Google Glass In The ER? Health Care Moves One Step Closer To Star Trek Print E-mail
Written by Lisa Gillespie   
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 11:52

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Imagine walking into an emergency room with an awful rash and waiting hours to see a doctor until, finally, a physician who doesn't have specific knowledge of your condition gives you an ointment and a referral to a dermatologist.

That could change if a technological device like Google Glass, which is a wearable computer that is smaller than an ink pen and includes a camera function, could be strapped to an emergency room doctor's head or to his or her eyeglasses and used to beam a specialist in to see patients at the bedside. Not only would a patient get a more specific initial diagnosis and treatment, but a second visit to a dermatologist might not be necessary.
Researchers did just this for a small sample of people at the emergency room of the Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. They found during the course of the study that 93.5 percent of patients who were seen with a skin problem liked the experience, and 96.8 percent were confident in the accuracy of the video equipment and that their privacy was protected.

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Obama signs $200 billion 'doc fix' bill Print E-mail
Written by Florida Health Industry Week in Review   
Tuesday, 21 April 2015 09:24

What Happened
Jordan Fabian of The Hill reports on April 16, 2015:

President Obama on Thursday signed a $200 billion Medicare reform package, hailing it as a "significant bipartisan achievement."

The so-called "doc fix" measure is one of the biggest achievements for the new Republican Congress. It permanently ends automatic Medicare payment cuts to doctors that lawmakers have been forced to address every year for almost two decades.

Why it Matters
This closes a painful chapter in Congressional history.

According to KHN:

The measure, which builds upon last year's legislation from the House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Meanscommittees and the Senate Finance Committee, would encourage better care coordination and chronic care management, ideas that experts have said are needed in the Medicare program. It would reward providers who receive a "significant portion" of their revenue from an "alternative payment model" or patient-centered medical home with a 5 percent payment bonus. It would also allow broader use of Medicare data for "transparency and quality improvement" purposes.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 09:34
Senate Approve Bill to Repeal SGR Print E-mail
Written by Ilene MacDonald | Fierce Healthcare   
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 11:33

The Senate Tuesday night overwhelmingly passed a bill to do away with the controversial Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, a mechanism used to calculate Medicare payments to physicians.

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Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2015 10:21
FL VA Clinic Waits Remain Problem Print E-mail
Written by Florida Health Industry Week in Review   
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 11:57

What Happened
In an AP report posted to on 4.09.15:

Florida veterans were forced to wait at least 30 days for nearly 93,000 medical appointments at VA medical facilities from September through February, and half of those delays were found at just seven sites in north Florida and the Panhandle, according to government data...

Why it Matters
The ongoing VA debacle is an embarrassment for the Obama administration clearly focused on establishing its legacy. This story is also a cautionary tale for proponents of a centrally controlled, highly regulated, single payer American healthcare system.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 12:16
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Friday, 17 April 2015 00:00
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