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CDC sheds incriminating light on health insurers' preventive services

A new federal study could bring down some heat on insurers that don't comply with the Affordable Care Act's requirements for preventive care.

Feds, AMA look to telemedicine, health IT to treat hepatitis C

The ONC and American Medical Association are working with the CDC on a program that uses health IT and telemedicine to diagnose and treat hepatitis C virus infections.

CDC: Only 18% of office-based docs may meet Meaningful Use

The number of office-based physicians using electronic health records continues to rise, but only 18 percent of them may be eligible for Meaningful Use incentives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest National Health Statistics Report.

CDC: Use lab professionals to improve EHR safety

While electronic health records are changing how lab data is transmitted and displayed, variations in design, functionality and an ability to share that data can cause preventable patient safety risks, such as misdiagnoses, treatment delays and inappropriate treatment, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Reasons for geographic disparities in EHR adoption 'unclear'

While electronic health record adoption by physicians continues to grow, it is still unknown exactly why it varies so significantly from state to state.

Antibiotic overuse puts patients at risk

As concern mounts regarding incorrectly prescribed antibiotics and their contribution to the increase in antibiotic-resistant infections, some hospitals reported prescribing three times more antibiotics than other hospitals, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

CDC: Focus more on 'problem prescribers'

"Problem prescribers" play a more significant factor in the prescription drug abuse epidemic than previously thought, according to a study published in  JAMA Internal Medicine, which identified physicians as the top source of narcotic painkillers for chronic abusers.

HHS rule change improves patient access to lab results

An amendment to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 regulations announced today by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services boosts access to completed lab test results for patients and designated patient representatives.   The final rule, to be officially published in the Federal Register Feb. 6, also eliminates an exception under HIPAA that kept patients from accessing their own protected health information when it was held by a CLIA-certified or CLIA-exempt lab.   Read more...

CMS: Meaningful Use programs making 'exciting progress'

The Meaningful Use incentive program is making "exciting progress" in both provider participation and in meeting the program requirements, according to a new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services data brief.

How to get patients to tell the truth

Close to a third of patients admit they're not always honest with their doctors. And even when patients' loved ones try to alert physicians to a potential problem, such as substance abuse, there are ethical and legal barriers preventing doctors from discussing such issues behind an adult patient's back, wrote Abigail Zuger, M.D., in a recent post for the  New York Times.