A joint statement signed Sept. 26 by Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie and Defense Secretary James Mattis about the alignment of their departments' EHR projects was released Wednesday. "The joint statement between DOD and VA represents tangible evidence of our commitment to change how we deliver veteran-focused, provider-friendly care," and the effort "will ease the burden on service members as they transition from military careers and will be supported by multiple medical providers throughout their lives," Wilkie said.
Physicians can use social media to improve patient-doctor relationships and define their online reputation, said Kevin Pho, MD, during a session at this year's Medical Group Management Association annual conference. Social media is also a way for doctors to share personal stories that show their human side, Pho said.
The healthcare industry still needs to improve interoperability efforts as it moves toward value-based care, experts say. Healthcare providers also need to consider the return on investment by examining business operations and removing items that don't add value.
Physicians should seek a bank that understands the unique needs of a medical practice when obtaining a line of credit, Chad Pfeif writes. He notes that loan officers should understand claims payments and billing processes.
Consideration of the patient experience is often an afterthought throughout almost all provider communications and processes surrounding payment responsibility. The consequences when providers do not prioritize the payment experience come in the form of unhappy patients, which then equate to customer attrition and lower revenue margins. In a recent report from Aite Group, one way to build stronger connections with patients is through updated paper statements and easy-to-read bills. Visit MGMA online for more.
What are the biggest challenges facing medical practices and healthcare professionals today? What are those frustrating smaller issues such as being stuck in endless or needless meetings that lead to inefficiencies? Since launching in 2016, MGMA Stat polls have taken an interactive approach to answer questions both big and small that plague the healthcare industry and its people. This article reveals how practice leaders across the country are dealing with their most pressing issues. Visit MGMA online for more.
The California Consumer Privacy Act allows the state's 39.5 million residents to control whether their personal data can be used by businesses and enables them to sue over data breaches. In a report that surveyed 300 executives at high-revenue companies, PwC found that many respondents are "considering whether to extend CCPA's rights to all of their US employees and consumers for operational simplicity and long-term readiness for potential federal privacy legislation."
The University of Pennsylvania Health System, also known as Penn Medicine, is working with clinicians on an overhaul of EHR systems so they can become a more intuitive and interactive tool to relieve administrative burdens, enhance clinical efficiency and boost patient outcomes. "Ultimately, we need to move past the idea that the EHR is just an administrative tool and see it as a clinical tool -- like a scalpel, or a medication, or an X-ray machine," says Dr. David Asch, executive director of the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation.
UK Biobank holds broad genomic and clinical data on 500,000 people, offering researchers a resource for identifying relationships between genetic variations and common diseases. The availability of detailed clinical and biological information about the participants facilitates research on associations that give insight into disease mechanisms, writes Nancy Cox of the Vanderbilt Genetics Institute.
Nonprofit organization Tidepool is seeking FDA approval for Loop, an algorithm-based app that corrects low or high blood glucose levels. Between 1,000 and 1,500 people currently use the open source insulin delivery app, which is available for iPhones.
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