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Board completes model guidelines for telehealth licensing
The Federation of State Medical Boards has developed model interstate licensing guidelines to streamline the approval process to allow physicians to provide telehealth services and remote care across state lines. "State legislatures and medical boards can now begin to consider the adoption of this model legislation establishing an interstate medical licensure compact," said FSMB president and CEO Dr. Humayun Chaudhry. EHR Intelligence
Panel discusses pros and cons of hospital mergers
Hospital mergers and acquisitions have not led to substantial health care efficiencies or cost reductions, some panelists at a health care conference said. Others said consolidation is necessary to comply with requirements to implement EHR systems and has led to innovation and more efficient use of services. Politico
EMR use is time-consuming for some physicians
Research published in JAMA Internal Medicine revealed attending doctors had a mean free time loss of 48 minutes per clinic day stemming from EMR use. Data also showed 89.8% of respondents agreed that at least one data management function became slower following EMR implementation, while a third reported spending more time finding and reviewing health data. BeckersHospitalReview.com
New ACC App Helps You Connect With Congress
ACC members can now engage with lawmakers and influence health policy during Legislative Conference and throughout the year with the new ACC Advocacy Action mobile app. The app includes an interactive congressional directory to locate lawmakers, timely talking points to share during congressional visits, an event scheduler to keep track of Capitol Hill meetings, social media tools to engage with legislators, and more. Attending ACC's 2014 Legislative Conference? Be sure to search "ACC Advocacy Action" in your app store to download it ahead of the event so you have all of the information and tools you need at your fingertips. The app is available on iTunes (iPhone, iPad) and Google Play (Android devices).
Expert Journal Club Faculty to Discuss HEAT-PPCI: UFH vs. Bivalirudin in PPCI
The next ACC Journal Club will take place Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. ET, with a discussion on "Unfractionated Heparin Versus Bivalirudin in Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: An Open-Label, Single Centre, Randomised Controlled Trial," published in The Lancet. This innovative online educational series provides ACC members with the opportunity to interact with speakers and fellow audience members, and post questions and comments to a discussion board. For those unable to join online, the option to call-in and listen to an audio version is also available. The program provides opportunity to earn American Board of Internal Medicine Maintenance of Certification Part II points. Participate in the discussion and learn more at CardioSource.org.
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