Health systems form long-distance relationships for better care | Review: Happy patients mean better health metrics | Not everyone benefits from cancer screening, researchers say
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August 21, 2014
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Health systems form long-distance relationships for better care
North Shore-L.I.J. Health System in New York is among those partnering with Ohio-based Cleveland Clinic for cardiac care. The long-distance partnership is part of a national trend in which health systems collaborate over long distances in one area of specialization such as cardiology or orthopedics. The partnerships allow for the sharing of research, protocols and best practices in an effort to improve outcomes, and they enable national, self-insured employers to negotiate prices with specific health systems. Capital New York (8/20)
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Review: Happy patients mean better health metrics
Positive patient experience was associated with significant improvements in other health quality measures including medication adherence, clinical outcomes and patient safety, an analysis indicated. The findings were published in Health Care Research and Review. Modern Medicine/Medical Economics (8/20)
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Not everyone benefits from cancer screening, researchers say
Performing routine cancer screenings on patients near the end of their lives when they are unlikely to benefit from treatment can put them at risk of invasive and potentially harmful procedures, according to research published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers also found some screenings are inappropriate, such as cervical cancer tests for women who have undergone a hysterectomy. Reuters (8/18), HealthDay News (8/18), MedPage Today (free registration) (8/18)
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Practice & Hospital ManagementAdvertisement
Survey gauges hospitals' patient engagement efforts
Health care leaders responding to a survey said changing organizational culture is the biggest obstacle to raising patient experience scores. Patients who have a positive experience in health care have a higher likelihood in the future of being engaged in their own care, which can improve outcomes, reduce readmissions and lower spending, the research showed. HealthLeaders Media (8/14)
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Vascular Coding Help and More
SVU has launched its Advisory Services which includes a variety of resources including a hotline. Rely on us to be your coding expert and dial 301-459-7550, ext 106 and get your questions answered within 72 hours. There is a fee per call, but unlimited calls are free to members of the Vascular Practice Management Network. Learn More.
E-Health Watch
Report looks at physician views on HIE benefits
Data from the ONC's National Health Information Exchange and Interoperability Landscape report found 25% of physicians said that health information exchanges raise their practice's liabilities, while 64% said HIEs need multiple systems or portals. However, 80% said HIE adoption bolsters practice efficiency, and 89% cited improvements in care quality. (8/19)
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Toolkit provides assistance for EHR quality assurance
The American Health Information Management Association and the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity have developed a toolkit designed to provide health care organizations with resources to implement EHR documentation quality assurance programs. The toolkit features measurement, reporting and documentation standards. Clinical Innovation + Technology online (8/18)
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Spotlight on Innovation
Antibacterial gel could eliminate resistant superbugs
A new antibacterial gel composed of peptides has shown promise in killing drug-resistant bacteria including Pseudomonas aeruginosa, staphylococci and Escherichia coli. The gel penetrates the biofilm that can protect bacteria on the surfaces of medical implants such as catheters and hip replacements, according to a study in the journal Biomacromolecules. Science World Report (8/19)
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Costs & Reimbursement
Docs may gain monthly chronic care fees starting in Jan.
Medicare is set to provide monthly compensation to physicians who coordinate care for beneficiaries with two or more chronic conditions beginning in January. The new policy will also require doctors to draft a health care plan that will enable patient access 24/7. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (8/17)
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ACC News
NCDR Study Compares Radial vs. Femoral Approach in Women Undergoing PCI
In women undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention, a radial approach does not significantly reduce bleeding or vascular complications, compared to a femoral approach, according to a study published Aug. 18 in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. The study was led by Sunil V. Rao, MD, FACC, the Duke Clinical Research Institute, Durham, NC, and randomized 1,787 women undergoing cardiac catheterization or PCI to radial or femoral arterial access. Data from the ACC's CathPCI Registry and trial-specific data from the SAFE-PCI for Women trial were merged into a final study database. Read more on
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Attention sports fans! Countdown to the 3rd Annual ACC Sports Cardiology Summit
In a recent post on the ACC in Touch Blog, Christine E. Lawless, M.D., FACC, course director for the 2014 ACC Sports Cardiology Summit and past chair of the ACC Sports and Exercise Section, explains what's in store for attendees of the Summit, which will be held Sept. 12 and 13 in Indianapolis, Ind. "Course faculty planners promise to deliver an exciting blend of state-of-the-art lectures, cutting-edge original research, interactive workshops, real-world sports cardiology cases, and networking with peers and members of the ACC's Sports and Exercise Cardiology Section," notes Lawless. Read more on the ACC in Touch Blog.
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