This Week in Healthcare: June 7th, 2013

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June 8th, 2013
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Strategies for Improving Medication Adherence

Prescription medications are essential in preventing and managing chronic conditions. However, two out of three Americans do not take medications as prescribed.  Poor adherence to prescribed medication leads to higher healthcare costs, unnecessary utilization and unnecessary suffering from illnesses like cancer, COPD, diabetes, heart disease, depression and hypertension.

Downturn in Health Spending Attributed to Economy

After several years of record-breaking growth, US healthcare spending has slowed down dramatically. Many are considering whether the decline in healthcare spending is mostly attributed to the economy or new healthcare reform.

Joint Replacement: $5,300 or $223,000

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a report listing the hospital charges for 100 of the most common inpatient services and 30 common outpatient services for over 3,000 US hospitals. The report highlights the enormous variance in charges for the same procedure.

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Health IT

Moving towards Transformational TeleHealth at Intermountain Healthcare 

HHS opens more data to researchers and developers

Kaiser Permanente launches open health API with facility info, self-tracking data soon

Do Patients Prefer Telehealth Over In-Person Care?

Federal HIXs offering more than private marketplaces

Counting the health IT accelerators

Is mhealth about to explode infographics on mHealth and telemedicine

Health Information Exchange Expands in Ohio

Telehealth sees explosive growth


Health Costs

2013 Milliman Medical Index

CDC: One in five Americans can't pay medical bills


Healthcare Reform

Docs Await ACA Compliance Rules

[Image] Affordable Care Act saves young adults millions in emergency room care

How much do you know about women’s health & the ACA? Take this quiz to find out!



Hospital readmission rates heading in the right direction

Medical nomenclature is needlessly complex

What should medical students expect from health reform?

50+ bed hospitals to be shut out of 2015 HIX offerings w/o contract w approved patient safety orgs


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