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5 Ways to Avoid CPOE Pitfalls
Gienna Shaw, Technology Editor

Computerized provider order entry systems help physicians make decisions based on evidenced-based best practices and facilitate streamlined ordering of clinical tests, labs, and medications, and allergy and drug interaction alerts. But beware five common pitfalls. [Read More]
September 21, 2010  
Editor's Picks
Long Days Make Radiologists Less Accurate
After a day of viewing images, fatigue can hamper radiologists' ability to detect fractures, according to a report published this month in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The authors measured reads of 40 attending radiologists and radiology residents as they viewed 60 bone exams, half with fractures and half normal. "Because of increased visual strain...radiologists' ability to focus on images was reduced making them less accurate after a day reading diagnostic images," according to the report. "Radiologists need to be aware of the effects of fatigue on diagnostic accuracy and take steps to mitigate these effects."
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Data Sharing Strengthens CMS Provider Screening Process
New CMS regulations about terminated providers will affect hospitals' credentialing process. Starting in January 2011, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 requires CMS to establish a process to make available to state Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies certain information on Medicare providers and suppliers that are terminated from participating in the Medicare program or CHIP. And states must terminate any Medicaid provider that has been terminated from participation in Medicare or another state Medicaid program. Credentialing professionals typically check to see if a practitioner has been excluded from Medicare and Medicaid, but not if he or she has been terminated. However, whether terminated or excluded, the bottom line for hospitals is the same: it can't collect payments on services that provider performed for Medicare and Medicaid patients.[Read More]

Hospitals Partner to Fight HAIs
A 23-hospital Illinois Hospital Quality Initiative (IHQI) seeks to improve clinical outcomes and cut healthcare costs by reducing hospital acquired infections (HAI) and medication errors. IHQI, which is supported by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and medical device maker CareFusion, will use infection surveillance technology to monitor hospitals and alert clinicians to emerging issues. Using data mining tools similar to those used by credit card companies to monitor unauthorized purchases, the technology identifies patterns indicative of quality breakdowns that uncorrected could lead to infections.[Read More]

Telemedicine at the eICU
Access to adequate healthcare is a pressing problem for rural area hospitals, where specialists are rare. Often, patients needing urgent intensive care are sent to bigger city hospitals to receive the medical attention they desperately need. FHN is addressing this issue by debuting its eICU program. The new program is part of the telemedicine specialty, and is a collaboration with the University of Wisconsin e-Care in Madison, WI. This allows for highly skilled care with a team of intensivists, physicians with advanced critical care board certification that specialize in treating the most seriously ill or injured patients.[Read More]

Intelligence Report: Physician Alignment in an Era of Change
Hospitals are looking to employ more physicians and buy more medical groups; at the same time, hospitals are receiving an increase in inquiries from physician groups for employment. But this marriage is not without trepidation. Elements of payment reform are expected to put considerable strain on hospital-physician relations. In this exclusive report based on original research and analysis, we find out what 258 healthcare executives and clinical leaders think about these topics and more. [Read More]

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