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CMS says it wants to cut paperwork. Providers have ideas.

Healthcare Dive: CMS says it wants to cut red tape, and players across the healthcare industry are weighing in with a plethora of suggestions. The agency received roughly 440 comments in response to its Patients over Paperwork initiative in which provider, payer and pharma groups lobbied to reduce the individual regulatory requirements they say cut into their bottom lines.

Additional news media reports on MLH physicians and the health care industry, excerpted from MLH’s daily Morning News Report:

Main Line Health News…
Philadelphia hospital residency slots fetch $55M at auction

Associated Press: More than 550 residency slots at a Philadelphia teaching hospital have fetched a $55 million winning bid at a bankruptcy auction ahead of the facility’s impending closure.

Christiana Care Health System, Cooper University Health Care, and Main Line Health joined Einstein Healthcare Network, Jefferson Health and Temple University Health System in the winning bid.


Regional Health News…
Philadelphia officials declare health emergency over hepatitis A outbreak

The Inquirer: Philadelphia health officials have declared an emergency over an outbreak of hepatitis A in the city that has affected 154 people since January, and are calling for health providers to increase vaccinations to combat the liver disease.


Quality and Safety News…

To Find The Next Antibiotic, Scientists Give Old Drugs A New Purpose

NPR: With antibiotic-resistant bacteria on the rise, scientists are urgently trying to find drugs that will work against persistent infections. But coming up with new ones does not have to be the only strategy. A recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that they can repurpose bithionol — a drug formerly used to treat parasitic infections in horses — to kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including MRSA, a common hospital-acquired infection.


Patient Care News…
For the first time, U.S. panel recommends screening adults for illicit drug use

STAT: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has determined, for the first time, that there is enough evidence to state with “moderate certainty” that screening adults for illicit substance use is overall beneficial.


Study shows Apple devices in combo with apps could identify dementia

Reuters: Drugmaker Eli Lilly said on Thursday early results from a study suggest that Apple Inc devices, including the iPhone, in combination with digital apps could differentiate people with mild Alzheimer’s disease dementia and those without symptoms.


Residency Bullying: Trainer on Trainee Harassment Common

Medscape: In a survey administered to a national cohort of internal medicine residents, 14% reported that they had been subjected to repeated harassment by someone in a position of authority at some point during their residency, researchers report in a study published online today in JAMA.

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