; similar preventive measures needed beyond ICU settings. The number of bloodstream infections in intensive care unit (ICU) patients with central lines decreased by 58 percent in 2009 compared to 2001, according Read More...
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Study Finds Pharmacists and Nurses Most Effective in Promoting Medication Adherence
December 22, 2010 1:51 PM by Frank Irving
Research could guide payers, providers and policy-makers in developing programs that keep patients on their medications. A new study looking at in-person, electronic, telephonic, fax and mail communications that counsel patients to stay on their medications Read More...
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FDA Investigates CT Scan Radiation Overdoses
November 12, 2010 9:21 AM by Frank Irving
Agency concludes that scanners did not malfunction; improper use the likely cause of excess radiation. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been investigating reports that patients undergoing computed tomography (CT) brain perfusion scans were Read More...
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AHRQ Awards $34 Million to Fight HAIs
November 10, 2010 7:16 AM by Frank Irving
Funds will be used to prevent healthcare-associated infections, a top-10 cause of death in the U.S. On Nov. 4, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced the award of $34 million for projects focused on preventing one of the top 10 Read More...
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