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Avoid the rush! Some ERs are taking appointments
By Anna Gorman / Kaiser Health News | July 16, 2014
In an era of increased competition driven by the nation's health law, hospitals in California and around the country are hoping online ER appointments will help attract patients anxious to avoid long waits in a crowded and often chaotic environment.
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Secure messaging between patients, docs grows, but speed bumps remain
By Darius Tahir | July 01, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The use of secure messages between doctors and patients is increasing, thanks in part to the meaningful-use requirements for electronic health records. But the fee-for-service model may be preventing more widespread adoption, experts contend. Another challenge is cultural. Doctors—and...
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Burwell faces challenges ahead as HHS secretary, and other briefs
By Modern Healthcare | June 07, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Incoming HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, confirmed by the Senate last Thursday, faces critical issues related to implementation of the federal healthcare law and a narrow window to prepare for the 2015 open enrollment period.
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Kaiser Permanente won't buy furniture with flame retardants
By Jaimy Lee | June 03, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Kaiser Permanente, which owns 32 hospitals in three states, plans to use its purchasing power to sway furniture manufacturers to stop putting flame retardants into upholstered couches and chairs. Kaiser spends about $30 million annually on such items.
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VA scandal shows the realities of rationing care
By Modern Healthcare | May 31, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Veterans Affairs Department is an example of single-payer, government-provided healthcare.
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Is a Trojan horse lurking behind transparency push?
May 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Health insurance giants to make payment data accessible to public”: One wonders why health plans might want to send claims data to a plan-supported, not-for-profit enterprise that is collecting payment information.
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Kaiser's net worth boost riles advocates of health plan regulation
By Melanie Evans | May 14, 2014
A boost to Kaiser Permanente's net worth from a drop in pension liabilities has provided fodder for state advocates of stricter health plan regulation.
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Kaiser's Bernard Tyson calls healthcare affordability "our obligation"
By Bernard J. Tyson | May 10, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A tremendous amount of time and energy has been devoted to discussing the number of people who have gained health coverage through the insurance exchanges. While it's premature to draw any concrete conclusions from the figures, it's encouraging that this journey begins with 8 million newly enrolled.
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IT experts push translator systems to convert doc-speak into ICD-10 codes
By Joseph Conn | May 03, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Despite the recent congressional delay in implementing the ICD-10 coding system, there is growing interest in a high-tech way of helping physicians convert their standard clinical terminology into the complex new payment codes. It's called “language-to-code” translation.
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Regional News/West: Colorado organizations to offer treatments targeted by DNA, and other news
By Andis Robeznieks and Paul Demko | April 26, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Four Colorado healthcare organizations planning a $63 million Center for Personalized Medicine aim to use patients' DNA to predict their risk of disease and develop targeted treatments based on the genetic information.
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