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No ICD-10 Delay, but Expect Some MU Relief
HealthLeaders Media
CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner has announced that the ICD-10 deadline will not be delayed, but she is offering relief to providers, payers, and health information technology vendors struggling to meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements.
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5 Things to Know About the New NCQA Standards
MedPage Today
The National Committee for Quality Assurance is out with its latest patient-centered medical home recognition standards, updating the list for the first time since 2011. Almost 6,800 sites where roughly 35,000 clinicians work have achieved NCQA recognition, the organization said. Many payers across the country plan to pay practices a bonus for meeting NCQA standards. Also NCQA recognition may be pivotal to future Medicare programs like the complex care management billing code coming in 2015. The new standards don't officially launch until March 24, but NCQA held a public "sneak peak" at its Monday briefing.
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Why Aren't Doctors Drug Tested?
The New York Times
People go to hospitals to get well. We all know that medical care involves risks, but what patients don’t expect is that the doctors, nurses and other staff members charged with their care may deliberately cause them harm. As an important recent case demonstrates, that’s exactly what can happen without stronger controls.
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The Secret to Physician Engagement? It's Not Better Pay
HealthLeaders Media
It takes more than money for hospitals and health systems to motivate and retain employed physicians, says a senior executive at Catholic Health Initiatives. More doctors are leaving private practice for positions in hospitals and health systems—and they report the new model of doing business looks promising.
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Cholesterol Compound Could be Target in Prostate Cancer Therapy
Renal & Urology News
Accumulation of esterified cholesterol in lipid droplets of high-grade prostate cancer and PCa metastases may aid in the diagnosis and treatment of advanced disease, researchers have discovered. “Our study provides an avenue toward diagnosis of aggressive prostate cancer,” investigator Ji-Xin Cheng, Ph.D., of Purdue University, said in a university statement. “Moreover, we showed that depleting cholesteryl ester significantly impairs prostate cancer aggressiveness.”
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New Evidence Shows Link between Smoking and Colorectal Cancer
The Daily Press
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Of all cancers, colorectal cancer is the second deadliest cancer after lung cancer. New evidence from the recently released 2014 50th Anniversary U.S. Surgeon General’s Report shows that smoking cigarettes causes colorectal cancer. 
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4 Twitter Tactics for Savvy Healthcare Providers
HealthLeaders Media
In the right hands, tweeting can greatly enhance a healthcare provider's brand. Four physicians with an active Twitter presence illustrate the basic tenets that lead to social media success.
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Survey: Few Uninsured Americans Signing Up for New Health Insurance
The Washington Post
The new health insurance marketplaces appear to be making little headway in signing up Americans who lack insurance, the Affordable Care Act’s central goal, according to a pair of new surveys. The snapshots from the surveys provide preliminary answers to what has been one of the biggest mysteries since HealthCare.gov and separate state marketplaces opened last fall: Are they attracting their prime audience?
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Are EHRs at a Tipping Point?
Healthcare IT News
With more than 50 percent of practices and 80 percent of hospitals having adopted electronic health records and attested for meaningful use by now, it's time to talk about next steps. The March edition of the Journal of AHIMA does just that, with a story that looks at the changes and challenges ahead for health information management professionals as EHRs become a fact of life.
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Studies Target BPA, Plasticizers in Prostate Cancer, Fecundity
Urology Times
Levels of bisphenal A in men’s urine could be a marker of prostate cancer, and male exposure to other environmental chemicals used in the manufacture of plastics appear to negatively impact time to pregnancy, two separate studies have found. The first study, published online in PLOS ONE provides the first evidence that urinary BPA levels may help predict prostate cancer and that disruption of a cell duplication cycle through exposure to low-dose BPA may cause cancer development in the prostate, according to researchers from the University of Cincinnati.
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3 Ways to Manage Patient Pain
FierceHealthcare
A recent study shows pain control is tied to patient satisfaction, and one way hospitals can help patients manage pain and boost their organizations' satisfaction scores is to follow the lead of an outcomes-driven, interdisciplinary approach developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to treat pain.
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