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LATEST FROM TRADES | On the edge about cuts…Budget bad for SNFs


FIRST DATABANK | Interview with Greg Dorn Pres/CEO The latest Customer Connection newsletter highlights monograph changes.

HEALTHCARE IT NEWS | NIST asking for volunteers – NIST is asking for vendors to supply their EHR products for research in developing tools to evaluate usability.

iHEALTHBEAT | Meaningful Use waiting on vendors – About a third of the barriers for adopting meaningful use are due to technology upgrades and certification delays.

Other Article:
ACO recommendations – The ehealth initiative has recommended a technical base that supports patient centered care, adaptable to change, secure PHI, and foster coordination of care across settings.

KAISER | States on the edge for cuts – At mid FY2012, 10 states are facing budget short falls and many others are counting on the new dually eligible initiatives to keep enrollment but prevent major cuts. The worst hit states are California, Colorado, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia.

LONG TERM LIVING | Proposed rule on overpayments – A new CMS rule would require providers to report any overpayments within 60 days.

MCKNIGHT’S | Flu vaccine supported – AHCA has agreed that flu vaccine be “offered” to healthcare workers but the stop short in suggesting it should be mandated.

Other Articles:
Exploratory treatments for Alzheimer’s – A new procedure being used for other neurological disorders may also benefit dementia.

Obama Budget bad for SNFs – SNFs were included in Medicare cuts in the budget. And adding to the proposed government savings would be penalties for high re-hospitalization rates.

NEW YORK TIMES HEALTH | Smartphone Apps – One of the latest health apps for phones is for psychotherapy.

REUTERS | Musician invents Cpap gel – An unlikely inventor created a gel to help with Cpap mask abrasions suffered by his mom. The gel is now marketed by ResMed.