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Executive Order Reduces HHS Time for Transparency

An executive order issued this week calls for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to write the hospital requirements on price transparency in the next 60 days. This should mandate “standard charge information, including charges and information based on negotiated rates and for common or shoppable items.” But what are common or …

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Only 20% of Hospitals meet Maternity Care Performance Standards

Alarmingly, based on a 2017 study, the U.S. has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world. Let that sink in. While mortality rates have declined throughout Europe, Australia, and Canada since 1990, the U.S.’s rate has grown exponentially. There are many reasons for this, including hospitals maternity care performance standards. Based on …

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CMS Final Rule for Drug Prices in Advertising

A rule proposed in October of last year has become final on May 8, 2019. This rule would mandate that pharmaceutical companies publish the prices of any medication with a list price greater than $35 during television ads. Pharmaceutical companies tried to push back on this rule stating that listing the prices would confuse patients …

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Data in Today’s Healthcare Market

Since the introduction of the HITECH Act, there has been a fast-paced shift to incorporate technology into healthcare. With a focus on improving patient outcomes and establishing true interoperability as the Act originally intended, we have fallen quite short of that mark. However, better utilization of data from our systems can help with business decisions, …

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Telemedicine and Increased Antibiotics Prescriptions for Kids

We have been reviewing telemedicine a lot lately. Telemedicine is still in its infancy, with many providers hesitant to jump in. One specialty, however, has been increasing their telehealth visits, and that is pediatrics. And while there have been numerous studies on the benefits of telemedicine for adults, there have been very few regarding the …

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Telehealth Utilization by Patients on the Rise

Stanford Children’s Health in Palo Alto, CA has grown their telehealth program exponentially over the last three years. Their goal is to be more patient-centered, making healthcare more convenient and accessible. From just 192 visits in 2017 to 1,500 already in the first few months of 2019, this practice has learned the value of providing …

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