Steven Stack sworn in as AMA president; Device helps detect bacterial meningitis in infants;

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> Steven Stack, M.D., is the new president of the American Medical Association after being sworn in at AMA's annual meeting Tuesday. Stack is an emergency physician who practices in Lexington, Kentucky, and served as chair of the AMA's Health Information Technology Advisory Group from 2007 to 2013. "I am honored and privileged to be named president of an organization that is dedicated to art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health and a profession that is working to improve the health of our nation," Stack said. Announcement

> Researchers from Spain and the United Kingdom are developing a device that can detect bacterial meningitis in infants using ultrasound scans, according to an article at The portable tool's high-resolution scans can be analyzed in seconds to see if there is sign of infection. Article

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> Hospitals and healthcare systems are becoming more capable of functioning in a world of value-based payments, according to a new survey by the Healthcare Financial Management Association and Humana. Article

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> Patient-centered medical homes may have the most success in their mission to improve care quality and lower healthcare utilization when they offer financial incentives for participants in the form of shared savings, a new study suggests. The three-year study, led by the RAND Corporation and published in JAMA Internal Medicine, examined claims data from the northeast region of the Pennsylvania Chronic Care Initiative. Article

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