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Election will leave Medicaid policies largely unchanged
The New York Times
The re-election of four Republican governors means that the future of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act is unlikely to change course.
Republicans in Florida, Wisconsin, Maine and Kansas won their bids for re-election. Three of them — Scott Walker in Wisconsin, Sam Brownback in Kansas and Mr. LePage in Maine — oppose expansion of the program.
Hospital ownership of doc groups leads to higher costs
Hospitals and healthcare systems may want to rethink plans to acquire physician practices to increase care coordination. A study finds that hospital ownership of physician groups in California led to a 10 to 20 percent increase in overall costs.
CMS boosts telehealth in 2015 physician pay schedule
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services unveiled some good news for telemedicine advocates, including several provisions in its 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule that advance access to and reimbursement for telemedicine services.
In all, Medicare payments to telehealth originating sites will increase by 0.8 percent in 2015.
New Jersey ranks 4th in hospital safety, latest report card says
New Jersey has the fourth-safest hospitals in the nation — the highest ranking the state has achieved in measuring how well patients are protected from mistakes, infections and injuries since the surveys began in 2012. The latest report card from The Leapfrog Group, a healthcare consumer education organization, revealed New Jersey has jumped from seventh best in April to fourth best today, based on 28 categories evaluating how hospitals prevented falls, bedsores, infections, and mistakes such as operating on the wrong body part.
Monitoring symptoms and controlling movement to stop spread of Ebola
CDC's fact sheet explains updated Monitoring and Movement guidance to protect America from Ebola. The guidance focuses on how people who may have been exposed to Ebola are monitored and whether or not their movement needs to be limited. Through this guidance, CDC and state and local health departments seek to support people who may have been exposed to Ebola, as well as those who have not been exposed. The guidance helps to make sure a system is in place to quickly recognize when people who develop symptoms may need to be routed to medical care. These actions will better protect people who may have been exposed to Ebola and America as a whole.
Poll: 71 percent back mandatory quarantines for Ebola health workers
More than seven in 10 Americans support mandatory quarantines for health professionals who have treated Ebola patients in West Africa, even if they have no symptoms, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
The survey shows that 71 percent of those surveyed say the health workers should be subject to a 21-day quarantine, while 24 percent disagree.
White House has concerns about New York, New Jersey Ebola quarantine orders
The White House has voiced concern to the governors of New York and New Jersey about the potential impact of quarantine orders imposed on medical workers returning from West Africa who had contact with Ebola patients, a senior administration official said. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made the decisions after a doctor who treated patients in Guinea came back to New York infected.
Ethical considerations of price displays for physicians
Transparency has been gaining momentum in most areas of medical practice over the past decade. While there has been much attention focused on patients' awareness of prices, comparatively less focus has been placed on programs to increase physician awareness of pricing structures.
In fact, previous research indicates that price displays provided to physicians can lead to reduced healthcare expenditures.
10 ways to apply social tools for an improved patient experience
By Christina Thielst
The pressures and drivers to reduce costs, improve quality, emphasize prevention and increase access are making social media and the underlying technologies more attractive to healthcare leaders. They can be effective and efficient tools for the delivery of communications to targeted individuals and/or populations. As a result, those leaders who recognize that we must change the way care is provided are starting to explore new ways of engaging patients across the continuum of care.
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