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March 19, 2013
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  • Cleveland Clinic, Community Health Systems forge collaboration
    Cleveland Clinic and Community Health Systems are joining forces to "enhance patient care, improve access to health care services, reduce costs and drive operational excellence,” the groups said in a release. The two groups, which will remain separate entities, will focus initially on: quality alliance, which will be achieved through clinical integration and other measures; cardiovascular services; and clinical and operational services, including initiatives such as telemedicine. Healthcare Informatics online (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Management 
  • Survey shows growing physician turnover
    Data from the yearly Physician Retention Survey revealed mean physician turnover in 2012 was 6.8%, up from 6.5% in 2011 and 5.9% in 2009. Thirty-six percent of responding medical groups said they expected to see an increase in physician retirement this year. (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  E-Health Watch 
  • Cardiovascular IT systems make progress with enterprise integration
    Vendors increasingly are developing cardiovascular IT systems that integrate with the entire health care enterprise, a trend highlighted at the 2013 American College of Cardiology meeting. This blog discusses ways that the technology is improving, including that cardiovascular IT systems are seeing increased focus on functionality, mobility and interoperability. Healthcare Informatics online (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Poll shows consumers' concerns over health data security
    Seventy-three percent of consumers said they would be very or somewhat concerned if a health care provider accessed their medical data using a personal mobile device, according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute. Five percent of respondents said they would not be at all concerned, and 18% were neutral on the issue. (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Products & Innovation 
  Policy & Reform Spotlight 
  • Feds could step in to help some states run insurance exchanges
    If some states that were given conditional approval to set up health insurance exchanges are not be able to meet the Oct. 1 deadline for open enrollment, the federal government may need to get involved, HHS official Gary Cohen said. "I'm absolutely confident that every state will have an exchange that will be functioning and ready. The type of exchange may be different," Cohen said. Reuters (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACC News 
  • ACC.13 Lives On...line
    Although ACC.13 is over, iScience, the ACC.13 Meeting on Demand program, has more than 400 hours of presentations from the meeting, including the TCT@ACC-i2 interventional cardiology pathway and Late Breaking Clinical Trials. iScience can be purchased online, and provides access to presenters’ slides while listening to fully synchronized audio. Other key features include online access from any computer, streaming content on iPad® and most mobile devices, downloadable MP3 files, and more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Join ACC’s Cardiac Biomarkers Clinical Community
    The American College of Cardiology (ACC) offers a number of online, topic-focused clinical communities for its members. In particular, the Cardiac Biomarkers Community serves as a forum for discussions on topics related to current and relevant biomarker news and research, and encourages interaction between clinical disciplines (e.g. cardiovascular, emergency medicine, and laboratory providers), as well as between clinicians, and researchers through case challenges, polls and more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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