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Oct. 29, 2014

In the hospital, a bad translation can destroy a life
Translating from one language to another is a tricky business, and when it comes to interpreting between a doctor and patient, the stakes are even higher. Consider the story of 18-year-old baseball player Willie Ramirez.More

Should healthcare providers exposed to Ebola be quarantined?
Physicians News Digest
Should travelers returning from Ebola-stricken countries be subjected to a mandatory quarantine? New Jersey, New York and several other states say yes. The White House says no. The CDC says maybe.More

Some doctors wary of taking insurance exchange patients
USA today
Now that many people finally have health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges, some are running into a new problem: They can't find a doctor who will take them as patients. Because these exchange plans often have lower reimbursement rates, some doctors are limiting how many new patients they take with these policies, physician groups and other experts say.More

mHealth and engagement: A delicate duet
Patient engagement is one of the more popular topics in the mHealth landscape these days, and with the mHealth Summit right around the corner (really, December isn't that distant), it's sure to work its way into many a conversation. But will mobile health technologies ultimately bring the consumer and doctor closer together or drive them farther apart?More

Value in leveraging EHR use across the care continuum
Much of the focus on adopting EHR technology is on primary care, but with the expansion of the care continuum to include an array of clinical and healthcare professionals EHR use must be able to be leveraged in dramatically different care environments. With the extension of UnityPoint Health beyond inpatient and ambulatory care settings, the Iowan health system has looked to its EHR technology as a means of addressing patient needs at any and all points along the continuum of care.More

Hospital preparedness: Pay now or pay later?
By Christina Thielst
Recent events surrounding the diagnosis of Ebola on U.S. soil have proven that we can't always predict when and where an infectious disease will present. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas wasn't really prepared for a person who would test positive for Ebola to walk into their emergency room, nor were they prepared to support their staff during his treatment after admission.More

Current law restricts millions of Americans' access to telehealth services
The Washington Post
Several of the nation's largest pharmacies and health-care companies are urging lawmakers to expand the types of telehealth services that can be covered by government insurance programs, arguing that an outdated federal law is limiting the number of Americans who can access telemedicine. Under current law, only telemedicine services offered through rural hospitals and clinics are covered by Medicare, according to a section of the Social Security Act that regulates how Medicare reimburses for telemedicine.More

A dozen fees providers may soon charge patients
Now that hospitals and other providers have become highly invested in nickel-and-diming their patients with fees that have little to do with the care they actually provide (they're also addition to the facility fees becoming more and more commonplace), here are some suggestions for some new fees.More

Education, outreach reduce unnecessary lab tests
Providers who better understand the specific uses of different kinds of laboratory tests order fewer unnecessary tests and provide better patient care, Medscape Medical News reported from the American Society for Clinical Pathology conference.More