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In this issue...
  • Making readmission data actionable for physician EHR users
  • NIH: Revised guidelines will help prevent Ebola spread in US
  • New: CRCP certification study webinar series
  • The spreading Enterovirus is different than previous years' strains
  • Surge in Medicaid costs won't last, researchers say
  • Pennsylvania server hacked; records found dumped
  • Best practices for payer health management programs
  • Proving ground for exchanges and consumer experience
  • Group urges expansion of Medicare coverage of telehealth
  • Union Hospital expands use of capnography to strengthen patient safety




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    Making readmission data actionable for physician EHR users
    EHR Intelligence
    Reducing avoidable hospital readmissions is a goal of accountable care and risk-based agreements between healthcare providers and payers, but how is readmission data made actionable for physician EHR users at the point of care?
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    NIH: Revised guidelines will help prevent Ebola spread in US
    FierceHealthcare
    Health officials said the revised guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are more stringent and will help prevent further spread of the Ebola virus, according to CBS News. The updated hospital guidelines for healthcare workers treating Ebola patients will be "much more stringent" and prohibit any exposed skin, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (part of the National Institutes of Health), told CBS.
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    The spreading Enterovirus is different than previous years' strains
    NPA
    While Ebola is grabbing headlines, another virus far less deadly is spreading among Americans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has about 700 people, mostly children - have been hospitalized with an infection caused by Enterovirus D68. The virus usually causes respiratory symptoms, but recently, about a dozen people with Enterovirus D68 have developed paralysis. And five have died according to the CDC. NPR's Patti Neighmond reports on what we know and what we don't know about this virus.
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    Surge in Medicaid costs won't last, researchers say
    Modern Healthcare
    A new UCLA study suggests that the Medicaid expansion under the healthcare reform law will not necessarily lead to a long-term increase in emergency room or hospital utilization. Researchers from UCLA's Center for Health Policy Research found that beneficiaries of a California initiative called the Low Income Health Program initially used hospital emergency departments at a rate of 600 visits per 1,000 people in the first quarter of the program which started in the first quarter of 2011, but by the end of that year through 2013, that group's utilization declined by 69.5 percent, to 183 ED visits per 1,000.
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    Pennsylvania server hacked; records found dumped
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    A Pennsylvania healthcare service confirmed that it had a data breach incident where personal health information may have been exposed. Penn Highlands Brookville released a statement that said the data breach was discovered on Aug. 14. A computer server containing patient information for Dr. Barry Snyder was compromised when a third party intruder potentially had access to information contained on the server.
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    Best practices for payer health management programs
    Fierce Health Payer
    Health IT tools and more transparent relationships with providers are among the best practices that can help health insurance companies improve health management programs, according to a new report by IDC Health Insights. "Successful payer and related IT applications managers have many challenges," including "meaningful" member education for patients who are most at risk for 30-day hospital readmissions and those who have costly chronic conditions, Deanne Kasim, IDC's research director, said in the report.
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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
    Health IT Security
    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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    Proving ground for exchanges and consumer experience
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    As a microcosm of American health insurance markets, with both old and new regulations and business trends, one corner of the country offers a window into the future. In Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Utah, Cambia Health Solutions’ Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies are among more than a dozen insurers trying to innovate in the transition to consumer-based health insurance.
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    Group urges expansion of Medicare coverage of telehealth
    iHealthBeat
    A group of the largest pharmacies and health care organizations in the U.S. is pressing federal lawmakers to broaden the types of telehealth services that are covered by government insurance programs, The Washington Post's "Capital Business" reports.
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    Union Hospital expands use of capnography to strengthen patient safety
    News-Medical.Net
    Union Hospital recently strengthened patient safety measures by expanding its use of capnography to monitor patients capnography during patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) to regulate their pain after surgery. PCA can provide an effective way to control pain by allowing patients to self-administer small doses of pain medication intravenously, but the technology poses certain risks because the opioid medications used can also suppress the patient's breathing.
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