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More NJ healthcare organizations to start ACOs, get chance at Medicare incentives
NJBIZ
Two New Jersey healthcare systems, Capital Health and Inspira Health Network, are among six healthcare organizations serving New Jersey and 89 nationwide chosen by Medicare to join its Accountable Care Organization program, where healthcare providers can get financial rewards for improving the quality of care while also cutting out wasted spending.
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Most NJ physicians report the changing healthcare environment negatively impacts their role as a doctor
newjerseynewsroom.com
The vast majority of New Jersey physicians (89.89 percent) believe that the changing healthcare environment has negatively impacted their role as a physician, according to a just-released survey. Of those, more than 86 percent said that they felt an increased administrative burden as a result of the changing environment, while 60.34 percent each said that it also led to reduced time spent with patients, reduced or increased reimbursement, and a greater expenditure on technology, revealed Brach Eichler's 2014 New Jersey Health Care Monitor.
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Medicare pushing coordinated care efforts for chronic conditions
RevCycle Intelligence
With two new fees, Medicare is adding incentives for doctors to better coordinate care for patients with chronic conditions. Back in November, the Department of Health and Human Services released the 2015 final physician fee schedule rule. One piece of the rule that was overlooked, but could have a major impact on the healthcare revenue cycle, is the inclusion of a code for chronic care management.
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Physicians, patients pessimistic about healthcare's future
HealthLeaders Media
Easily accessible technology tools are being used by both doctors and patients, but there's a notable gap between them, and plenty of grumbling — not unlike what's been seen in other industries roiled by massive change. Mention the phrase "healthcare technology," and many images may come to mind: headache-inducing EHRs, Fitbits or e-visits. Those are included in the broad scope of technology tools a recent study on consumers' and physicians' assessment of healthcare as well as social media channels, such as Twitter, Facebook and blogs that offer ways for physicians and patients to communicate.
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How data on patient outcomes can help clinicians improve care quality
FierceHealthIT
Using and comparing data about patient outcomes can help clinicians work to improve care, as well as start conversations about quality improvement, according to a case study published in eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to increase patient outcomes.) For the study, the researchers wanted to create a way to systematically detect or evaluate patient-level outcomes of care. They came up with ExPLORE Clinical Practice — an Internet-based tool on comparative outcomes.
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ICD-10 resources from CMS can help providers develop a transition plan tailored to their specialty and rate of progress.
EHR Intelligence
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has provided a number of transition resources to providers who may not be sure what is required for the ICD-10 switch or how to achieve transition benchmarks. Among these Road to 10 tools is an interactive timeline feature, which allows providers to select their practice type, size, progress, and business partners to formulate a personalized plan.
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Urgent care providers: Tips for a severe flu season
By Robin Shannon
Urgent care providers are preparing for the onslaught of patients as the flu season reaches its peak — and recent news indicates that we could be in for the worst flu season in quite some time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned of a severe flu season this year, after findings suggested that the flu vaccine was less effective than in previous years. Currently, influenza A H3N2 is the most common virus strain seen by providers, and this year's vaccine did not inoculate against this particular strain.
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Half of docs may not attest to Stage 2 meaningful use in 2015
Health Data Management
Fifty-five percent of physicians do not plan to attest to Stage 2 meaningful use in 2015, according to a survey of almost 2,000 members of SERMO, a social network for physicians. Doctors cited "patient engagement, lack of workflow usability and excessive time consumption" as reasons for not attesting to Stage 2 MU this year. The survey results reflect the struggles that physicians have been experiencing in meeting stage 2 requirements.
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Survey: Resident physicians flooded with job solicitations
Healthcare Dive
A greater number of doctors are swamped by recruiting offers: 63 percent received 51 or more job solicitations during their training, and 46 percent received 100 or more, according to the latest survey by Merritt Hawkins, a national physician search firm and a company of AMN Healthcare. While this data is interesting, none of it is surprising. For years, we've known that the national physician shortage would impact demand, and this is especially true in today's post-ACA era.
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Tips for reducing HIPAA violation risks
Health IT Outcomes
The need to attend to data security in increasing exponentially as enforcement tightens and the risk of significant financial penalties for HIPAA violations looms. To that end, a new white paper by Core Security provides some guidance for keeping data safe and avoiding risks of compromised patient information.
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