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  • newEHRs Don't Save Money or Time, Docs Say
    (MedPage Today) -- Three-fourths of U.S. physicians who use electronic health records said they aren't cost-effective and don't save time, but the majority said they still believe EHRs have value for providing data, a recent survey found.
    - 6 hours ago, 17 Sep 14, 9:50pm -
  • newTCT: 'Sham' Renal Denervation Defended
    WASHINGTON (MedPage Today) -- Doing a "sham" renal denervation process to prove the procedure's efficacy in treating hypertension was not unethical -- in fact, quite the opposite, Deepak Bhatt, MD, said here.
    - 8 hours ago, 17 Sep 14, 7:48pm -
  • newOne-Fourth of ACOs Save Enough $$ to Earn Bonuses
    (MedPage Today) -- About a quarter of the 243 groups of hospitals and doctors that banded together as accountable care organizations under the Affordable Care Act saved Medicare enough money to earn bonuses, federal officials said Tuesday.
    - 9 hours ago, 17 Sep 14, 7:00pm -
  • Drug for Opioid Constipation Wins OK
    (MedPage Today) -- Patients experiencing opioid-induced constipation will have another treatment option, thanks to the FDA's approval of naloxegol (Movantik) on Tuesday.
    - 1 day ago, 16 Sep 14, 8:14pm -
  • FDA Panel to Mull Cardiac Risks of Testosterone Tx
    (MedPage Today) -- COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Testosterone therapy and its potential cardiovascular risks will be front and center during a 2-day FDA joint advisory committee meeting that starts here on Wednesday.
    - 1 day ago, 16 Sep 14, 8:12pm -
  • TCT: FDA Town Hall Paves Way for New Approval Strategies
    WASHINGTON (MedPage Today) -- What will come next now that physicians are being paid based on outcomes? Jack Lewin, MD, thinks the next big thing will be value-based payments for medical devices.
    - 1 day ago, 16 Sep 14, 6:15pm -
  • Hillary to TCT: Fee-for-Service Days Are Numbered
    WASHINGTON (MedPage Today) -- Hillary Clinton says fee-for-service medicine is probably an idea whose time has passed.
    - 1 day ago, 16 Sep 14, 4:30pm -
  • AAFP Wants GME $$ Decoupled From Hospitals
    WASHINGTON (MedPage Today) -- Graduate medical education should mostly take place in the community -- where Americans get most of their care -- rather than in hospitals, the American Academy of Family Physicians urged Monday.
    - 2 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 10:45pm -
  • Week Ahead: TCT, Congress on VA, Flu Season
    (MedPage Today) -- This week MedPage Today will cover a House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing, the coming flu season, and ASTRO.
    - 3 days ago, 14 Sep 14, 9:02pm -
  • Obamacare Does Little to Cut Kids' Uninsured Rate
    (MedPage Today) -- The uninsured rate for kids under age 18 hasn?t budged under the health law, according to a new study, even though they?re subject to the law?s requirement to have insurance just as their parents and older siblings are.
    - 3 days ago, 14 Sep 14, 7:41pm -

i360 Gov - Healthcare Policy & IT News

  • newIn Kentucky, Health Law Helps Voters but Saps Votes
    New York Times: LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Affordable Care Act allowed Robin Evans, an eBay warehouse packer earning $9 an hour, to sign up for Medicaid this year. She is being treated for high blood pressure and Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disorde…
    - 3 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 12:49am -
  • newF.D.A. Panel Backs Limits on Testosterone Drugs
    New York Times: HYATTSVILLE, Md. —  An expert panel voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday for the Food and Drug Administration to impose strict new limitations on the multibillion-dollar testosterone drug industry, which would tighten labels for the m…
    - 3 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 12:48am -
  • newCongresswoman's Bill Would Provide 90-Day Reporting for Stage 2
    Healthcare Informatics: In the thick of "National Health IT Week," Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC) won a lot of friends in the health IT industry with a proposed bill that would allow providers to attest to Stage 2 of meaningful use using any 90-d…
    - 3 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 12:45am -
  • Still Vulnerable, GAO Says
    Nextgov: In addition to being essentially unusable when it launched last year, the Obamacare website was not secure then and still today is vulnerable, according to a government did not always require strong passwords, and dev…
    - 3 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 12:44am -
  • newTodd Park Subpoenaed to Testify on Security
    Nextgov: Newly released emails undermine previous testimony from Todd Park, according to lawmakers who Wednesday voted to subpoena the former federal chief technology officer.Emails released by a panel on the House Science, Space and T…
    - 3 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 12:43am -
  • newSevere respiratory illness confirmed in 12 states
    AZ Central: NEW YORK (AP) -- Health officials say 12 states now have respiratory illnesses caused by an uncommon virus - enterovirus 68.
    - 18 hours ago, 17 Sep 14, 9:59am -
  • newGAO: website must boost security
    Modern Healthcare (complimentary online subscription):, the health insurance website serving more than 5 million Americans, has significant security flaws that put users' personal information at risk, nonpartisan congressional investig…
    - 18 hours ago, 17 Sep 14, 9:58am -
  • newWe Could Have Stopped Ebola, CDC Expert Says
    NBC News: The Ebola epidemic could have been stopped sooner if the world had done even a little bit to build up a public health system in West Africa, a top CDC expert said Tuesday.
    - 18 hours ago, 17 Sep 14, 9:58am -
  • newHeavyweights lead charge for more time on EHR meaningful use
    Modern Healthcare (complimentary online subscription): A host of heavyweight healthcare organizations is calling for HHS to back off of the requirement to meet meaningful-use criteria for all of 2015 for the federally funded electronic health-record…
    - 18 hours ago, 17 Sep 14, 9:57am -
  • AMA Urges Overhaul of Electronic Medical Records
    The Wall Street Journal (online regitration required): It's no secret that many physicians hate the electronic-medical-records systems they use, saying they are cumbersome, poorly designed and detract from patient care.Amplifying those concerns, the…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 10:58am -