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For better health, docs must talk to patients about exercise

While only about a quarter of American men and a third of American women are at a healthy weight, physicians talk to their patients about the need for exercise in only about 9 percent of office visits, according to Edward M. Phillips, M.D., and Helen Durkin, J.D., in an article in  Medical Economics.

WHO's 6-step hand-washing technique more effective than CDC's 3 steps

A six-step hand-washing process developed by the World Health Organization is more effective than the three-step approach suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a study has found.

Teaching hospitals can prepare for value-based care with integrated network alliances

Healthcare's transition from fee-for-service to value-based care models is hitting teaching hospitals especially hard. However, if such hospitals strengthen their ties to integrated delivery networks that emphasize primary care and multispecialty group practice, they can significantly improve their chances of a successful transition, argues a post from the NEJM   Catalyst blog.

HIE analytics platform fuels St. Joseph population health efforts

An analytics platform built atop the state's health information exchange (HIE) allows St. Joseph Healthcare in Bangor, Maine, to be proactive rather than reactive in its patient care, according to an article at  Healthcare IT News.

Medical practice creates 'bump list' to get sick patients in to see a doctor

Medical practices are commonly faced with two problems: trying to squeeze sick patients in to see a doctor right away and no-shows who never make it to their scheduled appointment. Now a New York City medical practice is hoping to take those two problems and create a solution for patients who need to be seen for illnesses that might send them to a retail or urgent care clinic instead of the primary care doctor's office for treatment.

Changes to proposed MACRA rule offer little relief for small practices

Adjustments to the proposed rule for value-based payment models encompassed by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act have not done enough to even the playing field for smaller practices, according to an article in  Medscape.

Anthem ACOs save providers $14.8M in one year

Care coordination efforts initiated through Anthem's accountable care organization saved four medical groups nearly $15 million over the course of one year, according to a post on the State of Reform website.  

Healthcare executives are optimistic about current state of financial affairs

Healthcare executives are generally optimistic about the current state of their businesses, although they have ongoing concerns about the ever-increasing cost of delivering care, according to a survey conducted by CIT Healthcare Finance.

Some Louisiana hospital execs balk over Medicaid projections

One of the first acts of Louisiana's recently elected Democratic governor was to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act.

States take action to ban payers from gender identity discrimination

Insurance companies in Hawaii and Pennsylvania may no longer discriminate against transgendered people when approving coverage for certain medical procedures.