This Week in Healthcare: April 12th, 2013

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April 12th, 2013
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Alternatives to The ER

Health insurers and employers are dedicating more time and resources toward educating and incentivizing their members to make better choices when accessing medical services. It’s estimated that more than $18 billion a year could be saved if patients with non-emergency conditions visited more appropriate care settings.

Growth of the Medical Tourism Industry

The Medical Tourism industry is growing at an exponential rate.  Healthcare consumers are more invested in their care and are willing to travel in search of greater healthcare options, better quality and lower costs.

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Health IT

E-Prescribing Growth To Pop As Penalties Approach

Telepresence of surgeons successful in trauma settings

Doctors are avoiding drug errors at point of care with mobile apps

More Health-care providers are storing data in the cloud

Technology's place in patient-centered care

Michigan Blues joins statewide HIE


Healthcare Reform

The Many Roadblocks of Creating an ACO

Hospitals, auditors clash over RAC reform

Nursing Alliance for Quality Care (NAQC) increasing patient engagement among nurses

Insurers see promise in pay-for-performance health plans

$54M in grants will help enroll uninsured in 33 states


Healthcare Costs

House GOP revises plan to permanently fix Medicare cuts

Independent doctors unite to fight national trend toward hospitals buying physician groups

MedPAC Debates Better Pay for APRNs, PAs

Unnecessary Regulations that Increase Prescription Drug Costs

Interactive Infographic outlining Health Cost Drivers

NC bill would have hospitals post cost info on HIE

Pharmacies' prescription prices vary a lot

CMS pays out nearly $12.7B to date in meaningful use EHR adoption incentives

HHS proposes 2014 budget



Hospital creates grocery store

New Medical Schools Aim to Double Primary Care Graduates

Wellness program didn't directly lower overall costs, but linked to fewer hospitalizations

An inside look at how Crystal Run became an ACO

Chronic Care at Walgreens


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