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  1. CONNECT Bill Would Extend Telehealth Services Via Medicare

    The bipartisan bill would help providers meet the goals of MACRA with telehealth options. By Christine Kern, contributing writer

  2. 5 Steps To Take Following A Needlestick

    According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 385,000 sharps-related injuries occur annually in the U.S. healthcare industry — an average of more than 1,000 per day. A sharps-related injury is a penetrating stab wound from a needle, scalpel, or other sharp object that may result in exposure to blood or body fluids. By Dave Hurton, Key Account Director, MedSafe

  3. Connected Health Market Poised To Explode

    A recent report from ACT | The App Association predicts growth in the connected health market will cause it to grow to more than $117 billion by 2020. By Katie Wike, contributing writer

  4. Patients More Likely To Choose Email When An Office Visit Will Cost Them

    Patients who are responsible for out-of-pocket medical costs are more likely to choose to email their physician rather than spend money on an office visit. By Katie Wike, contributing writer

  5. Can Your Patients Access Their Health Data?

    Despite increased measures to allow patients to view their health data from the comfort of their own homes, a Health Mine survey found more than half lack the electronic means for access. By Katie Wike, contributing writer

  6. One Quarter Of Doctors Not Prepared To Coordinate Complex Care

    A Commonwealth Fund survey finds physicians are ill-prepared to effectively manage and coordinate care for patients. By Christine Kern, contributing writer

  7. AHRQ Introduces First Nationwide Readmission Database

    Database will be valuable for healthcare analyses and decision-making. By Christine Kern, contributing writer

  8. Keys To Building A Fortified Staffing Process Ahead Of The Nurse Retirement Surge

    AMN Healthcare recently released its 2015 Survey of Registered Nurses. This research included input from nearly 9,000 RNs on topics ranging from retirement, education, and emerging roles. A number of the findings struck me, the following two especially:

    • 62 percent of RNs over 54 are thinking about retirement and most say they plan to retire within three years
    • RNs love their career choice, but have mixed feelings about their job, citing not having adequate time with their patients, feeling their job negatively affects their health, and so on

    That leaves us with the most experienced nurses nearing retirement and the majority of remaining nurses not feeling overjoyed with their jobs, although they love nursing. This points to an overwhelming need to improve conditions for care staff. Typically, the top dissatisfier for staff are staffing/scheduling issues, e.g., being short, having to float, having shifts cancelled, and being recruited constantly to pick up additional shifts. One of the solutions to this critical concern is a combination of technology and workforce strategies that can provide more certainty with staffing, greater work-life balance, and increased time with patients. By Chris Fox, president, Avantas

  9. 80% Of Patients Open To Telemedicine

    According to a PricewaterhouseCooper’s Health Research Institute report, 80 percent of patients are open to telemedicine in primary care. By Katie Wike, contributing writer

  10. Most Family Docs Don’t Use Telehealth

    In a recent survey, only 15 percent of family doctors reported using telehealth services. By Katie Wike, contributing writer