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In this issue...
  • Do no harm? It may be hard to avoid with health law's Medicare cuts
  • Outlook 2015: Financial pressures, reform uncertainties
  • Telemedicine can enhance care at lower cost, but providers and payers alike are hesitant
  • FDA allows testing of Aethlon device in Ebola patients
  • Think filing taxes was tough before Obamacare? Just wait
  • Infection prevention for ICU patients extends lives, saves hospitals thousands
  • What is holding back ACO telehealth use, reimbursement?
  • Upcoming Webinars




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    Do no harm? It may be hard to avoid with health law's Medicare cuts
    The New York Times
    The Affordable Care Act made changes to government payments for Medicare services that are expected to save tens to hundreds of billions of dollars per year. This sounds like a good thing — and it very well may be — but only if those spending cuts don't cause harm. Research suggests they just might. As any business would, hospitals often respond to reduced revenue by cutting costs. They especially tend to cut back on staff, according to a number of researchers.
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    Outlook 2015: Financial pressures, reform uncertainties
    Modern Healthcare
    2015 will see the healthcare industry pinned between two powerful forces—pressure to hold down health spending and continued growth in the number of insured Americans as the result of Obamacare coverage expansions.
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    Telemedicine can enhance care at lower cost, but providers and payers alike are hesitant
    FierceGovernmentIT
    Telemedicine has the potential to enhance healthcare, improve convenience and reduce costs, but both payers and providers likely won't add it as a reimbursed service due to lower payments or possible overuse, according to a recent peer-reviewed article in The American Journal of Managed Care.
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    FDA allows testing of Aethlon device in Ebola patients
    Reuters
    Aethlon Medical Inc. said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had approved the testing in Ebola patients of its bio-filtration device, which was used against the deadly virus in a critically ill patient in Germany who later recovered. The device, being developed as a broad-spectrum countermeasure against pandemic threats, filters viruses and toxins from the blood.
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    Think filing taxes was tough before Obamacare? Just wait
    Forbes
    The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, is part health law, part tax law. Some feel benefited by the law, some burdened by it. And one’s perceptions about that can change over time. Either way, you may be annoyed by the extra forms and extra tax compliance, even if your tax bill doesn’t go up. The IRS has a far more important role in the law than you might think.
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    Infection prevention for ICU patients extends lives, saves hospitals thousands
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    Elderly intensive care unit patients who develop an infection during their stay are 35 percent more likely to die within five years of leaving the hospital, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Infection Control. Two of the most common hospital-acquired infections are central line-associated bloodstream infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia.
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    What is holding back ACO telehealth use, reimbursement?
    EHR Intelligence
    Telehealth continues to show its ability to improve healthcare costs, quality, and access, but regulatory restrictions still hinder the use of this health information technology among accountable care organizations whose goal is to achieve those improvements, according to the author of an article published in the American Journal of Accountable Care.
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