Retail clinics don't drive down ER visits, study finds

18. November 2016 Health 0
Even though insurers and employers have tried to nudge consumers toward using retail health clinics for minor incidents, new research found a very slight decrease in ED visits, but only among privately insured patients.   Powered by WPeMatico

Why Trump won't change MACRA much

18. November 2016 Health 0
BIDMC CIO John Halamka advised providers to stay the course on MACRA, while iHealth partner Justin Barnes agreed that major changes are unlikely. But Robert Tennant of the MGMA cautioned that we won’t know until Trump takes over. Powered by WPeMatico

Innovaccer launches tool to compare hospital performance

17. November 2016 Health 0
Hospital Compare enables patients to determine the best hospital for types of treatment in a specific area. Physicians and providers can also use the tool to better understand what improvements are needed for higher quality care.  Powered by WPeMatico

HHS takes additional steps to expand access to opioid treatment

17. November 2016 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Allows more providers to prescribe treatment The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is taking additional steps to address the U.S. opioid epidemic by further expanding access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders. Administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), today’s announcement enables nurse practitioners (NPs) and ...