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Value Indexing: Mayo Wants to Reform Healthcare Quality
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
When it comes to quality healthcare, is it possible to put an actual value on it when paying for it? The Mayo Clinic, along with several other healthcare organizations, think so and have been asking policymakers considering healthcare reform at the federal level to examine ways to compensate for value instead of volume. [Read More]
July 23, 2009
Editor's Picks

Osteoporosis Related Fractures Costing Healthcare System Billions
As policymakers look to reduce healthcare costs, they might look closely at ways to prevent osteoporosis, the culprit that led to 1 million hospitalizations in 2006. Of those hospitalizations, 254,000 were because of fractures stemming from the gradual loss of bone, according to a new report released by the federal Agency for Health Research and Quality. [Read More]

Consumers Fear Universal Coverage Could Cause Healthcare Access Bottleneck
Universal health insurance will not ensure equal access to care because the healthcare system will be swamped with new patients, according to a new study of 1,000 Americans. The survey and study also found that alternative care access strategies—such as shared doctor appointments, online consultations, and worksite clinics as a way of alleviating the access bottleneck—received varying but significant support. [Read More]

Health Reform Bill Features Healthcare Associated Infections Database
Debate continues surrounding the healthcare legislation that is currently being pored over by members of Congress. However, one part of the healthcare reform that has not been a sticking point is the requirement of a national reporting system for healthcare associated infections. One piece of healthcare reform legislation (HR 3200) includes a provision that would require all hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers to report data concerning healthcare associated infections to a database with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a condition of their participation with Medicare and Medicaid. [Read More]

Duke Durham Partnership: Informatics Improves Health
Medical informatics is playing a significant role in a unique, newly launched partnership between Durham based Duke University and the Durham, NC, community. The goal of the partnership, known as Durham Health Innovations, is to improve the health of everyone living in Durham County by using medical informatics to identify interventions for community members whose needs aren't being met successfully by conventional methods. [Read More]
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