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In this issue...
  • The CDC doesn't know how many healthcare workers in Dallas may have been exposed to Ebola
  • Why are copays so high for critical-access hospitals?
  • New: CRCP certification study webinar series
  • Beware of 'decision fatigue' leading to inappropriate prescription
  • VA treated 690,000 veterans through telemedicine in fiscal year 2014
  • Majority say government best option to lead interoperability push
  • Why hospital CEOs should care about ICD-10 implementation
  • Pressure to settle Medicare appeals mounting
  • Study: Patient engagement improves medication accuracy




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    The CDC doesn't know how many healthcare workers in Dallas may have been exposed to Ebola
    The Washington Post
    A day after a nurse who treated an Ebola-stricken patient in Dallas was diagnosed with the virus, public health officials are still trying to figure out how many healthcare workers may have had similar exposure. It is still unclear how, exactly, the nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas became the first person to contract the virus in the United States, said Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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    Why are copays so high for critical-access hospitals?
    Bloomberg BNA
    While everyone's familiar with what a copayment is, they might not know that there's a big difference in copayments between critical-access hospitals and acute-care hospitals. A recent OIG report discovered that Medicare beneficiaries paid an average of 47 percent of the costs for outpatient services provided by CAHs in 2012.
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    Beware of 'decision fatigue' leading to inappropriate prescription
    FiercePracticeManagement
    Physicians are just as human as their patients, and potentially more vulnerable to making lower-quality decisions — particularly regarding inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions — as the day wears on. The phenomenon known as "decision fatigue" could be a major contributor to the dangerous rise in antibiotic resistance in the United States and beyond, according to research published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
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    VA treated 690,000 veterans through telemedicine in fiscal year 2014
    FierceHealthIT
    The Department of Veterans Affairs says it provided remote care to more than 690,000 veterans during fiscal year 2014. About 55 percent of those veterans live in rural areas with limited access to VA facilities.
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    Majority say government best option to lead interoperability push
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    Better interoperability will be a primary driver for improving fiscal and clinical outcomes in healthcare, according to a survey by research firm peer60, while a bare majority said government involvement will be the best way to achieve it.
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    Why hospital CEOs should care about ICD-10 implementation
    FierceHealthcare
    Hospital CEOs should care about ICD-10 implementation because that's how hospitals get paid, Marty Fattig, chief executive officer of Nemaha County Hospital in Auburn, Nebraska writes in H&HN Daily. But many senior executives have limited knowledge of their organizations' preparedness.
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    The CDC doesn't know how many healthcare workers in Dallas may have been exposed to Ebola
    The Washington Post
    If one healthcare worker was infected, "it is possible other people could have been infected as well," Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters.

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    State reps propose HealthCare.gov patient privacy bill
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    The Healthcare Consumer Privacy Act (H.R. 5610) cited the federal health insurance exchange hub’s privacy and security inadequacies as reasons why patients should be allowed to remove their profiles.

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    More hospitals seek upfront payments from patients
    FierceHealthFinance
    Even if patients have insurance, hospitals still want their money before or just after providing care. More acute care facilities ask patients to prepay prior to undergoing medical procedures or before they're discharged, CNN Money reported.

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    Pressure to settle Medicare appeals mounting
    HealthLeaders Media
    Hospitals are weighing their options on whether to accept settlement deals on Medicare claim denial appeals as the Oct. 31 deadline nears. The heat is on.
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    Study: Patient engagement improves medication accuracy
    EHRIntelligence
    Patient engagement through online portals can help to improve the accuracy of medication lists, according to a Geisinger study published in eGEMs, while also helping providers to meet the patient portal requirements of Stage 2 meaningful use. Patients who changed information about the frequency or dosage of their medications were eager to ensure that their data was as up-to-date and accurate as possible, with 89 percent of feedback forms requiring a change.
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