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Entitlement reform must be on the table - Washington Post

Entitlement reform must be on the table - Washington Post | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it
The Fiscal TimesEntitlement reform must be on the tableWashington PostWith health-care reform now entrenched, those younger than 67 need not fear going uninsured.
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Essential health apps for Apple Watch: Revolutionizing doctor-patient care

Essential health apps for Apple Watch: Revolutionizing doctor-patient care | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it
“Apple announced its watchOS 2 on September 9. One of the major selling points behind the Apple Watch has always been combining the smartwatch idea alongside health and fitness tracking. Is this selling point panning out? What technological trends are seen in the healthcare industry and mobile devices — and are they really making a difference for doctors and patients?Amidst the buzz, here is a sampling of some Apple Watch apps that actually might be revolutionizing the healthcare industry.”
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'Sky is the limit' for health providers who use social media - FierceHealthcare

'Sky is the limit' for health providers who use social media - FierceHealthcare | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it
Social media can be a minefield, but platforms such as  Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter can also provide physicians and other healthcare professionals with an array of previously unheard-of advantages and the ability to confer with other professionals--no matter where they are in the world. 

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14 Surprising Causes of Dehydration

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Your body is about 60% water. Lose even 1.5% of that H2O—the tipping point for mild dehydration—and your mood, energy levels, and cognitive function all drop, according to research from the University of Connecticut. And while there are obvious reasons you can end up dehydrated—a sunny day, exercise, or not drinking enough in general—other triggers are less obvious. Check out these 14 surprising causes of dehydration and how to prevent them.
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Why social media is not a waste of time for a doctor

Why social media is not a waste of time for a doctor | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it

An infographic, slides, video and a paper: Anne Marie Cunningham collates some of her best content on the utility of social media to healthcare professionals in a single blog post. Nice!


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Improving Patient Flow and Reducing Emergency Department Crowding | Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ)

Improving Patient Flow and Reducing Emergency Department Crowding | Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it
This guide presents step-by-step instructions that can be used by hospitals in planning and implementing patient flow improvement strategies to ease emergency department crowding.
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Uncover Obamacare – Washington State Overwhelmed by Medicaid Expansion

Uncover Obamacare – Washington State Overwhelmed by Medicaid Expansion | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it
1.6 million Washingtonians on Medicaid, and only 6,000 doctors, many of whom don’t accept it. http://t.co/OdU8fNRyIu
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Protestors take over Missouri Senate, Demand Medicaid Expansion (Live Updates)(Full Video)

Protestors take over Missouri Senate, Demand Medicaid Expansion (Live Updates)(Full Video) | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it
Yep, you've got that right.



On a day where Missouri passed an irresponsible tax cut overriding a Jay Nixon Veto, elderly and others have taken to the capital to demand that Missouri take the ...
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Massachusetts health care reform law lowered death rates, study finds

Massachusetts health care reform law lowered death rates, study finds | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it
Study raises possibility that Obamacare may extend lives, too (Massachusetts health care reform law lowered death rates, study finds http://t.co/DUcGO5bDFC)...
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Hospital details rapid response to MERS patient

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A combination of operational protocols and access to various technologies helped health officials at the hospital taking care of the first MERS patient in the U.S. respond quickly to the case and isolate the patient, they say.
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NC's Medicaid CFO resigns - News & Observer

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NC's Medicaid CFO resigns
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Until September, Brennan had reported directly to Medicaid director Carol Steckel, who was hired amid great fanfare in January 2013 by Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos.
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Employers must plan to meet ACA rules - Tallahassee.com

Employers must plan to meet ACA rules - Tallahassee.com | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it
Employers must plan to meet ACA rules Tallahassee.com Four years after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, there now remains a short window of time for employers to plan for the start of the Employer Shared Responsibility...
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World's smallest Smart glucose meter for the mobile phones get CE approval

World's smallest Smart glucose meter for the mobile phones get CE approval | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it
Philosys, a company based in New York City, received European CE Mark approval for its Gmate SMART glucose meter, an iPhone/iPad attachment that is the world’s smallest glucometer. The meter uses the iOS device via the headset jack as the interface to display results and track readings. It would seem that the same glucometer should also be compatible with other smartphones as long as an appropriate app is developed.

Philosys is currently looking to partner with cell phone firms to help distribute the Gmate SMART and hopes to have it’s device available to European customers by the end of the year.


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The ROI In Patient Self-Service

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Patient portals provide more than just convenience for consumers, they can actually drive revenue to your healthcare facility. This article...
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Integrating telehealth and social media

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84% of people use the internet and 57% of these have a smart phone - but only 2% of the public use digital technology to interact with the NHS. The question we must ask ourselves is, why? Is it the lack of technology at our disposal within the NHS, or is it that we have access to the platforms but lack the understanding of their value or the time to implement their use? How can we engage more with the public and patients using what the sort of technology most people use every day?
This week a six-month study conducted by the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London, the Department of Health, and the Behavioural Insights Team identified patients are more likely to attend their NHS appointment if they know how much it costs. The report suggests that a direct text message explaining that a wasted appointment costs the NHS £160, appeared to reduce the level of missed appointments by 25%. Over five million people miss out-patients visits every year at a cost of £750m, and £162m is lost in GP appointments. Using a simple and cost effective measure such as a text message, a huge saving can be made. Mobile phones and text message reminders have been available for 20 years and yet we still struggle to use this technology to our full advantage.

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We live in a world where the public is heavily influenced by the media and 96% of all adults who use the internet are on Facebook. In that same world, many older people become so lonely and isolated that they can end up at A&E, seeking medical help with what is fundamentally a social problem.

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DiabeticMinds: Education for Emotional Well Being

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DiabeticMinds are creating new blogs!: Here! http://t.co/qj3T6R33Dn #Diabetes
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Making Good on Quality Healthcare Promises - 1to1 Media

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Making Good on Quality Healthcare Promises
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With the healthcare reform mostly in place, health payers should focus on the changes they need to make in order to deliver on their promises of providing quality healthcare.
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Lung Docs Stunned by Coverage Decision

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When low-dose CT screening for lung cancer got the thumbs down by a panel looking into Medicare coverage Wednesday, the pulmonology community was shocked and indignant. (Lung docs stunned by #lungcancer screening decision.
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What Lies Ahead For US Hospitals? May Health Affairs Explores Post-Recession ... - Health Affairs (blog)

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What Lies Ahead For US Hospitals? May Health Affairs Explores Post-Recession ...
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Thousands of People Will Die if Republicans Refuse to Expand Medicaid

Thousands of People Will Die if Republicans Refuse to Expand Medicaid | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it
Here's one crucial corollary to the finding that Romneycare reduced mortality: Refusing to expand Medicaid will increase mortality.
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ACA and the Cost Transparency in Hospitals | HealthWorks Collective

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As part of the Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has put a new rule about healthcare costs for hospitals: the word is transparency. It's not uncommon for healthcare consumers to be blind to the ...
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Medicaid expansion is the final battle in war over Obamacare - Los Angeles Times

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Medicaid expansion is the final battle in war over Obamacare
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Terry McAuliffe has fought his Republican Legislature to a draw.
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Women voters major players in Medicaid-expansion debate - Orlando Sentinel

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Women voters major players in Medicaid-expansion debate
Orlando Sentinel
The 2014 session of the Florida Legislature has ended without a vote on extending health coverage to at least 800,000 uninsured Floridians through Medicaid.
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New business strategies for insurers - Healthcare Finance News

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New business strategies for insurers Healthcare Finance News The speakers told attendees how the arrival of innovative healthcare industry business models, such as accountable care organizations (ACOs), health insurance exchanges, value-based...
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Right Use of Power: Ethics for the Helping Professions

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Right Use of Power: Ethics for the Helping Professions; training, CEUs, on-line courses, books. Using power skillfully and wisely is essential.

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