Report: Smoking tied to higher sudden infant death risk
A report by the Public Health Wales revealed 25 of 45 babies who suffered sudden infant death lived in homes that had smokers. Sleep position, low birth weight and co-sleeping were also among factors that raised the risk of sudden infant death, researchers said. BBC
Many states with SHIP funding want greater telehealth investment
An Accenture report showed 19 of 25 states that received funding for State Health Care Innovation Plans aim to boost telehealth investments this year as they launch new initiatives for Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Fifteen states plan to invest in patient portals and digital tools to cut costs, while 14 states intend to invest in data aggregation and analytics to bolster population health. MobiHealthNews.com
|Making the Most of Meaningful Use: Why Choosing the Right EHR Matters|
Healthcare professionals understand how EHRs can increase patient engagement and the quality of care. What's not clear is how to choose the right EHR vendor or how to transition to a new EHR smoothly and within government guidelines. This guide provides an overview of Meaningful Use, highlights the requirements for 2015, and provides tips for selecting the right EHR to avoid penalties and position your practice for continued success in the future. Read now.
Study links higher Medicaid payments to more appointments
A study published online in the New England Journal of Medicine linked higher Medicaid payments to primary care clinicians in 10 states to a 7.7% increase in the availability of primary care appointments. States with the biggest increases in primary care Medicaid payments saw the biggest increases in availability, but wait times for new-patient appointments were not affected, the study said. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News
Docs ask ONC to overhaul EHR MU program
A group of 35 medical organizations, led by the American Medical Association, is asking the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to implement major changes in the EHR meaningful use initiative, arguing the program in its current form could compromise patient safety. Among the coalition's recommendations are to separate the MU program from EHR certification and take another look at software testing alternatives. The Hill
|The IDC Market Spotlight on Network Automation and Agility|
The arrival of virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility has strained data center networks—and IT staff—like never before. This Market Spotlight explains how data center network fabrics provide a foundation for automated provisioning, configuration, and management of network-based services in a new era of IT agility. Download now.
|Health Policy & Regulations
Insurance enrollment through HealthCare.gov reaches 7.1 million
More than 400,000 people used HealthCare.gov for the first time to enroll in a health insurance plan Jan. 10-16, bringing total enrollment through the exchange to more than 7.1 million, the Obama administration announced. The total does not include people who enrolled through state-run exchanges. Reuters
Senate Republicans introduce bill to repeal ACA's individual mandate
A bill introduced by Senate Republicans would repeal the Affordable Care Act's requirement for nearly all Americans to have health insurance. The individual mandate is considered the ACA's linchpin, and its repeal would destabilize insurance markets and force higher premiums, analysts, insurers and others say. Reuters
|The Last Word - News from the AAP
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Sleep: What Every Parent Needs to Know
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