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November 15, 2012
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  First Focus 
  • More patients survive in-hospital cardiac arrest in U.S.
    The percentage of patients who survived in-hospital cardiac arrest significantly increased at 374 hospitals, from 13.7% in 2000 to 22.3% in 2009, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers reported a decline in the incidence of clinically significant neurologic disability among survivors. (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Quality incentives may save lives, U.K. study finds
    A University of Manchester study found linking hospital payments to performance on 28 quality measures, including heart attack treatment, as associated with a 1.3% drop in mortality rates. The improvements were not found outside the specialties included in the program, which offered up to a 4% incentive payment for hospitals that did well on the quality measures. The Washington Post/Wonkblog (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Management 
  • Costs affect how heart disease is treated, doctors say
    More cardiologists are considering the cost of treatment, in terms of drug prices, reimbursement and health reform, when deciding how to deliver patient care, according to presentations at the American Heart Association annual meeting. Dr. Mark Hlatky of Stanford University said rising health care costs "make it very pertinent for us to assess value." Yahoo/Reuters (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study suggests physicians need to change hand-off protocols
    Changing hand-off protocols among physicians and nurses between shifts could lead to better care and lower mortality, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. University of Michigan researchers who studied 23 shift hand-off sessions found physicians spent too much time talking about the first patients on the list and rushed through cases at the end, even though those patients may have needed more attention. HealthDay News (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. needs 52K additional doctors by 2025, study finds
    The U.S. will need about 52,000 more primary care doctors by 2025 to accommodate population growth, shifting demographics and provisions in the Affordable Care Act, a study found. Physician office visits are expected to increase from 462 million in 2008 to 565 million in 2025, researchers reported in the Annals of Family Medicine. (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  E-Health Watch 
  • Hardship exemption deadline extended by CMS
    The CMS has extended its deadline for filing hardship exemptions to avoid Medicare payment penalties next year. CMS groups and qualified professionals can claim the exemption on the CMS website until Jan. 31, 2013. Physicians who did not meet e-prescribing requirements could lose 1.5% of their Medicare payment rates next year without the exemption. Modern Medicine/Medical Economics (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Products & Innovation 
  • Advanced genome sequencing helps scientists stop MRSA outbreak
    Researchers stopped an outbreak of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus superbug in a hospital's pediatric ward through fast genome-sequencing technology. They identified a hospital worker as the source of the outbreak after performing the technique on 12 patients with MRSA strain and all the hospital's 154 staff. "This technology holds great promise for the quick and accurate identification of bacterial transmissions in our hospitals and could lead to a paradigm shift in how we manage infection control and practice," said Julian Parkhill, who worked on the study. Reuters (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Reform Spotlight 
  • Report: States offer funding to encourage PCMHs
    A report in the journal Health Affairs showed 25 states have adopted payment mechanisms that encourage the growth of patient-centered medical homes in the past six years. The report found that 14 states allow performance-based provider payments, four have a shared savings model and eight focus PCMHs on team-based care. Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACC News 
  • Celebrate the Great American Smokeout!
    Today marks the American Cancer Society’s 37th Annual Great American Smokeout which encourages smokers to make a plan to quit smoking or quit smoking on that day. Studies have shown that smoking cessation lowers the risk of diabetes, lung cancer and cardiovascular disease. In an effort to help patients quit smoking, the ACC’s CardioSmartTXT programming includes a specialized stream focused solely on smoking cessation. Patients can text QUIT to CARDIO (227346) for English or DEJA to CARDIO (227346) for Spanish to begin receiving weekly mobile text messages to help them stay on track. Get more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACC president shares view on state of cardiology in Grand Rounds
    ACC President William Zoghbi, MD, FACC, recently presented Grand Rounds at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. His presentation, which was broadcast live online, focused on the current state of cardiology. Zoghbi covered the good, the bad and the ugly of the American health care system, as well as included some exciting advances in the future of cardiovascular care. An archived version of the hour-long presentation is available for viewing. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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