Most chronic pain sufferers have tried alternative therapies such as acupuncture or chiropractic care, but more than a third didn't tell their medical doctors about it, according to a survey of more than 6,000 patients treated for chronic pain at Kaiser Permanente Northwest.
Smartphones in the operating room can both be a help and a hinder--doctors can use them to view patient information and lab results, but can also easily be distracted by the devices.
It's no secret the healthcare industry is in the midst of a transformation, as more practices consider new delivery and payment models to help achieve the Triple Aim of improved care, better population health and lower costs. What's less certain are the particular changes practices should make to adapt.
The third stage of the Meaningful Use program could leave even tech-savvy providers unable to meet requirements, as they must depend on the health IT adoption of others, says Niam Yaraghi, a fellow at the Brooking Institution's Center for Technology Innovation.
While it's "very generous" of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association to offer identity protection services to all of its 160 million members, the move ultimately it doesn't fix the issue of hackers' troubling ability to access health insurers' customer data, a cybersecurity expert said.
Patient portal use in the healthcare industry has the potential to reduce disparities in care for minority groups and people with lower health literacy; however, that promise has yet to be realized, according to a paper at PLOS Medicine.
Saying that it wants to "lead the healthcare industry in the area of cybersecurity practices," the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association will offer identity theft protection services to all of its members starting Jan. 1.
Insurers increasingly, albeit slowly, cover telemedicine services for their members in an effort to save money and increase care coordination, reports Managed Care. "In five years, this will just be a common way people get care," John Jesser, Anthem's vice president of provider engagement and cost of care, told the magazine.
While the 21st Century Cures Act is supported by many industry stakeholders, at least one powerhouse, the American Hospital Association, has significant concerns about how it would impose penalties against information blockers.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services continues to use payment reform to direct more providers to use electronic health records, this time in its proposed new rule changing how hospitals would be paid for hip and knee replacement.