ASHP + Partners Urge Congress Action on Drug Shortages

Congress has been urged to take immediate action in addressing the public health crisis associated with persistent shortages of critical medications, according to an announcement at the mid-year clinical meeting and exhibition of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. A group of national medical associations urges Congress to determine how manufacturers should disclose drug shortages, to examine whether sole-source products should be manufactured at multiple plants, and whether manufacturers should require development of a contingency plan for critical medications.

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 BREAKING NEWS
Novel Metrics Suggested for Assessing EHR Use

Novel metrics have been developed to assess electronic health record (EHR) use and are described in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers proposed six categories to measure EHR use. These include Work After Work, which captures the hours a clinician spends logged in to the EHR during non-work hours; Click Counts, which tracks the number of clicks per day or per task and could help optimize high-volume tasks; and Teamwork, which measures the ratio of staff-entered to physician-entered tasks.

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 BREAKING NEWS
Guidance Provided for Preventing Practice Billing Errors

A health care advocacy group has reported that up to 80% of all medical bills contain mistakes. Mistakes can result in loss of reimbursement, but they can also result in patient harm. Failure to bill correctly can impact a patient’s treatment due to an incorrect diagnostic code. To prevent billing errors, practices should have a compliance plan and policy, and someone to enforce it. Retaining a third-party billing expert to assess a portion of the claims can also help.

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 BREAKING NEWS
Greater Engagement for Patients Who Read Visit Notes

Greater engagement is reported by patients who read notes and submit feedback, according to a study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Study authors developed a patient feedback tool linked to OpenNotes as part of a pilot quality improvement initiative. Patients valued note content for confirmation and remembering next steps, quicker access and results, positive emotions, and sharing information with care partners. Patients used the notes and feedback tool for accuracy, bidirectional communication and education.

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 BREAKING NEWS
With Pence as Tie-breaker, Senate Votes to Debate Obamacare Overhaul

With Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote, the U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to begin debate on a bill to overhaul Obamacare. Only two Republicans — Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, both centrists — voted against the measure. The 51-50 vote was simply procedural, allowing the Senate to begin debate on revisions of major provisions of Obamacare, the controversial health reform law that was the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s domestic agenda.

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 BREAKING NEWS
Medicaid Enrollees Are Satisfied With Their Health Care

Medicaid enrollees are largely satisfied with their health care, and most can access the care they need, research in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests. Medicaid enrollees rated their overall health care at 7.9, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the “best possible” care. Eighty-four percent of enrollees said they were able to get all the care they or their physician deemed necessary within the past six months, while 83% reported having a usual source of care.

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 BREAKING NEWS