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Readmission penalties may hit safety nets hard - FierceHealthFinance - Health Finance, Healthcare Finance

Readmission penalties may hit safety nets hard - FierceHealthFinance - Health Finance, Healthcare Finance | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it
Safety-net hospitals are more likely to receive monetary penalties from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, according to a recent study by the Commonwealth Fund.
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A Closer Look At Latest 'Doc Fix'

As part of the fiscal deal, a scheduled cut in Medicare physician payment rates was postponed -- but its 10-year price tag is being borne by other health care players, especially hospitals.
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Universal Health Insurance in Massachusetts: Yes, We're Better Off ...

Universal Health Insurance in Massachusetts: Yes, We're Better Off ... | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it
Health insurance is an important component to human welfare, and in exchange for the insurance mandate we can be assured that an accident or sudden illness likely won't send us into bankruptcy. Moreover, the 2006 reform ...
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‘Doc Fix’ In ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Plan Cuts Medicare Hospital Payments – Capsules - The KHN Blog

‘Doc Fix’ In ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Plan Cuts Medicare Hospital Payments – Capsules - The KHN Blog | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it
‘Doc Fix’ In Senate ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Plan Cuts Medicare Hospital Payments http://t.co/6ygSnwck
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2012 - The Year In Healthcare Charts - Forbes

2012 - The Year In Healthcare Charts - Forbes | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it
There were a few charts that made the radar this year. In some cases, the data is older than 2012, but all too often, the data hasn't really changed or improved with age. First up is our National Healthcare Expenditure (NHE).
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Pete Stark, Health Policy Warrior, Leaves A Long Legacy : NPR

Pete Stark, Health Policy Warrior, Leaves A Long Legacy : NPR | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it
The California congressman lost his seat this fall. Stark has been part of almost every piece of health legislation enacted while he was in office. The 113th Congress will be the first one in 40 years to convene without him as a member.
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The cultural assumptions behind Western medicine

The cultural assumptions behind Western medicine | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it
When most of us think about the medical approach that dominates in Western countries, we tend to view it as scientific and therefore as neutral, not influenced by social or cultural processes.
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2012 Survey of U.S. Health Care Consumers: Five-Year Look Back | Deloitte University Press

2012 Survey of U.S. Health Care Consumers: Five-Year Look Back | Deloitte University Press | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it
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Turning Information Into Impact: Digital Health's Long Road Ahead

Turning Information Into Impact: Digital Health's Long Road Ahead | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it
A measure of humility is in order. Just as a gene sequence is not a drug, information is not a cure. Getting there will take patience, persistence, money and aligned interests.

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Ten Phrases Every Leader Should Use

Ten Phrases Every Leader Should Use | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it
No one has all the answers, including you. And even if you did, saying things like these ten phrases would still be in your best interest. Here’s why.

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As Google Health Flatlines, Drchrono Picks Up The Slack With Onpatient, A Health Database With A Quantified Self Twist

As Google Health Flatlines, Drchrono Picks Up The Slack With Onpatient, A Health Database With A Quantified Self Twist | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it
When Google Health first went live in 2008, the service held a lot of promise for people looking for a reliable and convenient way of centralizing their health records, and then matching them up with other resources like drug information and doctor databases. But when, in 2011, Google decided to shutter the service after it didn’t pick up enough traction, that left a lot of people with a challenge: abandon ship or look for a new place to fight the e-health fight. They had a bit of time to decide: Google said that it would only delete all remaining records on the service on January 1, 2013.

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Camilo Erazo's curator insight, December 26, 2012 7:55 AM

The Quantified Self trend is a must-watch, since it may drive a large part of Consumer Health Informatics apps and services. A glimpse into a future or just a present version of a hyper-neurotic future minority?

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A new breed of physicians engaging with social media

A new breed of physicians engaging with social media | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it
A new breed of physicians is texting health messages to patients, tracking disease trends on Twitter, identifying medical problems on Facebook pages and communicating with patients through email. S...
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Hospital system mergers dominate health care news in 2012 - Business First (blog)

Hospital system mergers dominate health care news in 2012 - Business First (blog) | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it
Hospital system mergers dominate health care news in 2012 Business First (blog) In speaking about that activity, health system leaders routinely cited a need to increase efficiency, particularly in a reformed health care environment characterized...
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States Consider Licensing Dental Therapists To Fill Cavities -- And Care Gap

A shortage of dentists spurred Minnesota to license dental therapists, and several other states may follow suit, USA Today reports. Meanwhile, a health plan in rural South Dakota and Minnesota is hiring Native American healers as consultants.
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Gun Discussions Overlooked Part of Health Care Reform Law

Gun Discussions Overlooked Part of Health Care Reform Law | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it
With all the debates, discussions, and analyses that have followed passage of the health care reform law known as the Affordable Care Act, one provision that would have been controversial—if it was recognized—has ...
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Cliff bill's short-term fixes a bad deal, doc lawmaker says

Given that most of the physicians currently in Congress are conservative Republicans, it may not be a surprise that physicians in the House of Representatives voted 12-3 against the recently passed fiscal cliff legislative package.
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5 Health Care Reform Changes Coming In 2013 | Bankrate.com

5 Health Care Reform Changes Coming In 2013 | Bankrate.com | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it
What's in store for 2013? More money for doctors and kid care are coming as part of the Obamacare health care reform law.
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Disease Management Care Blog: Additional Ingredients for ACO Success: Communication Training, Support Tools and Culture

Disease Management Care Blog: Additional Ingredients for ACO Success: Communication Training, Support Tools and Culture | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it
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Coordinated care can address disabled adults' high rates of emergency department use, January 2, 2013 News Release - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Working-age adults with disabilities account for a disproportionately high amount of annual emergency department visitors, reports a comparison study from National Institutes of Health researchers.
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10 TED Talks That Will Change the Way You Think About Aging

10 TED Talks That Will Change the Way You Think About Aging | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it
From frank talk about death to inspirational advice on how to make the most of life, the speakers at TED will make you think differently about getting older.

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Kat Haber's curator insight, December 25, 2012 7:24 PM
1. Laura Carstensen: Older people are happier2. Alanna Shaikh: How I’m preparing to get Alzheimer’s3. Ramona Pierson: An unexpected place of healing4. Dan Buettner: How to live to be 100+5. Peter Saul: Let’s talk about dying6. Kevin Stone: The bio-future of joint replacement7. Jane Fonda: Life’s third act8. Philip Zimbardo: The psychology of time9. Randy Pausch: Really achieving your childhood dreams10. Steve Jobs: How to live before you die

 

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Firms Prepare for Health Law

Firms Prepare for Health Law | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it
Companies this year need to decide what to do about health benefits for their workers, in light of the federal law that kicks in next Jan. 1. Employers are considering a range of steps to limit their expenses.
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The Future of Medicine Is Now

The Future of Medicine Is Now | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it

From cancer treatments to new devices to gene therapy, a look at six medical innovations that are poised to transform the way we fight disease


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Sieg Holle's curator insight, January 10, 2013 2:34 PM

Use it or lose it   Embrace it 

 

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How Social Media, Mobile Are Playing a Bigger Part in Healthcare

How Social Media, Mobile Are Playing a Bigger Part in Healthcare | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it
If you check WebMD, Google or various online forums for answers before a doctor visit, or in substitution of one, you're not alone.

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Dimitra Kontochristou's curator insight, December 19, 2012 9:45 AM

Describing US reality but still informative

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Where Have All the Primary Care Doctors Gone?

Where Have All the Primary Care Doctors Gone? | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it
The one in five young doctors who still planned on a career in general medicine at the completion of their training may help to provide the answer to the current primary care shortage, a new study found.

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Texas Medical Association's curator insight, December 21, 2012 12:23 PM

Make sure enough physicians and other health care professionals are working in all parts of Texas Imagine life without access to a physician, for yourself, your aging parent, or your child. Without access to a physician, life-enhancing and lifesaving medical care is virtually impossible. Physicians are the nucleus of the formula needed to achieve the vision of the Texas Medical Association: To improve the health of all Texans. Access to health care depends on the availability of physicians with the skills to match the needs of the state’s population.

 

Texas has a shortage of both primary care physicians and other specialists. Texas ranks behind all the other most-populous states in the number of patient care physicians per capita. To evaluate this shortage across specialties, we have devised a metric that compares the number of Texas physicians per 100,000 population with the U.S. average. We call this the “Texas Specialty Ratio.” The closer this ratio is to 100 percent for a given specialty, the closer Texas is to the national average.

Texas has fewer physicians per capita than the national average for 36 out of 40 medical specialty groups.Texas needs both more primary care physicians and other specialists. A number of specialties have acute shortages.Psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry are among the specialties with the lowest Texas Specialty Ratios.

We also must look to the Texas of tomorrow to evaluate the kinds of physicians we will need the most. Texas ranks fourth among the six most-populous states in medical students and resident physicians per capita. Texas continues to be overly dependent on other states and countries for supplying new physicians. Last year, nearly 75 percent of newly licensed physicians graduated from medical schools outside of Texas. [13]We are thus subject to the vagaries of external forces that influence the numbers of physicians we can recruit. To meet future physician demands, Texas needs a stable, high-quality medical education system to produce homegrown physicians. Similarly, we must provide a reasonable opportunity for Texas medical school graduates to obtain their residency training in the state without being forced to leave home. Multiple studies confirm that physicians who complete both medical school and residency training in the state are three times more likely to practice here.

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Going Long on the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Despite ...

Going Long on the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Despite ... | MettaSolutions Health Care | Scoop.it
Noting that many commercial insurers remain committed to the medical home model of care, Bloomberg's business-savvy editorial board also points out that the PCMH has the added quality of attracting physicians to careers ...
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