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Data Points: Blinded by the darkness

Data Points: Blinded by the darkness

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 18, 2017

Maybe check with your coders or optometrist. H31.023 is the ICD-10 code for solar retinopathy, or injury to the retinal tissue that typically comes from sun-gazing or, um, viewing an eclipse without the right protection. Knowing the code may come in handy this week.

Data Points: Overfat deemed a 'pandemic'

Data Points: Overfat deemed a 'pandemic'

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 05, 2017

Think twice before supersizing that meal. According to a new study in the Frontiers of Public Health, an estimated 70% of people in the world's 30 most-developed countries are "overfat."

CMS pulls proposed rule to make private accreditor reports public

By Maria Castellucci  |  August 03, 2017

The CMS would have required accreditors like the Joint Commission to publicly release audits of healthcare facilities in order to promote transparency. The rule was immediately panned by stakeholders as unhelpful for patients.

Data Points: Millions at risk of developing diabetes

Data Points: Millions at risk of developing diabetes

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 29, 2017

The rate of new diabetes cases remained relatively flat from 2014 to 2015, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Still, more than 30 million people live with the disease. Millions more have prediabetes, which could turn into Type 2 if left untreated.

NQF launches opioid stewardship initiative

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  July 05, 2017

Looking to play a larger role the fight against opioid abuse, the National Quality Forum on Wednesday launched a new stewardship program to lower rates of overprescribing among healthcare providers and curb patient addiction risks.

Private accreditors balk at CMS proposal to make reports public

By Maria Castellucci  |  June 08, 2017

The CMS has proposed requiring private accreditors like the Joint Commission to release reports publicly. But these accreditors dislike the rule, arguing it won't improve transparency and it'll be costly to implement.

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