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More than 1,000 waivers granted for health care law
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The Department of Health and Human Services posted 126 new health care reform waivers on Friday, bringing the number of organizations being granted a temporary exemption from requirements in the health care reform law to 1,040, the Hill reports. The waivers, which are typically granted to "mini-med" organizations that provide limited coverage and cannot meet the annual coverage limits mandated by the health care reform law, were meant as a stopgap measure to prevent a disruption in the insurance market upon implementation of the new legislation. More



Use of health information technology to manage frequently presenting ED patients
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The effective and efficient management of frequently presenting emergency department (ED) patients is a challenge for many EDs. This group of patients is among the most complicated as they generally have complex medical and social maladies. Frequently presenting ED patients have higher incidences of chronic medical conditions, higher overall mortality rates, incur higher health care costs, and are admitted more frequently than the overall ED population. An extreme example is a report of nine frequently presenting ED patients in Texas who accounted for approximately 2700 emergency room visits and $9 million in health care charges over a six-year period. As ED volumes rise and the national debate on health care reform continues, appropriate and efficient care of the frequently presenting ED patient has become a priority. More

Health care reform focuses on prevention
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U.S. health care reform provides the first true opportunity to elevate nation's commitment disease prevention and wellness promotion, researchers say. Lead author and public health professor Kenneth DeVille and co-author Dr. Lloyd Novick, both of the Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, suggest the ultimate success of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will depend on the level of public support. More

1 in 5 patients at California ERs leaves without being seen
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Upwards of one-fifth of patients who seek care at one of California's hospital emergency departments leave before being seen by anyone, new research reveals. Rates of "leaves without being seen" varied widely across the state and according to the type of facility in question. And while the study authors said their results can't be extrapolated to the rest of the nation, the trend does seems to be hitting disadvantaged patients the hardest. More

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Drug overdoses in ER lead to $1.4 billion in annual charges
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Americans who overdose on drugs, whether prescribed or not, are flooding the nation's hospital emergency rooms and racking up nearly $1.5 billion a year in emergency room charges, reports the New York Times. The study, published in this month's issue of the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, used data from the 2007 Nationwide Emergency Department Sample, which has data on 27 million ER visits to nearly 1,000 hospital emergency rooms nationwide. More

Georgia takes first step toward health care reform
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State lawmakers took their first official step Monday toward complying with federal health care reform by designing an insurance marketplace that will change the way many Georgians get health coverage. A House subcommittee unanimously approved a bill (H.B. 476) that would create the Georgia Health Exchange Authority, an arm of state government that would run a state-based insurance exchange -- a central part of the nation's new health care law. More

Billions at stake as medical records go digital
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If you have visited your doctor recently, you may have noticed a change: Going away are those familiar manila folders tucked in a rack on the exam room door, and here to stay are discreet clickings on a computer as you discuss your sniffles or sprains. For years, electronic health records have been promoted as a way to lower costs and enhance patient care. Over the next months, billions of federal dollars will flow to doctors and hospitals to help them install the latest technology. The idea is that by the end of 2014 — just around the corner for a project this ambitious — patients' records will follow them on a secure network as they change doctors or travel. More

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Survey: Half of Americans concerned that EHRs will negatively impact the privacy of their personal health information
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CDW Healthcare recently announced the results of a national survey on patient perceptions of electronic health records (EHRs) and the security of personal health information (PHI). The report, “Elevated Heart Rates: EHR and IT Security,” found that while patients trust their doctors to protect their information, 49 percent believe that EHRs will have a negative impact on the privacy of their PHI and health data. More

New research finds OSS for health IT may be more secure than other systems
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Globally the sale of health care information systems is a multibillion dollar industry. The vast costs, frequent failed systems, and inability of systems to talk to each other regularly attract media comment. However policy makers still shy away from a class of software, Open Source, that could address many of these problems, because of worries about the safety and security of Open Source systems. Now new research by the University of Warwick's Institute for Digital Healthcare, and the Centre for Health Informatics and Multiprofessional Education at UCL Medical School, finds that Open Source software may actually be more secure than its often more expensive alternatives. More

Health care reform in Massachusetts has not solved medical bankruptcy
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Despite politicians’ claims to the contrary, Massachusetts’ mandatory health insurance scheme, although vastly expanding coverage, has not significantly ameliorated the rates of medical bills- and illness-induced bankruptcies in the state, suggesting the need for improved redesign of health insurance prior to the national adoption of Massachusetts’ mandatory health coverage system, according to a study published March 8 in the American Journal of Medicine. More
 
 

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