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  1. House launches rural healthcare task force  

      The House Ways and Means Committee on July 16 formed a healthcare task force for rural and underserved populations. 
  2. Salary potential influences most residency choices: 10 highest-paid residencies  

    Almost all medical residents — 93 percent — say salary potential influenced their specialty choice, at least to some degree, according to a survey conducted by Medscape. 
  3. Veteran healthcare slows debt-limit negotiations in Congress 

    Funding for the VA healthcare program is a major sticking point in debt limit and spending level negotiations, according to The Wall Street Journal. 

The revenue cycle has evolved and so have medical coders

Over the last two decades, the revenue cycle and revenue capture have evolved dramatically. In the past, coding teams focused heavily on getting claims out the door.
  1. Kamala Harris unveils drug pricing plan: 5 notes 

    Kamala Harris, senator of California and Democratic presidential hopeful, released a plan July 16 to lower prescription drug prices. 
  2. How Johns Hopkins boosted data sharing between patients, clinicians: CMIO Dr. Peter Greene

    Peter Schuyler Greene, MD, brings more than 20 years of information technology experience to his role as chief medical information officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.
  3. 16 hospitals, health systems seeking Allscripts, Cerner, Epic, Meditech talent

    Four of the top vendors hospitals use to participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program are Allscripts, Cerner, Epic and Meditech, according to 2018 ONC data.
  4. Yale, Mayo Clinic to study effect of biometric data on drug development for heart failure

    Yale University and Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic are partnering with Bifourmis, a digital therapeutics company, to study the use of patient-measured data to determine effective drug development for heart failure patients. 

Preparing for healthcare's future — Key considerations for technology adoption.

Hear lessons learned on healthcare ERP adoption at Bronson Health
  1. House surprise-billing proposal passes committee with arbitration amendment

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed legislation to end surprise medical bills July 17, with the addition of third-party arbitration.
  2. Atrium Health: Partnership with Navicent Health expected to save $30M in first year

    Charlotte, N.C.-based Atrium Health and Macon, Ga.-based Navicent Health said their partnership is expected to result in realized savings of $30 million by the end of 2019.
  3. 87% of healthcare, pharma workers are satisfied with their jobs, survey finds

    Most healthcare and pharmaceutical workers are satisfied overall with their jobs, according to a new survey.
  4. AAFP supports team care model that frees up physicians from EHR documentation

    Physicians who received in-room support for EHR documentation reported greater satisfaction, according to research recently published in the Annals of Family Medicine and supported by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

The real-world benefits of RTBC technology and intentional prescribing. 

An overview of the present and future benefits of RTBC technology.
  1. 5 must-read stories about medical debt

    Here are five of the most popular stories on medical debt reported by Becker's Hospital Review this year:
  2. Dartmouth-Hitchcock completed 4,500 telehealth visits in 2018: 3 notes

    Lebanon, N.H.-based Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center used telehealth technology for more than 4,500 patient appointments last year, according to VPR News.
  3. 5 ways to improve EHR coaching

    Coaching physicians on how to navigate a new EHR system during the implementation process can help alleviate any future burden that may develop with administrative tasks.
  4. Kaiser Permanente to add EHR alerts for follow-up tests after abnormal lab results

    Adding a flag to the EHR to notify physicians when a patient has an abnormal test result for chronic kidney disease may help improve patients' follow-up care, according to a recent Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente study.
  5. IBM revenue down 4.2 percent in Q2: 4 notes

    IBM's revenue declined for the fourth consecutive quarter, even as earnings increased, in the second quarter of 2019, the company announced July 17.
  6. Philips acquires patient engagement startup Medumo: 4 notes

    Philips purchased Medumo, a Boston-based startup providing hospitals and health systems with digital tools to stay connected with patients beyond the clinical setting, the international electronics company confirmed to CNBC July 17.
  7. OSF HealthCare, U of Illinois expand partnership with $50M for data-driven research

    Peoria, Ill.-based OSF HealthCare and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign together added a total of $50 million to the endowment for their Jump ARCHES medical research partnership to improve community health and patient care.
  8. Full-time employed physicians most interested in telemedicine, report finds

    Most physicians (69.5 percent) who show interest working in telemedicine are employed full time in private or provider healthcare organizations, according to a recent Doximity report.  
  9. Michael Dowling: 5 suggestions for technology companies, venture capitalists

    It's time to challenge the negative healthcare narrative.

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