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How Hospital ERs are Slashing Wait Times

September 8, 2017 BY Alanna Moriarty

How Hospital ERs are Slashing Wait Times

At New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center (NYPWC), ER wait times were up to two and a half hours for low-acuity patients.

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Hospital EHR Implementation Rates Rise, Don’t Necessarily Ease Information Flow

According to a new study published in Health Affairs, electronic health record logs show that physicians are spending less time on face-to-face patient interactions and more time on so-called desktop medicine. Desktop medicine refers to digital tasks providers must complete, such as communicating with patients through online portals, refilling prescriptions, ordering tests, corresponding with staff, and reviewing test results.

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ACA Physician Shortage is Less than Once Feared, but a Real Problem in Some States

A new study appearing in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that, contrary to initial expectations, the ACA Medicaid expansion did not lead to a significant physician shortage among primary care providers, at least in 10 states surveyed. According to the study, appointment availability increased for Medicaid patients by 5.4 percent from 2012 to 2016, despite a rise in the Medicaid population. While good news, some states faced more serious access barriers than others and the long-term demand for physicians is still projected to outstrip supply.

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Top Factors in Decreasing Hospital Readmission Rates

August 29, 2017 BY Alanna Moriarty

Top Factors in Decreasing Hospital Readmission Rates

A new study evaluating CMS hospital readmissions programs was published by the University of Michigan (UM) in the August edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association. After CMS launched the Hospital Remission Reduction program in 2012, healthcare providers across the country have attempted to lower their readmission percentages—and keep them low.

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As Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf coast of Texas, more than 200 hospitals had to evacuate and take precautionary measures for the safety of their patients and staff. It is reported to be the most destructive storm to ever hit Texas, and potentially the U.S.

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