August 4 Health News
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Medicaid is balanced, state says
Kentucky's Medicaid budget is balanced and on schedule to move about
560000 of its members into new, managed-care programs by Oct. 1, according to
the state's top health and… READ ARTICLE AT Louisville Courier-Journal
Benefits of Telemedicine, eHealth and Health IT
Based on analysis from sources including the Department of Health &
Human Services and the US Chamber of Commerce, the IIA has identified 10
significant benefits of telemedicine, eHealth and health IT, listed below:
"Particularly for Americans that do ...READ AT Business Wire
at what cost?
Epocrates has won over nearly half of the nation's doctors for its free
smartphone apps that lets them look up information on drug dosing, interactions
and insurance coverage while seeing a patient. Rose Crane, chief executive of
... READ AT New York Times
for improper e-prescriptions
The CMS is starting a new phase of the Medicare Improvements for
Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) to increase electronic prescribing
(e-prescribing). Nurse practitioners who don’t either e-prescribe or properly
document e-prescriptions can be penalized with Medicare fee cuts in 2012.
READ ARTICLE AT NURSING WORLD
approves generic diabetes treatment from Strides
The FDA authorized multiple doses of Strides Arcolab's acarbose, a
generic treatment for diabetes. Strides said Perrigo will launch the product
under a profit-sharing arrangement. The company has received approval from the
US Food and Drug Administration ( USFDA) for marketing of Acarbose tablets in
strengths of 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg in the US market. READ MORE at Economic
Health and Nursing Solutions
At a recent AARP Public Policy Institute Solutions Forum—Advancing
Health in Rural America: Maximizing Nursing’s Impact— policy experts, thought
leaders and key stakeholders convened to discuss improving health care in rural
America—nearly one quarter of the nation’s population—by strengthening rural
health models, transforming policy implications and maximizing the role of
nurses. The Forum, in collaboration with the National Rural Health Association
and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), featured keynote speaker the
Honorable Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, Administrator, Health Resources and Services
Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "Necessity is the
mother of innovation,” Wakefield said. "When you look at rural health care,
innovation is catalyzed by necessity.” Read
Fact Sheet on advancing rural health care.
could aid rural providers amid health care overhaul
The U.S. health care overhaul is likely to put a strain on providers in
rural areas, but that can be addressed with the aid of telemedicine, says a
report from UnitedHealth Group's Center for Health Reform and Modernization.
The report's authors suggest giving rural providers greater broadband access to
promote widespread telemedicine use, among other recommendations. READ MORE AT HEALTH DATA MANAGEMENT
Nurses are Leaders in Promoting Hospital Transparency
In recognition of
a growing body of studies highlighting the key role nurses’ play in patient
safety, Champion Nursing Coalition
member The Leapfrog Group today
announced they will publicly report on hospitals that have demonstrated nursing
excellence through Magnet designation.
Making the announcement, Leapfrog’s
CEO Leah Binder stated, "With this addition to our annual survey, Leapfrog is
recognizing the vital role nurses play in patient safety and their strong
commitment to transparency.” The 2011 Leapfrog Hospital Survey data is publicly
available for the first time today.
Today’s announcement comes as part of
The Leapfrog Group’s commitment to implement recommendations found in Institute
of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change,
Advancing Health. Binder joined other health care, business,
consumer, and education leaders to develop strategies to prepare and enable
nurses to lead change to advance health, a key recommendation from the IOM
report. CCNA is working with national and state stakeholders to drive action in
support of the IOM recommendations.
The Magnet Recognition Program® was
developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center to recognize health care
organizations that provide nursing excellence. The program also provides a
vehicle for disseminating successful nursing practices and strategies.
Recognizing quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in
professional nursing practice, the Magnet Recognition Program provides
consumers with a reliable benchmark to measure the quality of care that they
can expect to receive.
Results from the survey 2011 Leapfrog
Hospital Survey can be viewed at www.leapfroggroup.org/cp
where visitors can search for hospitals by city, state, or zip code. A list of
hospitals reporting Magnet® status to Leapfrog is available at www.leapfroggroup.org/MagnetRecognition. Visitors
can also find information, by hospital, on infection rates, survival rates for
certain high-risk surgeries, rates of hospital-acquired injuries, rates of
early elective deliveries, and much more about a hospital’s safety and quality.