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September 11, 2012 / Issue 42

In This Issue

Patient protocol: Keeping content safe in the hospital

Are Medicare's new quality incentives large enough to change hospital behavior?

Big grant aims to help patients maintain dignity

Healthcare companies feel the urge to merge

New healthcare standards to save up to $6 billion

Popular antibiotics may carry serious side effects

Study: Placebo or not, acupuncture helps with pain

Electronic health record vendors take steps toward interoperability

Should you fire your doctor? 4 signs to watch

Overweight teens typically eat less than normal-weight peers

Most popular last issue: Genes now tell doctors secrets they canít utter

Hot Clips: ACOs


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Featured Article: Security

Patient protocol: Keeping content safe in the hospital

In the age of bring your own device (BYOD), healthcare organizations need to make content security a top priority. Hereís how your company can protect itself.

By Joe Moriarty, Content Raven

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Medicare & Medicaid

Are Medicare's new quality incentives large enough to change hospital behavior?

With Medicare poised next month to give bonuses and penalties to hospitals based on how they ranked in quality standards, a number of health policy experts are questioning whether the amounts of money at stake are large enough to make a difference.

Read the KHN article. >

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Patient Safety

Big grant aims to help patients maintain dignity

A large healthcare grant unveiled recently is aimed at tackling an often-overlooked side effect of hospital care: the loss of dignity that afflicts particularly sick patients.

Read the WSJ article. >

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Business Practices

Healthcare companies feel the urge to merge

What are facilities doing about the changes in healthcare reform? Some hospitals and clinics are adapting and shifting with the anticipation of new laws; others are partnering together. This infographic, courtesy of CompHealth.com, showcases details around recent mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare space.

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CMS

New healthcare standards to save up to $6 billion

A new rule aims to save time and money for physicians and other healthcare providers by establishing a unique health plan identifier (HPID).

Read the CMS announcement. >

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Rx

Popular antibiotics may carry serious side effects

Antibiotics are important drugs, often restoring health and even saving lives. But like all drugs, they can have unwanted and serious side effects, some of which may not become apparent until many thousands of patients have been treated.

Read the NYT article. >

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Personal Health

Study: Placebo or not, acupuncture helps with pain

Acupuncture gets a thumbs-up for helping relieve pain from chronic headaches, backaches and arthritis in a review of more than two dozen studies Ė the latest analysis of an often-studied therapy that has as many fans as critics.

Read the AP article. >

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EHRs

Electronic health record vendors take steps toward interoperability

In a move that signals a shift in the healthcare industry, Epic Systems and Cerner are quietly working with Greenway Medical Technologies to link together their electronic health records for the purpose of exchanging patient information.

Read the Forbes article. >

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Doctors

Should you fire your doctor? 4 signs to watch

How can you know whether your M.D. should stay or should go? Here are four questions to ask yourself.

Read the NBC News article. >

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Family Health

Overweight teens typically eat less than normal-weight peers

In a decidedly unexpected finding, researchers discovered that older overweight children may actually consume fewer calories daily compared to their healthy-weight counterparts.

Read the U.S. News & World Report article. >

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Most popular last issue: Research

Genes now tell doctors secrets they canít utter

In laboratories around the world, genetic researchers using tools that are ever more sophisticated to peer into the DNA of cells are increasingly finding things they were not looking for, including information that could make a big difference to an anonymous donor.

Read the NYT article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: ACOs

Click on the highlighted links below to read the top HMT archival properties concerning Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), a topic that is at the forefront of healthcare discussions.

  1. RCM a critical component of accountability models
  2. Why your lab needs an HIE
  3. Clinical integration sets the stage for positive change
  4. ACO rule has big implications for IT

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