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5 ICD-10 tasks to complete by the end of 2014
EHR Intelligence
Believe it or not, the winter holiday season is nearly upon us, and ICD-10 is tops on the list of projects that are likely to be put aside in favor of office parties and family vacations. While the new code set will not come into effect until Oct. 1, 2015, if the current implementation date holds, there are plenty of ICD-10 tasks that providers should consider getting under way before the end-of-the-year slump.
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Research: American doctors are 'drowning in paperwork'
By Scott E. Rupp
According to a new study, U.S. doctors spend nearly 17 percent of their working lives on nonpatient-related paperwork — time that might otherwise be spent caring for patients. The findings also suggest that the more time doctors spend on such tasks, the unhappier they are about having chosen medicine as a career. This research parallels that of another recent study, which suggests that U.S. patients may face growing challenges accessing care if shifting patterns in medical practice configurations and physician workforce trends continue.
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New Jersey hospitals relying on standard procedures to screen patients for Ebola
NJBIZ
New Jersey hospitals, to flag potential Ebola cases, routinely ask patients if they have traveled to western Africa and that travel history is included in the patient's electronic medical record. New Jersey has yet to have a confirmed case of Ebola, whose toll of devastation in western Africa since the epidemic began nearly a year ago now stands at more than 13,000 cases and nearly 5,000 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.
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Ebola ranks among Americans' top 3 healthcare concerns
Gallup
Healthcare costs (19 percent) and access (18 percent) continue to rank among the leading issues Americans cite when asked what they consider to be the country's "most urgent health problem." But Ebola, mentioned by 17 percent, now joins these perennial concerns as one of Americans' top health worries.
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Christie signs bill requiring hospitals to train caregivers of discharged patients
The Star-Ledger via NJ.com
New Jersey became the second state in the country to pass a law that will require hospitals to provide caregivers instructions and training on how to carry out their responsibilities when loved ones are discharged home. The legislation was drafted at the request of the AARP, which has made passing a caregiver law a priority nationwide. Only Oklahoma has a caregiver law.
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Smoother start, but some struggle with HealthCare.gov
USA Today
Sign-ups have generally gone more smoothly than last year for HealthCare.gov, although some consumers and insurance agents are having problems with the site that are reminiscent of last fall's open enrollment experiences. Numerous log-in and password failures were reported, but federal officials call these cases the exception.
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Physician shortage to hit hospital bottom lines
Fierce Health Finance
Hospital executives are challenged to recruit physicians, given their costs and the limits of the labor pool, but their inability to get ahead of the issue may start to hurt their organizations' bottom lines, reported Fortune magazine. By 2020, the nation will be short by about 91,000 doctors, with half of the deficit in primary care, based on data from the Association of American Medical Colleges. And while medical school enrollments are at an all-time high, the number of residency positions — which are funded by the federal government — has gone mostly unchanged for years.
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The role of simulation in the reduction of medical errors
By Joan Spitrey
If you have taken a CPR class in the last few decades, you are familiar with Resusci Anne, the manikin used for learning CPR. The first Anne was invented to provide life-like training in the 1960s, and her soft helpless face was to inspire the rescuer to want to help the "dead" person. Today, the use of simulation has evolved way beyond the initial revolutionary thoughts of the first creators of Anne. The use of simulations is now an integral part of most healthcare providers' curricula.
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Why every young physician should have a professional Twitter account
The Huffington Post
Unlike Facebook or LinkedIn, Twitter allows you to follow many people online without requiring an invitation or acceptance from fellow users. It takes an easy click to follow professional journals, health policy foundations and/or health care leaders without feeling creepy or fearing rejection from the community.
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