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December 11, 2012 / Issue 57

In this issue:

Leveraging a common communications path for converged communications

Electronic health records breed digital discontent for some docs

Surprise: New insurance fee in health overhaul law

Obama approves health insurance marketplaces in 6 states

Feds say states must follow healthcare law to get full Medicaid funding

Senate Democrats seek delay in medical-device tax

Surgeon's infected hands led to hospital staph outbreak

Service dogs pick up scent of diabetes danger

Smartphone apps can compromise kids' data, FTC says

Health rankings: USA is living longer, but sicker

Surgeons implant brain ‘pacemaker’ in Alzheimer’s patient

Mobile app boosts weight loss by 15 pounds

Most popular last issue: Dentists now get paid more per hour than doctors

Hot Clips: Decision Support


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Feature Article: Workflow

Leveraging a common communications path for converged communications

Critical Alert Systems' nurse call solution improves clinical workflow and betters patient care.

By Matt Sterling, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital

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EHRs

Electronic health records breed digital discontent for some docs

Two years and $8.4 billion into the government's effort to get doctors to take their practices digital, some unintended consequences are starting to emerge. One is a lot of unhappy doctors.

Read the KHN article. >

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Health Law

Surprise: New insurance fee in health overhaul law

Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It's a new, $63-per-head fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul.

Read the AP article. >

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Insurance Exchanges

Obama approves health insurance marketplaces in 6 states

The Obama administration gave conditional approval on Monday to health insurance marketplaces being set up by six states led by Democratic governors eager to carry out President Obama’s healthcare overhaul.

Read the NYT article. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

Feds say states must follow healthcare law to get full Medicaid funding

States must commit to fully expanding their Medicaid programs to take advantage of generous funding in the federal healthcare law, the Obama administration said Monday.

Read the Washington Post article. >

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Medical Device Tax

Senate Democrats seek delay in medical-device tax

A group of 17 Democratic U.S. senators and senators-elect have signed a letter urging for a delay in implementing a tax on the medical-device industry that is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1.

Read the WSJ article. >

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Infectious Agents

Surgeon's infected hands led to hospital staph outbreak

Five heart patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles contracted staph infections after a doctor operated on them with bacteria on his hands, the hospital said this week.

Read the NBC article. >

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Personal Health

Service dogs pick up scent of diabetes danger

Diabetic, or hypoglycemic, "alert dogs" are a growing class of service dogs best known for guiding the visually impaired, sniffing out drugs and bombs, or providing mobility assistance for people with severe disabilities. Most recently, they have been trained to sniff out cancer and oncoming seizures.

Read the WSJ article. >

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Security/Mobile Apps

Smartphone apps can compromise kids' data, FTC says

Parents are finding it more difficult to keep their children's private personal data from being collected by mobile phone apps, according to a new report. Many of the apps shared certain information with third parties – such as device ID, geolocation, or phone number – without disclosing that fact to parents.

Read the CNN article. >

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Personal Health

Health rankings: USA is living longer, but sicker

Americans are living longer, with fewer deaths from heart disease and cancer, but more chronic illnesses, an annual snapshot of the USA's health shows.

Read the USA Today article. >

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Innovations

Surgeons implant brain ‘pacemaker’ in Alzheimer’s patient

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine in November surgically implanted a pacemaker-like device into the brain of a patient in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, one of the first such operations in the United States. The device is seen as a possible means of boosting memory and reversing cognitive decline.

Read the Johns Hopkins article. >

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Personal Health

Mobile app boosts weight loss by 15 pounds

Using a mobile app that tracks eating and activity helped people lose an average of 15 pounds and keep it off for at least a year, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.

Read the ScienceDaily article. >

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Most popular last issue: Money

Dentists now get paid more per hour than doctors

Physicians' salaries have grown at an "anemic" pace in the past 15 years, while other health professionals' salaries have grown much faster, according to researchers from Harvard University and RAND Corporation.

Read the Advisory Board article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Decision Support

Click on the highlighted links below to read the top HMT archival properties concerning decision support, a topic that is at the forefront of healthcare discussions.

  1. Collaboration strategies for CDS success
  2. Delivering mobile health using intelligent wireless
  3. Making the leap to real-time analytics
  4. How dashboards can increase efficiency

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