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Concerns surround wellness programs' rising use of biometric tests

More and more workplace wellness programs are asking company employees to undergo so-called biometrics or blood tests that screen for a variety of risk factors from high cholesterol levels to high blood sugars.

Aging population poses threats and opportunities to practices

The U.S. population is aging, making Medicare beneficiaries an increasingly prevalent part of practices' patient panels. This trend poses both challenges and opportunities for all medical providers.

Transgender patients need more access to competent, compassionate care

Routine aspects of medical care such as filling out forms and finding the restroom aren't so straightforward for patients who are transgender. Taking steps to make practices more lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)–friendly don't just make patients feel more welcome, but also could mean the difference between people getting or skipping needed care, according to a story from  NPR.

Culture change key to successful patient engagement, say providers, innovators

Successful patient engagement by provider organizations is as much about culture change as updated technology, according to stakeholders speaking last week at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's annual consumer summit in the District of Columbia.

Why the words 'thank you' lead to greater rewards

ICD-10 conversion got your team down? Try showing gratitude for all the work they've done preparing for implementation and working through any hiccups in switching to the new medical coding system.  

Hospitals tout success on Day 1 of ICD-10 transition

Day 1 of ICD-10 use was a relative success, according to several hospital IT and information management leaders who spoke to  FierceHealthIT.

Bargaining power for docs comes at the expense of hospital leaders

Giving doctors more bargaining power may hurt hospitals in the long run, according to research published in Organization Science.

'Moral distress' is major contributor to burnout among emergency nurses

"Moral distress" can play a major contributing role to burnout among emergency nurses, according to a new report commissioned by the Emergency Nurses Association and published online in the  Journal of Emergency Nursing. Nurses in emergency healthcare find themselves increasingly unable to perform their jobs at a level that is fulfilling and which aligns with their inner sense of what quality nursing entails. 

Privacy concerns arise when wellness programs share data with vendors

There are major privacy concerns about workplace wellness programs that share employees' information with outside vendors, according to a report by  Kaiser Health News.

Why constant communication will be vital to post-ICD-10 transition success

Continuous communication and education, particularly for coders, will be key to ensuring a successful transition to ICD-10, according to various stakeholders speaking this week at the American Healthcare Information Management Association's annual meeting in New Orleans.