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CMS releases updated proposed rule for MACRA, eases burden on small and rural practices
FierceHealthcare: The proposed rule would amend some existing requirements and also contains new policies for doctors and clinicians that would encourage participation in either Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) or the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
Additional news media reports on MLH physicians and the health care industry, excerpted from MLH’s daily Morning News Report:
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Delco Debuts Drug-Collecting Van In Opioid Epidemic Fight
Patch.com: County officials are working the health-systems to install drug drop boxes at area hospitals. Drug drop boxes are currently located at Crozer-Keystone Medical Center and Riddle Hospital.
Kate Bilo Hospitalized Following Multiple Blood Clots In Lungs
CBS3: “Most pregnant women have some swelling in the legs to begin with, so the blood flow through the legs isn’t normal. And then often they aren’t moving around as much, especially after having a baby, so that combination of things will often lead to this condition,” said Dr. Joseph Bushra, who is the chief of emergency medicine at Lankenau Medical Center.
30 things for ASC leaders to know for June
Becker’s ASC Review: Bryn Mawr Hospital recently opened an orthopedic surgery center, which marked a milestone with its first surgery this month. The center is on the fourth floor of a $15 million building and features nine operating rooms.
Regional Health Care News
Methadone is getting an image rehab as opioid crisis deepens
Philly.com: Nearly a half-century into the “war on drugs,” with a new wave of opioid addiction at crisis proportions, a handful of commercial health insurers are beginning to cover methadone maintenance, the oldest and best-researched treatment for addiction to heroin and prescription pain relievers.
Medical marijuana dispensary permits announced for Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Business Journal: The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced the granting of 27 dispensary permits for medical marijuana dispensaries.
Patient Care News…
Study finds racial disparities in readmission rates for Medicare patients
FierceHealthcare: “Our findings suggest that the risk-reduction strategies adopted by Medicare Advantage plans have not succeeded in lowering the markedly higher rates of readmission for black patients compared to white patients,” the researchers concluded.
Study: Adults with mental illness account for more than half of U.S. opioid prescriptions
MedCity News: The results prompted researchers to suggest that improving pain management for people with mental health problems “is critical to reduce national dependency on opioids.”
Seniors Miss Out On Clinical Trials
Kaiser Health News: The newest evidence of the problem comes from a Food and Drug Administration analysis, which found that only 25 percent of patients participating in cancer clinical trials were 65 and older. The analysis, which has not yet been published, was presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual meeting in June.
Quality and Safety News…
- Diff Infections Are Falling, Thanks To Better Cleaning And Fewer Antibiotics
NPR: The risk of getting a deadly, treatment-resistant infection in a hospital or nursing home is dropping for the first time in decades, thanks to new guidelines on antibiotic use and stricter cleaning standards in care facilities.
Health Care Business News…
Want to Recruit and Retain Physicians? Invest in Them
HealthLeaders Media: Reading Health System CEO Clint Matthews says physicians need to be partners in strategy, but to be effective, they may need to go back to school.
Report: Telehealth use not keeping pace with interest
Provider rating systems: Yea or nay?
MedCity News: An NEJM Catalyst article claims “our current rating methodologies are so woefully inadequate that not only do they fail to accurately identify high- and low-quality providers, but they may also falsely accuse good providers of being bad ones.”
6 healthcare groups respond to CMS’ proposed MACRA rule — EHRs, telehealth & more
Becker’s Hospital Review: The proposed rule would reduce the reporting period for the program’s advancing care information category and allow clinicians to use EHRs certified under the ONC’s 2014 criteria, among other changes.
Thanks to AI, you’ll never be ignored at a hospital again CNET.com Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia decided to work with audio giant Harman and IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence technology. Together, they developed smart speakers that will respond to about a dozen commands. When a patient says “Watson,” the speakers can, for instance, play calming sounds and adjust the room’s lighting, thermostat and blinds.
Artificial intelligence is giving healthcare cybersecurity programs a boost
Healthcare IT News: AI has the ability to enhance technology’s ability to identify malicious activity and attackers and to protect systems and data, healthcare cybersecurity experts said.