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ER Coding Changes: More Red Tape Or An Improvement?
Emergency medicine may be facing its own business emergency this fall when a changeover in how medical diagnoses are coded takes place.
The new international disease classification system, known as ICD-10, will be fully implemented Oct. 1. It includes more than 68,000 diagnostic codes, compared to the current 14,000 in the ICD-9.
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Health IT systems improve patient safety, workflow in radiology
Physician practices, clinics, and hospitals are not the only entities within the healthcare industry to adopt health IT systems in an effort to improve patient health outcomes and the quality of medical services. As reported previously by EHRIntelligence.com, the radiology field is improving reporting processes and workflow by adopting certain technologies like Nuance’s PowerScribe 360 reporting version 3.0.
Insomnia leads to decreased empathy in healthcare workers
A new study suggests that insomnia decreases empathy in healthcare workers and may lead to adverse clinical outcomes and medical errors.
Results show that subjects with an Insomnia Severity Index ISI of greater than 8, scored significantly higher across all four subscales of empathy.
“Insomnia affects empathy in healthcare workers which can lead to adverse clinical outcomes,”
said lead author Venkatesh Basappa Krishnamurthy, M.D., assistant professor, Sleep Research and Treatment Center, department of psychiatry, Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
How to improve patient portal use in emergency care
Initiatives around patient engagement and the push toward widespread patient portal use are continually being developed throughout the medical care sector. With the federal government establishing meaningful use objectives on patient engagement and requesting clinicians to report electronic clinical quality measures based on their patient care outcomes, healthcare providers are obligated to work toward increasing patient engagement with wellness and overall health on an ongoing basis.
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Smoking, drug use significantly increases ER visits
It is well known that smokers and drug users are plagued with varying health issues. Supporting this idea is a University of Buffalo study, which has not only found that they visit the emergency room at alarming rates, but also disputed that people are bypassing primary care practices for hospital care.
The research, published in Nursing Research, reported that smoking and drug use triples ER visits. Furthermore, smokers were determined to be as much as four times more likely to be ER “super-users” than non-smokers.
Hospital staffers race to keep up as 'victims' of mass casualty pour in
UCLA holds large-scale disaster drills about once a year, and smaller drills more often. For this drill, a triage area was set up outside the hospital to serve as the first line of contact with patients being transported to UCLA. From here, the severely injured were sent directly to the Emergency Department for immediate care. Those awake and breathing on their own with less serious injuries were put on cots set up near the ambulance bay to await treatment after the severely injured were cared for. Those with minor injuries were sent to a third area, where their wounds were attended to as needed.
Study of returns to the ER suggests lack of follow-up care
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
No one wants to make a repeat visit to the emergency room for the same complaint, but new research suggests it's more common than previously thought and surprisingly, people frequently wind up at a different ER the second time around.
Already some ERs are taking steps to find out why and try to prevent unnecessary returns.
If Supreme Court upends health law, critics and backers mobilize for next action
The Washington Post
With a Supreme Court decision looming that could lead to the loss of health insurance for millions of Americans, supporters and opponents of President Obama’s health-care law already are mobilizing for the next stage of the battle: influencing policy alternatives if the court upends a key component of the law.
At issue in the court case is whether it is legal for the government to provide subsidies to consumers in the almost three dozen states that have not set up their own insurance exchanges and instead rely on the federal marketplace.
Gastroenteritis in children has dropped dramatically since vaccine was introduced
Children are spending less time in the hospital with inflammation of the stomach, thanks to a rotavirus vaccine.
A study published in the latest issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that hospitalization rates for acute gastroenteritis among U.S. children younger than 5 years of age has declined by 31 percent to 55 percent in each of the years between 2008 and 2012, following the implementation of the vaccine in 2006.
Despite low value and high costs, certain preoperative tests still common In US
The Medical News
Professional physician associations consider certain routine tests before elective surgery to be of low value and high cost, and have sought to discourage their utilization. Nonetheless, a new national study by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center finds that despite these peer-reviewed recommendations, no significant changes have occurred over a 14-year period in the rates of several kinds of these pre-operative tests.
Educating stroke survivors helps them spot another stroke faster
Stroke survivors who receive extensive stroke education are much more likely to recognize symptoms of another stroke and seek immediate treatment, a new study shows.
The research included nearly 1,200 Hispanic, black and white survivors of mild stroke or transient ischemic attack. Their average age was 63. They all received culturally tailored educational material about recognizing and reacting to stroke symptoms.
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