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Big Differences in U.S. Healthcare Costs for Fixing Back Pain

How much does spinal fusion surgery cost? The answer depends on what part of the country you live in, reports a study in the September 1 issue of Spine, published by Wolters Kluwer.

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Two New Pilot Programs Launching to Reduce Hospital Readmissions, Ease ER Overcrowding and Decrease 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.

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Clinic Notes Should Be Re-Engineered to Meet Needs of Physicians

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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). However, previous research found only 38 percent of physicians were highly satisfied with the system, and many believe the way a patient’s health information is displayed in EHRs reduces the efficiency and productivity of patient care. Now, in a new study, University of Missouri researchers say it is time to redesign EHR documentation tools to better meet the needs of physicians in order to deliver the best care to patients.

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Epidemiologist Available to Discuss Medical Overuse

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American College of Rheumatology Applauds FDA Draft Guidance Requiring Distinct Naming for Biosimilars

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) today praised the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for issuing draft guidance requiring separate and distinct names for biosimilars and biologic therapies.

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Ebola Vaccine Clinical Trial Open at Sanford

Study will explore safety, ability of vaccine to generate immune response

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Length of Stay in Emergency Department Makes No Real Difference in Trauma Patient Mortality, SLU Study Finds

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The amount of time a trauma patient stays in the emergency department (ED) makes no real difference in the patient's mortality, researchers at Saint Louis University found in a recent study.

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American College of Rheumatology Issues Physician-Driven Position Statement on ABIM’s Maintenance of Certification Requirements

The American College of Rheumatology has released a statement outlining the ACR’s position on the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM’s) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements containing seven positions the College requests the ABIM to consider.

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Statement from AMGA on the Quality and Financial Performance Results from Pioneer ACOs and Medicare Shared Savings Program

AMGA believes that the results point to the need for continued refinements to the ACO program framework.

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Use of Observation Stays Over Hospital Admissions Drives Up Costs for One in Four 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.