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Mayo Clinic Takes 'Holistic' Approach to Personalized Medicine

Joe Cantlupe

With the advent of genetic sequencing, physicians are "designing the future of medicine," says the medical director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine. >>>

 

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OIG to Investigate Hospital Payments in 2013

Federal health investigators say they are launching 112 new investigations as part of their 2013 work plan, including 25 projects that examine Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services payment policies to hospitals. >>>

'No-Pay' Policy for HAIs Does Not Reduce Infections

Researchers find no reduction in the rate of certain hospital-acquired infections after the start of a federal policy prohibiting reimbursement for acute care services necessitated by those infections. >>>

Comparative Effectiveness Research Not Aligned with Financial Incentives

Payment incentives so great that they can "sway decision-making at the point of care," are slowing the adoption of comparative effectiveness research by physicians and patients, a RAND researcher says. >>>

Physician Groups Warming Up to HIEs

Two reports show health information exchanges gaining ground among doctors as barriers—lack of interoperability, lack of information exchange infrastructure, and cost concerns—fall away. More than half of hospital-owned physician groups surveyed say they plan to join a state, hospital, or regional HIE. >>>

Hospitals Overspending on Blood Transfusions

By employing best practices in transfusion medicine, hospitals could save "about $1.06 million per hospital per year" without changing patient outcomes, an economic report says. >>>

ACEP: Frequent ED Users Need Coordinated Care

High repeat users of emergency department services cannot easily be redirected to less expensive care, so managing these patients better is "a community resource issue," says the president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. >>>

Small Hospital Cuts Patient Falls By 95%

A busy critical access hospital proves that a combination of methods, including analyzing fall data and placing a renewed emphasis on staff accountability, can achieve a drastic drop in patient falls. >>>



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News Headlines

Regulator has link to firm implicated in meningitis outbreak

The Boston Globe, October 11, 2012

$123M settlement reached in class-action pedophile pediatrician lawsuit

The Washington Post, October 11, 2012

Dueling HIEs thwart patient care

InformationWeek, October 11, 2012

Why are MA hospitals doing fewer angioplasties on heart attack patients?

The Boston Globe, October 11, 2012

Is emergency room care actually a great deal?

The Washington Post, October 10, 2012

Patients gain when hospitals work together on infection control

U.S. News & World Report, October 10, 2012

Heart stent outcomes reporting lags

Reuters, October 10, 2012

Docs healthier, with better habits, compared to others

WBUR.org, October 10, 2012

Americans seeing their doctors less often

Rapid City Journal, October 10, 2012

When implanted medical devices go wrong, who pays?

Reuters, October 9, 2012



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