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NJAFP call for research posters
NJAFP
A call for posters is being issued for presentation at the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians 2015 Scientific Assembly. This event will provide an opportunity to exhibit a research project to approximately 200-250 family physicians attending this educational seminar. The research must be of interest and educational value to the specialty of family medicine and conducted by an NJAFP physician member, a New Jersey Family Medicine resident, or a New Jersey medical student. Those wishing to submit a poster for consideration must be registered to attend the 2015 Scientific Assembly. Awards will be given to completed research in the student, resident, and physician categories. Click here to download the application.
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Experience the NJAFP Scientific Assembly: Registration is now open
NJAFP
It is time to pack your bags and head for the shore to join your colleagues for four days of CME, networking and an opportunity to make family medicine stronger. For more information, visit the NJAFP website, or to register, click here.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Why doesn't New Jersey have any 5-star hospitals?
NJ.com
The federal government recently debuted an online tool that lets consumers compare the patient experience at hospitals around the country through its "star" ratings. A quick stroll through the spreadsheet shows that New Jersey has not a single five-star hospital. It has four four-star hospitals (Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, Deborah Heart & Lung Center in Browns Mills, Virtua West Jersey Hospitals, Berlin, and Inspira Medical Center in Elmer), while the other 58 facilities get just one, two or three stars.
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South Jersey hospitals team up to improve access to behavioral care
Newsworks.org
Five South Jersey healthcare providers are banding together to offer better mental health services. Healthcare leaders from throughout South Jersey attended a kickoff event to announce the partnership among Inspira, Virtua, Lourdes, Kennedy and Cooper hospitals.
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Should hospitals compete in the health insurance market?
By Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
I believe in capitalism, and I believe that a company shouldn't be ashamed of trying to make a profit. After all, staying in business is the name of the game. But when it comes to your health, entities involved in healthcare should care about your well-being in addition to caring about making money. However, insurance companies really don't care. They don't care about you. They don't care about me. Their entire business model is built on the idea that you pay them a monthly premium, and they do everything in their power not to pay any benefits.
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How the cloud targets meaningful use requirements
EHR Intelligence
The medical sector is geared toward adopting EHR systems and enhancing data exchange among hospitals and physician practices in order to improve care, lower costs, and increase positive population health outcomes. One health information exchange system called Healthcare Access San Antonio (HASA) has recently adopted a cloud platform to better engage patients and more effectively meet meaningful use requirements.
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How to talk to patients about advanced directives
By Joan Spitrey
April 16 has been designated as National Healthcare Decision Day. This movement came out of the passion and frustration of founder Nathan Kottkamp. As a member of several hospital ethics committees, he was repeatedly challenged with trying to interpret healthcare decisions for people who had no advanced directives. Anyone working in a hospital — especially a critical care area — can certainly relate. Although most healthcare providers would agree that all patients should have an advanced directive, they often shy away from having the conversation with their patients.
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The problem with satisfied patients
The Atlantic
When healthcare is at its best, hospitals are four-star hotels, and nurses, personal butlers at the ready — at least, that's how many hospitals seem to interpret a government mandate. When Department of Health and Human Services administrators decided to base 30 percent of hospitals' Medicare reimbursement on patient satisfaction survey scores, they likely figured that transparency and accountability would improve healthcare.
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Congress votes raise for doctors in Medicare payments
Bloomberg
The Senate passed and sent to President Barack Obama legislation to avert a pay cut for doctors who treat Medicare patients, just hours before reductions would start affecting physicians. The Senate voted 92-8 in favor of the measure after rejecting amendments that would have required additional House action.
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