ABIM weighs issues with MOC grandfathering
The American Board of Internal Medicine says it is looking at problems with its Maintenance of Certification language and reporting with respect to grandfathered physicians who can opt out of MOC requirements. The American Board of Medical Specialties website does not list grandfathered doctors as meeting MOC requirements, something Dr. Mack Harrell, president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, calls "a scarlet letter." Clinical Endocrinology News
More physicians cite retirement as reason for leaving medicine
A survey by the American Medical Group Association and Cejka Search revealed the number of doctors that cited retirement as a reason for leaving medical group practice rose to 18% in 2013, marking an all-time high. Researchers said physician turnover rates remained stable from 2012 to 2013 at 6.8%, though still significantly higher than the 5.9% rate seen in 2009. BeckersHospitalReview.com
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Hospital Compare's fall info update restricted to 2 metrics
The October update of the CMS' Hospital Compare website will be limited to two areas of information -- Medicare Spending per Beneficiary and aggregate payment data -- due to system upgrades, the agency stated. Additional metrics will be updated in December, including data on hospital-associated infections and rates of surgical complications following hip and knee procedures. BeckersHospitalReview.com
Automated EHR alerts can cut catheter-associated UTIs, study says
A study conducted by Penn Medicine researchers found that automated alerts in EHRs can decrease catheter-associated urinary tract infections among hospital patients. The alerts, which were deployed in two phases, prompt providers to cite the reason for inserting a catheter and notify them to reassess the need for the tube if it has not been removed within a suggested time frame. The rate of UTIs among patients with catheters fell to 0.50 per 1,000 patient days from 0.84 after full implementation. Healthcare Informatics online
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Study: Telemedicine shows promise in boosting access to stroke care
A study in the journal Stroke found that telemedicine can boost access to stroke care for patients in rural communities. Researchers found a correlation between the implementation of a telemedicine network and a significant increase in the proportion of people treated for transient ischemic attack and stroke at facilities with telestroke units. The study examined data from February 2003 to December 2012. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News
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Discover strategies for enhancing patient recognition of signs and symptoms
Hospital to Home (H2H), a quality initiative under the ACC's Quality Improvement for Institutions program, is offering a new webinar on tools and strategies for signs and symptoms of heart failure and acute myocardial infarction on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 1 p.m. ET. Designed for all members of the cardiac care team, the program addresses ways in which hospitals and care team members can improve transitions of care for patients hospitalized with heart failure and acute myocardial infarction by enabling patients to recognize early warning signs and develop a plan to address them. During the webinar, participants will learn how to achieve success through the use of specific tools and resources available through H2H. Register for the webinar.
Taking to the streets with patients
Andrew M. Freeman, M.D., FACC, chair of the ACC's Early Career Member Section & Leadership Council, and assistant professor and director of cardiology at National Jewish Health in Denver, was recently featured in a Cardiology Today piece on the Walk with a Doc program. Freeman established a Walk with a Doc program in 2010 that has since grown to include four walks in the Denver metropolitan area. Walk with a Doc programs, initially started by David Sabgir, M.D., FACC, in 2005, are a great way for physicians to interact with patients while also making a real difference in their care. In Freeman's case, they've also been a great way to build relationships with members of Congress and not only talk about, but show, how the cardiovascular profession is advancing patient care. Rep. Mike Coffman joined Freeman and a large number of patients at a recent walk in Denver. Learn more about Walk with a Doc. The ACC is committed to helping patients living with, or at risk of heart disease, make heart healthy lifestyle choices. Learn more about other patient-centered activities and find educational resources at CardioSmart.org.
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