Tennessee telemedicine bill heads to governor's desk; Electronic pump helps deliver drugs to treat neurological disorders;

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> A telemedicine bill in Tennessee that holds providers to the "same standard of professional practice as a similar licensee of the same practice area or specialty" is awaiting the governor's signature. The bill was passed by the state legislature this week. Bill

> An organic electronic micro pump, created by reseachers at the Institute of Neuroscience, can help make drugs more effective for treating neurological disorders, according to an article at News-Medical.com. The tool allows for the delivery of therapeutic drugs to an exact area of the brain. Article

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> In an attempt to simplify hospital quality ratings for consumers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has unveiled a new feature on its Hospital Compare website that ranks facilities on a five-star scale, CMS announced Thursday. Article

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> UnitedHealth and Mayo Clinic are partnering on revenue management to boost patient experiences and lower costs. The two companies will streamline the prior authorization process, enhance claims editing functions and simplify administrative billing. Article

> Even the simplest of wellness initiatives can reap big savings for payers, the North Carolina State Health Plan said at the Health Information and Management System Society's annual conference in Chicago. Article

And Finally... I would have made a bee-line out of there. Article