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Researches from the University of Birmingham and University of Edinburgh have cut the number of liver biopsies performed on patients with fatty liver in half by using a non-invasive digital image scan. Findings were published in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics.

Measurements taken from projected 3D holographic models were able to match “gold standard” measurements in accuracy, according to a study set to be presented at the ARRS 2018 Annual Meeting.

Smart glasses could be a feasible tool in detecting concussions and improving critical decision making, according to a study published in JMIR mHealth and uHealth.

A genetic ancestry test was more accurate than conventional self-reports of race, cultural identity or ethnicity at identifying patients at risk for bleeding stoke. Findings were presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2018.

An emergency department (ED)-based transitional care nurse (TCN) program, focusing on geriatric care, was able to reduce the number of unnecessary hospitalizations by 33 percent. Findings were published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.


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CMS issues long-awaited ACO guidelines
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its long-awaited Proposed Rule for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), which would provide the regulatory framework for these organizations.
NEJM: Berwick weighs in on ACO NPRM The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) took a major step toward establishing accountable care organizations (ACOs) by issuing a notice of proposed rule-making that will define how physicians, hospitals and others can adopt this new organization form, wrote Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), in a perspective paper published March 31 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
CMS updates EHR FAQs The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted new frequently asked questions (FAQs) concerning the latest information on the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.
N.C. hospital taps Ingenix coding tools Wayne Memorial Hospital, a 316-bed health care facility serving Goldsboro, N.C., is implementing Ingenixs computer-assisted coding (CAC) tools to increase medical coding accuracy and compliance.
Texas Med Center signs Wolters Kluwer for documentation The Medical Center of Plano, a 427-bed acute care facility in Plano, Texas, has selected Wolters Kluwer Healths ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding.
AJMC: High-deductible health plans could reduce healthcare spending High-deductible health plans could potentially lower healthcare spending, but they might also crimp preventive care, according to research published in the March edition of the American Journal of Managed Care.
AIM: Adverse event reporting is on the rise Although the FDA's Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS) database has been in existence since 1969, more than half of the incidents in it were received in the past decade, according to an article published online March 28 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
IHE-Europe Connectathon expands The 11th annual IHE European Connectathon, to be held in Pisa, Italy, April 11-15, has expanded to a week-long program of activities.
CMS releases meaningful use attestation preview Circle the date: Attestation for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program will begin April 18, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which has posted sample attestation screenshots and additional information on its website.
AHRQ maps care coordination measures The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released "The Care Coordination Measures Atlas," a resource for researchers interested in measuring care coordination, an emerging field of quality measurement.