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Availity earns CAQH CORE Clearinghouse Product Phase III Certification Seal

Availity earns CAQH CORE Clearinghouse Product Phase III Certification Seal

Availity, the nation's largest real-time health information network, announced that it earned a CAQH Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange (CORE®) Clearinghouse Product Phase III Certification Seal. [More]

EHR documentation tools should be redesigned to meet physicians’ needs

When physicians prepare for patient visits, one of their first steps is to review clinic notes or health records that recap their patients' medical history. Since the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009, approximately 78 percent of office-based physicians have adopted electronic health records (EHR). [More]
Two new pilot programs launched to reduce hospital readmissions, ease overcrowding in ERs and lower healthcare costs

Two new pilot programs launched to reduce hospital readmissions, ease overcrowding in ERs and lower healthcare costs

The UCLA Center for Prehospital Care and collaborators from the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agency and the Glendale and Santa Monica fire departments are launching two pilot programs designed to reduce hospital readmissions, address overcrowding in emergency rooms, lower healthcare costs and boost patient satisfaction and quality of life. [More]
Prime Healthcare Services named 5th Largest For-Profit Hospital System in the U.S.

Prime Healthcare Services named 5th Largest For-Profit Hospital System in the U.S.

Prime Healthcare Services has recently been named the 5th Largest For-Profit Hospital System in the United States by Becker's Hospital Review and is listed in its 2015 10 Largest For-Profit Hospital Systems based on number of acute-care hospitals. [More]

HealthSouth to acquire home health agency operations of CareSouth Health System

HealthSouth Corporation, a leading provider of post-acute healthcare services, today announced its Encompass Home Health operating unit ("Encompass") has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the home health agency operations of CareSouth Health System, Inc. for a cash purchase price of $170 million. [More]
Colorado PERA now offers new hip and knee replacement benefit option for retirees in pre-Medicare program

Colorado PERA now offers new hip and knee replacement benefit option for retirees in pre-Medicare program

Taking a critical step in eliminating confusion around health care costs, as well as addressing a significant need among today's retired workers, Colorado Public Employees' Retirement Association announced it will now offer its retirees in the pre-Medicare program a new hip and knee replacement benefit option called PERACare Select. [More]
Mary Naylor named recipient of GSA's Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award

Mary Naylor named recipient of GSA's Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award

The Gerontological Society of America -- the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging -- has chosen Mary Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN, of the University of Pennsylvania as the 2015 recipient of the Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award. [More]
Proxsys Rx launches medication-focused transition of care program for hospitals, health systems

Proxsys Rx launches medication-focused transition of care program for hospitals, health systems

Proxsys Rx, the nation's largest Integrated Outpatient Pharmacy Provider (IOPP) is expanding its population health management services with the launch of a medication-focused transition of care program for hospitals and health systems. [More]
Genetic test that predicts recurrence of breast cancer may impact use of chemotherapy

Genetic test that predicts recurrence of breast cancer may impact use of chemotherapy

A genetic test that helps predict whether some women's breast cancer will recur might influence how chemotherapy is used, according to a study from Duke Medicine. [More]
Reducing hospital readmissions through Transitional Care: an interview with Rani Khetarpal

Reducing hospital readmissions through Transitional Care: an interview with Rani Khetarpal

Services provided to a patient whose medical and/or psychosocial problems require moderate or high-complexity medical decision making during transitions in care from an inpatient setting, partial hospital, observation status in a hospital, or skilled nursing facility to the patient’s community setting. [More]
PFF, Veracyte partner on U.S. survey exploring patients' diagnostic experiences with interstitial lung diseases

PFF, Veracyte partner on U.S. survey exploring patients' diagnostic experiences with interstitial lung diseases

The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation and Veracyte, Inc. announced that the organizations are partnering on a U.S. patient survey to advance understanding of patients' diagnostic experiences with interstitial lung diseases (ILDs), including idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). [More]

Yale study identifies new barrier to caring for chronic hepatitis C patients

Nearly one in four patients with chronic hepatitis C (HCV) are denied initial approval for a drug therapy that treats the most common strain of the infection, according to a Yale School of Medicine study. [More]
Use of observation stays may lead to financial burden for some Medicare patients

Use of observation stays may lead to financial burden for some Medicare patients

In the midst of a growing trend for Medicare patients to receive observation care in the hospital to determine if they should be formally admitted, a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania shows that for more than a quarter of beneficiaries with multiple observation stays, the cumulative out-of-pocket costs of these visits exceeds the deductible they would have owed for an inpatient hospital admission. [More]
Symic receives $1.5M NIH Phase II SBIR grant to develop AVF therapeutic candidate

Symic receives $1.5M NIH Phase II SBIR grant to develop AVF therapeutic candidate

Platform therapeutic company Symic Biomedical, Inc. announced today that it has received a $1.5M Phase II SBIR grant from the National Institutes of Health to further develop its therapeutic agent to reduce arteriovenous fistula (AVF) failures, a significant unmet clinical need in end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients undergoing hemodialysis. [More]
Amgen to present data on Repatha (evolocumab) and observational studies at ESC Congress 2015

Amgen to present data on Repatha (evolocumab) and observational studies at ESC Congress 2015

Amgen today announced that it will present six abstracts at the upcoming ESC Congress 2015, organized by the European Society of Cardiology, being held Aug. 29 – Sept. 2 in London. [More]
Primary care physicians' starring role key to weight loss, find Johns Hopkins researchers

Primary care physicians' starring role key to weight loss, find Johns Hopkins researchers

A review of survey data from more than 300 obese people who participated in a federally funded weight loss clinical trial found that although the overall weight loss rates were modest, those who rated their primary care doctor's support as particularly helpful lost about twice as many pounds as those who didn't. [More]

ArroHealth included in Inc. Magazine's list of fastest-growing private companies in the U.S.

ArroHealth, a full-service provider of risk adjustment and HEDIS services for health plans and provider groups, has been named to Inc. Magazine's 34th annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. ArroHealth's significant revenue growth over the past four years qualified it for the distinguished list. [More]
Cyberonics reports record worldwide net sales of $81.0 million for first fiscal quarter 2016

Cyberonics reports record worldwide net sales of $81.0 million for first fiscal quarter 2016

Cyberonics, Inc. today announced results for the quarter ended July 24, 2015. [More]
Pitt unveils research-based guidance to improve compliance while treating sepsis

Pitt unveils research-based guidance to improve compliance while treating sepsis

As hospitals nationwide brace for rigorous mandates for care of septic patients that will be adopted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in October, a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine review unveils research-based guidance to improve compliance when treating this common and deadly syndrome. [More]

Rowan study reveals how exposure to Hurricane Sandy impacts mental health among older adults

Researchers from the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine presented findings at the "2015 Hurricane Sandy Conference: Translating Research into Practice," showing that strong neighborhood relationships reduced the incidence of symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among older adults exposed to Hurricane Sandy, the superstorm that devastated the Northeast United States. [More]
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