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    • Study: Community interventions reduce hospital readmissions

      Patients who received a tailored care plan and follow-up from a community health worker were more likely to access primary care services and stay out of the hospital, according to a new study published in JAMA this week.  Among patients of lower socio...

    • Chicago area gets $7M to develop patient outcome database

      Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine are working with the Institute for Public Health and Medicine to turn a $7 million grant into a collaborative patient-centered outcomes database to reduce health disparities and further...

    • Pathologists to study reporting standards with CDC grants

      The College of American Pathologists (CAP) has received two grants totaling more than $1.25 million to fund studies focused on adopting evidence-based laboratory testing guidelines and standardizing the reporting of biomarker test results to cancer reg...

    • CMS: 1% of docs account for 14% of Medicare billings

      When it comes to healthcare spending, much of the focus has been on chronically ill patients.  The commonly cited statistic that 20% of patients account for 80% of costs may be concerning, but equally noteworthy is the small number of physicians consu...

    • WUSTL granted $8M for genetic, patient data analytics

      Washington University of St. Louis School of Medicine has been granted $8 million from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to fund a large-scale research project examining genetic and lifestyle data from a varied patient population.  The res...

    • Study: Automated readmissions review not yet sensitive enough

      The use of computer algorithms and data analytics to identify preventable hospital readmissions still has a long way to go before it’s accurate and sensitive enough to replace manual review, says a new BMC study by Kaiser Permanente researchers.  Po...

    • High physician workload impacts length of stay, cost of care

      It takes a lot of stamina and determination to tackle the long hours, fast-paced decision making, and responsibility of being a physician in a hospital setting, but new research published in JAMA this month shows that heaping untenable demands on physi...

    • AAFP: Behavioral health should be an integral part of PCMH

      Integrating behavioral healthcare services into the overarching structure of the patient centered medical home (PCMH) should be a basic principle of the population health management model, say the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and a coal...

    • EHR data boosts link between celiac, coronary artery diseases

      Patients who suffer from celiac disease are nearly two times as likely to develop coronary artery disease as other patients, according to EHR data examined by Cleveland Clinic researchers.  The low-grade inflammation involved in the condition based in...

    • CDC: Hospital acquired infection rates decline significantly

      Hospital acquired infections related to common procedures and difficult bacteria are on the decline according to a pair of newly released reports by the Centers for Disease Control.  As hospitals attempt to reduce the impact of financial quality penal...

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