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1/21/2020

TikTok is among the most-used social media platforms in the world and presents a potential opportunity for health care professionals to reach young people, but some efforts have been widely derided and threaten to undermine other health experts' credibility and efforts to counter misinformation and pseudoscience. Some medical professionals are posting content without "really thinking about their role as a medical professional and how that's going to impact the public's perception of medical professionals," says science communications expert Sarah Mojarad.

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1/21/2020

Boosting patients' health literacy is a key component of the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center's strategy to improve best practices, transparency and patient safety in clinical research, say program manager Sylvia Baedorf Kassis and faculty director Barbara Bierer. Informed consent and participant benefit depend on health literacy, but about 87% of the public need at least some assistance understanding health information, and an MRCT analysis found a need for clinicians and investigators to use simple language, imagery, visualization and principles of numeracy, Bierer says.

1/21/2020

Health care providers and health systems in Utah that use the Utah Health Information Network will gain access to a master patient file as the health information exchange integrates NextGate's cloud-based enterprise technology. UHIN will use NextGate's software to integrate clinical and claims data from diverse sources and enable clinicians and payers to link patient records, potentially improving patient identification.

1/21/2020

The Supreme Court rejected a motion to expedite a case challenging the Affordable Care Act's constitutionality and seeking repeal of the entire law, likely delaying a final decision until next year. The US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit remanded the case back to a lower court to reconsider whether the entire law hinges on the mandate that all Americans carry health insurance or pay a penalty, which was been struck down after Congress negated the penalty.

1/21/2020

Hospitals in states with opt-in policies for health data exchange are more likely to report barriers to health information exchange than hospitals in states with opt-out policies, researchers reported in the American Journal of Managed Care.

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1/21/2020

Epic Systems has reportedly informed its hospital clients that use Google's cloud-based technology for research, data storage or basic IT operations that Epic will stop integrating its systems with Google Cloud and will instead use Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure for cloud computing. Neither Google nor Epic commented on the report.

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1/21/2020

The trend for independent practices to merge with larger health systems may stall as physicians become more familiar with value-based care and reporting requirements for programs like MACRA, according to MGMA's report, A Medical Practice Leader's Guide to 2020. A physician shortage will continue due to retirements and burnout, making physician retention critical.

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Healthcare Finance
1/21/2020

MGMA and other healthcare groups held meetings with the White House Office of Management and Budget about the final interoperability rules proposed by the National Coordinator for Health IT and CMS. MGMA and others have urged the information blocking exceptions to be dropped, saying they are confusing and could place additional burdens on providers.

1/21/2020

The Merit-based Incentive Payment System is seen primarily as a compliance program and should be more clinically relevant, said Mollie Gelburd, J.D., MGMA's associate director of government affairs. MGMA is happy that CMS maintained the category weights for 2020, rather than increasing the cost category to 20%, because that category can "inappropriately hold physicians accountable for costs beyond their control."

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1/21/2020

A Spok survey of CHIME members showed CIOs and other health care IT leaders have eight common goals this year, including improving the overall IT product and technology processes, focusing more on integrated solutions instead of individual technology products and aligning major stakeholders on processes to drive technology adoption. According to the poll, the 2020 goals of health IT leaders build largely on their accomplishments last year, which include IT innovation, executing a strategy, staffing and/or skill development and developing a better IT infrastructure.