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Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have published a study in Preventive Medicine that examined social media as an effective route in generating awareness about skin cancer.

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers have found patients admitted to the hospital are less likely to be readmitted in 30 days if they report higher levels of satisfaction in care and communication with providers, according to a study published in BMJ Quality & Safety.

Utilizing normothermic machine perfusion technology could increase the number of available donor kidneys, according to a study published in the British Journal of Surgery.

Researchers from Stanford University have developed an algorithm capable of predicting patients’ three to 12-month mortality rate, according to a study published in arXiv.

Allowing patients to write or add notes to their medical health records could keep patients more engaged in their care while also improving relationships with their physicians and reducing physician workload, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

 

Recent Headlines

CAPP provides ACO web guides The Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP) has launched a new initiative to provide the public, media and policymakers with resources and information about the value of care coordination and accountable care to national healthcare reform.
CMS issues long-awaited ACO guidelines
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its long-awaited Proposed Rule for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), which would provide the regulatory framework for these organizations.
NEJM: Berwick weighs in on ACO NPRM The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) took a major step toward establishing accountable care organizations (ACOs) by issuing a notice of proposed rule-making that will define how physicians, hospitals and others can adopt this new organization form, wrote Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), in a perspective paper published March 31 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
CMS updates EHR FAQs The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted new frequently asked questions (FAQs) concerning the latest information on the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.
N.C. hospital taps Ingenix coding tools Wayne Memorial Hospital, a 316-bed health care facility serving Goldsboro, N.C., is implementing Ingenixs computer-assisted coding (CAC) tools to increase medical coding accuracy and compliance.
Texas Med Center signs Wolters Kluwer for documentation The Medical Center of Plano, a 427-bed acute care facility in Plano, Texas, has selected Wolters Kluwer Healths ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding.
AJMC: High-deductible health plans could reduce healthcare spending High-deductible health plans could potentially lower healthcare spending, but they might also crimp preventive care, according to research published in the March edition of the American Journal of Managed Care.
AIM: Adverse event reporting is on the rise Although the FDA's Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS) database has been in existence since 1969, more than half of the incidents in it were received in the past decade, according to an article published online March 28 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
IHE-Europe Connectathon expands The 11th annual IHE European Connectathon, to be held in Pisa, Italy, April 11-15, has expanded to a week-long program of activities.
CMS releases meaningful use attestation preview Circle the date: Attestation for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program will begin April 18, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which has posted sample attestation screenshots and additional information on its website.

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