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  • Expert: Population health starts with analyzing systemwide data

    Health systems should work with community organizations and a broad coalition of stakeholders to improve population health beyond campus borders, says Ninon Lewis, head of content portfolios at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Even small health care organizations should start with a data review strategy that includes analyzing systemwide data on utilization and outcomes and interview patients and health care providers using open-ended questions or motivational interviewing techniques, Lewis says. Health IT Analytics (9/10) Learn More

  • Study finds racial differences in EMS transport

    An analysis of Medicare claims data on almost 865,000 patients over 65 years who used emergency medical service transport between 2006 and 2012 showed black and Hispanic patients were less likely to be transported to the emergency departments most often used by white patients living in the same ZIP code, even though it was often the closest ED. Hispanic and black patients were more frequently transported to safety-net hospital EDs than their white counterparts, according to the study in JAMA Network Open. Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (9/6) Learn More

  • Measurement tool aims to capture perceptions of stroke care quality

    The STROKE Perception Report was tested among patients at 35 US certified stroke centers to determine perceptions of the quality of stroke care. It showed three main themes of fast action to diagnose and treat stroke, genuine caring, and education to prevent and respond to stroke, researchers wrote in the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (9/11) Learn More

  • How health care providers can prevent identity theft

    Theft of physicians' National Provider Identifier is common in fraud cases, and the victims usually are unaware their NPI has been stolen, says HHS Office of Inspector General special agent Matt Charette. NPIs cannot be completely concealed, but experts say health care providers should stop using it where it is not required, share it only on a need-to-know basis, ensure former employers no longer use it, keep detailed billing records that are backed up externally, and notify the HHS OIG or the CMS Center for Program Integrity if they suspect fraud. Medscape (free registration) (9/10) Learn More

  • Experts: Cyberrisk will continue to threaten health care in 2020

    Experts say ransomware, cryptojacking, device hacking, data theft, phishing and insider breaches will remain the primary cyberthreats in health care next year, and health care organizations should patch and update critical systems regularly, train employees and avoid common mistakes like using out-of-office autoreplies. Cybersecurity should be a priority at the board and executive levels, and organizations that cannot afford to hire experts full-time should form partnerships, says Fairwarning CEO Kurt Long. CSO (free registration) (9/11) Learn More

  • C4MI launches program to test medical device interoperability

    The Center for Medical Interoperability has launched a program to test the security of patient monitoring systems and map patient vital sign data from multiple devices into clinical systems. Center staff worked with medical device makers and health systems on the Patient Vitals Program, the first under C4MI Verified, to test products for compliance with certain interoperability standards, and more testing standards will be issued in the future. EHR Intelligence (9/6) Learn More

  • Report shows increase in Americans without health insurance

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