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MGMA: Practices forced to allocate more staff resources to regulatory burdens

As the regulatory and administrative burden on physician practices increases, so too has the expense of paying employees needed to perform this work. 

Physician Compare still missing the mark, critics say

While the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is still embroiled in objections f rom physician groups, including the American Medical Association,  over the accuracy of the rating system used on its Physician Compare website, others criticize that the database contains information on too few physicians to be useful in helping consumers find doctors, according to an ar ticle  from  USA Today.

Reduce readmissions among chronically ill patients with post-acute care plan

Hospitals and health systems can reduce readmissions and improve quality of care by implementing a post-acute care model for patients with chronic diseases, Patty Upham, director of care transitions with FirstHealth of the Carolinas in Pinehurst, North Carolina, told senior writer Paul Barr in an interview for  Hospitals & Health Networks.

ONC's Jacob Reider: Reach out to others for Meaningful Use help

As healthcare organizations face challenges in implementing State 2 of Meaningful Use, they should reach out to others who have found success, said Jacob Reider, deputy national coordinator at the Office of the Coordinator for Health IT.

Reporter's Notebook: Boston healthcare forum tackles Affordable Care Act, product innovation

The Economist's  Health Care Forum 2014 conference in Boston brought together healthcare leaders to discuss hot button topics, such as price transparency and the future of healthcare. And though they didn't resolve the big issues, some of the topics--such as whether the Affordable Care Act is a success or a failure--generated lively debate.

EHRs waste time, docs say

Electronic health records don't save physicians time. In fact, they do the opposite, according to a  research lett er  published  JAMA Internal Medicine. 

Juggling act: Balance short- and long-term goals to see tangible results

It's officially fall. And if we didn't feel so already, the earlier and earlier sunset reminds us that there are hardly enough hours in a day to accomplish everything on our lists.  For me, with work and home life all jumbled under one roof, some days I need to put all of my energy into achieving the bare minimum (i.e., meeting the day's deadlines and keeping the kids in one piece). 

Apple HealthKit lures Cerner, athenahealth into development efforts

Two top electronic health record providers are on the Apple HealthKit bandwagon and developing apps aimed at helping patients with chronic illness and fostering data sharing between care givers and patients, according to a Reuters report.

ONC takes steps to increase Blue Button use

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT launched two initiatives this week to increase patient access to their electronic health records via the Blue Button project.

How much should patients know about their doctors?

How much should patients know about their physicians? Transparency should go further than some doctors say is necessary,  Leana Wen, M.D., founder of the  Who's My Doctor  blog,   to ld  the  Boston Globe.