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93 Percent of Hospital Executives Think Obamacare Will Make Healthcare Better
The Washington Post
Over at Health Affairs, Andrew Steinmetz, Ralph Muller, Steven Altschuler and Ezekiel Emanuel decided to see how health reform looked to hospital executives. They surveyed 74 C-Suite executives from institutions that, on average, employed 8,520 workers and saw annual revenues of $1.5 billion. The survey wasn't scientific by any means, but in a speculative conversation that's proceeding mostly by anecdote, these individuals have a better vantage point on the changes that health reform is making to actual healthcare systems than virtually anyone else.
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UW Testing Kidney Stone Treatment That Doesn't Need a Hospital Visit
MyNorthwest.com
Chris Sullivan writes, "Kidney stones. Alright I said it. Now that your initial wincing is over and your painful thoughts have left you, imagine if there was a way to deal with them that would prevent the traditional ultrasound blasting that usually ends up with a hospital stay."
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CMS to Release Physician Payment Data
HealthLeaders Media
Physicians' associations generally support improving access and transparency in Medicare reimbursement records within the proper context and with privacy protections, but caution that "you can't always use this data as a proxy for quality."
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Fats and Oils That Can Improve Your Health
Fox News
When it comes to choosing the right cooking oil, the variety of products on the market can be confusing. Selecting the right types of fats and oils to cook with can not only change the flavor profile of your meal, but can also make a difference in how healthy it is. It's also important to not just choose the healthiest oils and fats – but to consider how you will use these products when you cook.
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Kidney Stones: 'Worse Than Childbirth'
CNN
Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos was recently flown off the Galapagos Islands on an Ecuadorian navy helicopter, authorities there said, after the CEO was struck by renal colic, a type of severe abdominal pain caused by kidney stones. CNN spoke with Dr. Dianne Sacco, director of Massachusetts General Hospital's Kidney Stone Program, for more information about kidney stones.
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Information Technology is Changing Healthcare System
The Washington Post
With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, healthcare was a hot topic in 2013. Rising costs and continued challenges make certain healthcare will continue to be a big issue in 2014. Recently, Capital Business sat down with experts from the University of Maryland and the Arlington consultancy Evolent Health to talk about healthcare and the opportunities ahead for information technology to improve efficiency and quality of care.
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Healthcare Industry to Ready Itself for Simulated Attack Exercise 'CyberRX'
SC Magazine
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in partnership with major health care companies, will conduct the industry's first wide scale, cyber-attack exercises this spring and summer. The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST), which helped establish the Common Security Framework for protecting personal health and financial data, will lead the initiative.
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Digital Health Doesn't Stop With Meaningful Use: Claims and Payment Technologies Still Matter
MedCityNews
Technology has driven many important changes in healthcare delivery over the years, and now it's tackling healthcare billing. The current processes are often messy, confusing and wasteful, but like EMR revolutionized medical records, claims technology has the potential to revolutionize payment. Today's technology can streamline the payment process, close existing gaps or delays, and better connect its components.
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