Online registry will track sudden heart problems among youths; Vocational school to add health IT training;

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> An online registry in New Jersey will track sudden heart problems among youths, according to an article in NJ Spotlight. The registry will include incidents ranging from cases where defibrillators were used on children to instances when children died. "It's going to give us some real data as opposed to, 'maybe we hear about things or maybe we don't hear about things,'" cardiologist Stephen Rice told NJ Spotlight. Article

> New York's Department of Education is launching a health IT school that combines four years of high school with a two-year technical school. According to an announcement, the school will specialize in IT solutions in the healthcare industry. "Classes will emphasize computer information and systems management as students train through internships for healthcare-related technology careers with Microsoft systems and acquire experience in New York-Presbyterian Hospital's information technology operations," the announcement added. Article

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> The Office of Inspector General has been critical of Medicare oversight in previous reviews, and Tuesday's report is no different. This week, the OIG claimed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services may not be catching all overpaid claims and therefore allowing high amounts of improper payments to persist. Article

> Hospital costs for those who are privately insured vary widely and are much higher than Medicare payment rates, a new study by the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) found. The study was conducted across 13 U.S. metropolitan areas with large amounts of autoworkers, including: Ann Arbor, Mich.; Cleveland; Indianapolis; Detroit; Kansas City; St. Louis; Cocomo, Ind., Toledo, Ohio; Lansing, Mich.; Flint, Mich.; Youngstown, Ohio; Buffalo, N.Y.; and Warren, Mich. Article

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> The success of a partnership between Memphis, Tenn., churches and hospitals is attracting attention from other poor, Southern communities.Memphis is listed by census data as the poorest metropolitan area in the U.S., and Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has called Tennessee "one of the least healthy states in the nation." Article

And Finally... Perhaps people will finally stop twerking now that it's a fire hazard. Article


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