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Aortic Centers Combat 'Silent Killer'
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

Rapid diagnosis and treatment at aortic centers can lower mortality rates for the growing population of aging Americans with potentially deadly aortic aneurysms. [Read More]
  October 6, 2011

Editor's Picks
ONC Takes on Patient Engagement in HIT
The federal Office of the National Coordinator launched a program to determine "whether and when" providers can share patients' data. ONC's Office of the Chief Privacy Officer has engaged a health information technology contractor to identify best practices to overcome some of the challenges of exchanging health data, including privacy, security, and accuracy of records. [Read More]
Citing Medicaid Limits, ED Docs Sue WA State
Emergency physicians in the state of Washington have filed a lawsuit against a state plan to classify more than 700 diagnoses as non-emergent, and limit Medicaid reimbursements to no more than three non-emergent visits to the emergency department each year. [Read More]
Patient Motivation a Must for Accountable Care
Physicians can recommend treatments and lifestyle changes, but unless patients engage and use those tools, providers cannot achieve the quality scores that will result in improved revenue. [Read More]
Home Laundry No Match for Pathogen-Infected Scrubs
Changing standards that have lowered household water temperatures and constrained the volume of water used mean that when healthcare workers' uniforms are washed at home, MRSA and other infectious organisms may not be killed, researchers find. [Read More]
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Business Rx
Final CMS e-Prescribing Rule Eases Requirements
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has added "significant hardship" exemptions and is extending the deadline to apply for exceptions to the e-prescribing final rule in response to provider comments that the proposed rules were confusing and cumbersome. [Read More]
Physician News
Patient Experience: Hospitals' Holy Grail?
Steve Whitehurst, for HealthLeaders Media, September 30, 2011
Same-Day Discharge for Elective PCI Patients Cuts Hospital Costs
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 5, 2011
Advance Directives Curb Hospital Costs In High-Spending Regions
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 6, 2011
PA Hospitals Call on Super Committee to Examine ASCs
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 3, 2011
Hospitals Push to Raise Patient Experience Scores
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 30, 2011
Health 2.0: eHealth Needs Hardware, Too
Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, October 3, 2011
Health 2.0: ONC Pledges to Make Patients Meaningful Users, Too
Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, September 29, 2011
BCBSA Says It Can Help U.S. Save $319B by 2021
Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, October 6, 2011


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