Providers can manage casualties from explosive events with CDC tool | New wound care center opens in Albany, Ore. | Aromatherapy might promote wound healing, study finds
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July 9, 2014
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Providers can manage casualties from explosive events with CDC tool
The CDC has designed a mobile application that providers can use during a bombing or other explosion to plan for and oversee mass casualties. The app offers clinical guidance to help clinicians and emergency responders understand blast injury patterns and easily evaluate and treat patients. AHA News Now (7/2)
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New wound care center opens in Albany, Ore.
The new Samaritan Wound Services clinic at Samaritan Medical and Diagnostics Center serves patients who previously received wound and ostomy care at Samaritan Albany General Hospital in Albany, Ore. The clinic offers comprehensive care at one location and is recruiting a physician who is board-certified in hyperbaric medicine and wound care to direct wound care services. Albany Democrat-Herald (Ore.) (7/2)
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Research, Technology & Innovation
Aromatherapy might promote wound healing, study finds
Olfactory receptors in human epidermis cells responded to the scent of synthetic sandalwood by producing chemical events that caused more skin cells to migrate to the surface, researchers report in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. The response was similar to the normal reaction to a wound, and the researchers plan future studies on aromatherapy as a wound healing treatment. (7/8), Discovery (7/7)
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Health Policy & Regulation
CMS proposes changes to Medicare Shared Savings program
The CMS proposed adding four new quality metrics and new quality incentives to its accountable care program. New metrics include educating patients on treatment costs, admissions to skilled nursing facilities after being discharged from a hospital and unplanned readmission rates for some patients. The CMS also sought comments on planned quality metrics for health outcomes, care coordination, prevention and the health of elderly populations, among others. California Healthline (7/7), Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (7/3)
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Webinar series addresses updates to meaningful use program
The CMS and the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange are planning a three-part webinar addressing the EHR incentive programs and recent changes to the meaningful use timeline and requirements. The resource is available to payers, providers, vendors and other stakeholders. EHR Intelligence (7/7)
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Electronic reimbursement through credit cards may carry fees
Insurers are transitioning to an electronic payment system that could reduce administrative burdens by helping providers match bills to individual patients and trace each patient billing transaction. However, some payers are sending payments through a virtual credit card, which deducts a fee of 1% to 4%, and providers can lose key information in virtual credit card transactions that is preserved in electronic fund transfers. HealthLeaders Media (7/7)
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