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ArcheMedX, NJAFP address gaps in treatment for depression by expanding the MDD e-Learning program to physicians across the US
PRWeb
The New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians and ArcheMedX announced the launch of a new 10 part e-learning program designed to address educational and practice gaps in the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder, which remains a leading cause of disability throughout the world and currently afflicts 7 percent of the U.S. population every year. Given the continued difficulty in effectively treating patients who suffer from MDD, NJAFP and ArcheMedX have developed a more interactive and impactful online learning program that will assist physicians across the U.S. in more accurately diagnosing and effectively treating MDD.
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Debt collection becoming more necessary for physicians
Managed Care Contracting and Reimbursement Advisor via Health Leaders Media
Medical debt collection is becoming more important for physician practices as large deductibles and managed care plans shift more costs to the patient. Practices should review their policies on payment and collection to ensure they are up to date with the current demands for cash flow. At the same time, experts say physician practices need to ensure their procedure for appealing denied reimbursement claims is top notch. As healthcare dollars get squeezed, managed care companies will look for ways to deny more claims.
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Doctors, companies say physician payment database contains errors
The Wall Street Journal
Companies and doctors say there are a number of errors in a new U.S. government database that discloses pharmaceutical-company and medical-device company payments to physicians—mistakes that doctors complain give the public the wrong impression about their industry ties.
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CMS reopens meaningful use hardship exceptions to providers
EHR Intelligence
In what should come as good news for eligible professionals and hospitals in the EHR Incentive Programs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is reopening the submission period for meaningful use hardship exception applications. Both sets of eligible providers have until Nov. 30 to submit an application for a meaningful use hardship exemption to avoid the 2015 Medicare payment adjustment.
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Enterovirus blamed for death of 4-year-old in New Jersey
KABC-TV
Health officials in New Jersey are trying to calm parents' fears after a child died of the highly-contagious respiratory illness Enterovirus D68. And now, another student at the same school is recovering after being treated in the intensive care unit for similar symptoms.
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Cutting resident physician work hours has not led to lower-quality physicians
Medical Xpress
Amidst rising concerns about medical errors, residents' hours were capped at 80 per week in 2003 with shift lengths not to exceed 30 consecutive hours. To assess whether shortened residency training resulted in lower-quality physicians upon completion of residency (as measured by health outcomes of patients treated by newly independent physicians), Anupam Jena, assistant professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School and colleagues at Stanford School of Medicine studied data from more than 4 million Florida patients between 2000 and 2009.
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Airline passenger does not have Ebola virus, hospital officials in New Jersey say
The New York Times
A sick passenger traveling from Brussels to Newark Liberty International Airport was taken to a hospital in New Jersey amid concern that he could have the Ebola virus, but tests subsequently showed that he had an unrelated illness, hospital officials said.
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Survey of 20,000 physicians reports morale still low, but slightly improving
Forbes
A new survey of 20,000 physicians, commissioned by The Physicians Foundation, reports that 56 percent of physicians describe their morale as negative. However, optimism has increased over 12 percentage points — from 32 to 44 percent optimistic — since 2012. There are a number of reasons for both the overall continued pessimism as well as the renewed optimism.
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Lessons healthcare workers can learn from Ebola crisis in Dallas
By Joan Spitrey
As many are aware, the first travel-associated case of Ebola in the United States was confirmed on Sept. 30. The CDC and other key government officials have converged on the Dallas metropolitan area as contacts are identified and educated on signs and symptoms of the disease. As the story unfolded, hospital officials confirmed that the patient had told a hospital nurse of his recent travel from Liberia before being released from the hospital. It appears a few lessons can be learned from this situation. Unfortunately, in healthcare, lessons often come at a cost — human lives.

[Update: The Ebola patient in Dallas died Wednesday, Oct. 8. Read the full story here.]


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