New Medicare PPS for FQHCs: Operational Requirements - Register Now

Wednesday, Jun 25, 1:30-3pm ET

As required by Section 10501 of the Affordable Care Act, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) will transition to a Prospective Payment System (PPS) beginning on October 1, 2014. This MLN Connects National Provider Call will provide information on operational requirements of the new payment system.

'Nothing is Broken': For an Injured Doctor, Quality-Focused Care Misses the Mark

Written by Dr. Charlotte Yeh, Chief Medical Officer, AARP Services, Inc., published in HealthAffairs.

It was just after 6 o’clock in the evening on Wednesday, December 7, 2011—Pearl Harbor Day—when I left my organization’s Washington, D.C., office to meet a colleague for dinner. It was dark and rainy, and I had one more intersection to cross to get to the restaurant. I was about a third of the way across the intersection when I heard a loud “thump” and felt a sharp pain squarely in my backside. A dialogue unfolded in my head: “Wow! I wonder what that was…. I think it was me. No, I don’t think it was me. Wait…I think I just got hit by a car! But there’s no way!” Before I could even make sense of the situation, I had flown through the air and landed on the street.

CME and CEU Opportunities in Cardiology

Physicians and nurses are invited to attend the symposium, Cardiovascular Disease Management: A Case-Based Approach, on Friday October 10 and Saturday October 11, at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix. The symposium is hosted by Course Director, Richard Heuser, MD, cardiologist with Phoenix Heart Center, a member of Physician Group of Arizona. Sign up now.

Google Glass Enters the Operating Room

Written by Anahad O'Connor, published in The New York Times
Before scrubbing in on a recent Tuesday morning, Dr. Selene Parekh, an orthopedic surgeon at Duke Medical Center, slipped on a pair of sleek, black glasses — Google Glass, the wearable computer with a built-in camera and monitor.
He gave the Internet-connected glasses a voice command to start recording and turned to the middle-aged motorcycle crash victim on the operating table.

Boston Hospital Pilot Gives Patients Electronic Access to Their Therapists' Notes

Written by Lena H. Sun, published in The Washington Post

For years, the woman went to a Boston hospital to talk to a therapist about being depressed and overweight. The therapist, listening closely, asked questions and jotted down notes on a memo pad.
Until recently, the 54-year-old woman didn’t know what her therapist was writing. Then, last month, her therapist offered to share his notes with her regularly.
Lori, who for privacy reasons did not want her last name used, initially was reluctant. She didn’t want to know what her shrink was thinking. What if he wrote, “She’s really going crazy”?
But when she read two pages of notes from two visits last month, she was pleasantly surprised by the level of detail. He wrote, for example, about how much she disliked using the treadmill. “He really is listening,” she said.
Lori is among several hundred patients taking part in an experiment at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center that began March 1 and gives them electronic access to therapy notes written by their psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers. Beth Israel is the first private hospital system to do so, and the practice has set off a spirited debate among mental-health professionals and patients.

Poorer Health of Surgery Patients on Medicaid May Alter Law's Bottom Line

Article written by Robert Pear and published in The New York Times

Surgery patients covered by Medicaid arrive at the hospital in worse health, experience more complications, stay longer and cost more than patients with private insurance, a new study has found.

Regents Approve New UA Downtown Phoenix Project

Construction of Biosciences Partnership Building Set to Begin

FLAGSTAFF – The Arizona Board of Regents on Thursday approved plans to construct a 10-story, 245,000-square-foot research building on the campus of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix.

The Regents, at their meeting in Flagstaff, endorsed plans for the Biosciences Partnership Building, which will be built immediately north of the Health Sciences Education Building near 7th Street and Fillmore in downtown Phoenix.

CMS Information on Open Payments Registration

Phase 1 of provider registration for Open Payments begins June 1, 2014.  Physicians and teaching hospitals that want to participate in Open Payments need to register in CMS’ Enterprise Portal.  The benefit of registration, although voluntary, is that it allows providers to review data that industry has reported and dispute any inaccuracies.

CMS and ONC Release NPRM Allowing CEHRT Flexibility and Extending Stage 2

CMS and ONC released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would allow providers participating in the EHR Incentive Programs to use the 2011 Edition of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) for calendar and fiscal year 2014.
The NPRM will grant flexibility to providers who are experiencing difficulties fully implementing 2014 Edition CEHRT to attest this year. The proposed rule would allow providers to use EHRs that have been certified under the 2011 Edition, a combination of the 2011 and 2014 Editions, or the 2014 Edition.
Beginning in 2015, all eligible providers would be required to report using 2014 Edition CEHRT.

Pathway Scholars Program Created for Aspiring Arizona Medical Students

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix is finalizing the inaugural cohort of students for the Pathway Scholars Program. The one-year graduate certificate of study is designed to give students who may have been under-resourced, for a variety of reasons, a unique opportunity to prove their ability to succeed in a medical school environment. 
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